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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Freedom of expression online

Communications and Digital Committee
Freedom of expression online

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Start times: 3.00pm (private) 3.00pm (public)


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Communications and Digital Committee hears from fact checker and academics

The Communications and Digital Committee hears evidence from independent fact checker and academics as part of its ongoing inquiry into freedom of expression online. The Committee probes fact-checking and the implications of artificial intelligence for freedom of expression.

Meeting details

At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
Research Associate at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Chief Executive Officer at Full Fact
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
Associate Professor at Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Associate Professor at Faculty of Philosophy, Institute for Ethics in AI, Hertford College, University of Oxford

Possible questions

Likely questions and topics of discussion with Full Fact and Dr Lucas Graves include:

  • What should online fact-checkers be concerned about?
  • How accountable are fact-checkers for their judgements?
  • When a statement in a post has been identified as untrue, what action should platforms take?
  • Do users have the skills necessary to determine what is true online?

Likely questions and topics of discussion with Professor Sandra Wachter and Professor Carissa VĂ©liz include:

  • Is large-scale automated content moderation compatible with the freedom of expression?
  • Does automated content moderation disadvantage certain groups?
  • Are platforms sufficiently transparent about how their algorithms rank content in search results and social media feeds?
  • How well do users understand how algorithms work?

Further information

Location

Virtual meeting