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Fake news evidence session in Washington D.C. update

25 January 2018

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will be holding the fourth public session as part of its inquiry into fake news on Thursday 8 February in Washington DC.

Evidence session

Date: Thursday, 8th February 2018
Venue: George Washington University, Washington DC

This oral evidence session is part of the Committee's inquiry into Fake news and misinformation.

This is the first ever live broadcast, public hearing of a House of Commons select committee outside of the United Kingdom. It will be a formal proceeding of the UK Parliament. A transcript of the proceedings will be available later via the Official Report/Hansard.

As advertised previously, the Committee is to visit the US in February 2018. The Committee programme will include a number of private meetings with tech and media companies in New York before travelling to Washington DC and taking oral evidence in public session. The George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management and School of Media and Public Affairs will host the public evidence session for the Committee.

UK timings below (Washington DC local time in brackets).


Panel 1: 14.00 (09.00 US time) - Google  

  • Richard Gingras, Vice President of News
  • Juniper Downs, Global Head of Public Policy, YouTube

Panel 2: 15.00 (10.00 US time) - Facebook

  • Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management
  • Simon Milner, Policy Director, UK, Middle East and Africa

Panel 3: 16.00 (11.00 US time) - Twitter

  • Carlos Monje, Director, Public Policy and Philanthropy, U.S. and Canada
  • Nick Pickles, Head of Public Policy and Philanthropy, UK

Lunch break at noon

Panel 4: 18.00 (13.00 US time) 

  • David Carroll, Associate Professor of Media Design, The New School
  • Amy Mitchell, Director of Journalism Research, Pew Research Center
  • Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
  • Claire Wardle, Research Fellow, Shorenstein Centre on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Panel 5: 19.00 (14.00 US time) 

  • David Chavern, President and CEO, News Media Alliance
  • Tony Maddox, Executive VP and MD, CNN International
  • Kinsey Wilson, Special Advisor to the President/CEO of the New York Times
  • Major Garrett, Chief White House Correspondent, CBS News

A press conference will follow at 21.00 (16.00 US time).

Important: media pre-registration

Any media wishing to cover the public session must pre-register interest by emailing Lucy Dargahi: with their details. There will a set number of places reserved for media allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The Chair and members of the Committee will be available for interview including broadcast clips, at the press conference on Thursday evening at 21.00 (16.00 US time).

It is possible to pre-register for individual sessions or the entire programme but you must indicate your preference to attend the press conference.

The session will be streamed live and made available to broadcasters. Arrangements will be confirmed in due course and distributed by media advisory note.

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