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False news and the European Election, 15/6/2018

The European Parliament Office in Ireland invites you to a seminar on "False news and the European Election" which takes place at The Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square East, Dublin 2 from 10.00 am - 1:00 pm on Friday 15 June.  Registration from 9:30 am.  The event is free but spaces are limited and pre-registration is essential.  Email before Wednesday 13 June to book your place.

False News, or Fake News, has become a key issue in modern politics all over the world.  Politicians, media practitioners, public institutions, academics and researchers alike are trying to keep up with developments in this fast-moving area. Our understanding of its impact on elections and referenda is incomplete, but what we do know is highly unsettling.

The aim of this seminar will be to examine the extent to which the phenomena we describe as 'False News' has impacted on Ireland and then to look ahead to its relevance in the Presidential, European, Local - and possible General - Elections in the next twelve months, asking if there are grounds for concern and, if so, what is the appropriate response at both national and EU level.

Panel 1

Paddy Smyth – Brussels Correspondent, The Irish Times
Marjorie Van Den Broeke - Head of the Spokesperson's Service, European Parliament
Gavin Sheridan – Co-founder,
Áine Kerr – Co-founder and COO, Neva Labs

Panel 2

Alyn Smith MEP
James Lawless TD
Lynn Boylan MEP
Senator Ivana Bacik

Moderator: David Davin-Power, Journalist and Broadcaster


Academic paper referred to by Gavin Sheridan