Online political advertising and disinformation – gathering evidence, shaping regulation – BigStage 2020

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12 June 2020 | 13:00-14:30 | Studio The Hague | Video recording | Forum
BigStage 2020 overview

Session teaser

In this session, Dr Meike Isenberg from the German Media Authorities will talk about important research she led on how online platforms have been handling disinformation, political advertising and elections communications. She’ll tell us about how regulators have gone about this work: the methodology used for the analysis, skills required, collaboration with platforms and with other regulators, and potential challenges along the road; and how platforms have responded to the self-regulatory challenge of the EU’s Code on Disinformation. And perhaps most importantly, we’ll hear from Dr Isenberg what conclusions can be drawn about the current self-regulatory approach, and discuss how these can be translated into policy actions that avoid threats for freedom of speech.


Presenter/Key participants:

  • Maria Donde (interviewer)
    Maria works for the UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) as the Head of its International Content Policy, covering media, content and broadcasting issues. She leads on Ofcom’s engagement with other European media regulators, most particularly through the European Platform for Regulatory Authorities (EPRA, where is currently a Vice-Chair) as well as international bodies, and represents Ofcom on the full range of media policy questions, in particular media plurality and media literacy.
  • Dr. Meike Isenberg (main speaker)
    Meike works for the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is responsible for the protection of human dignity, minors, media users and private media plurality. In the Media Policy and Media Economics Group, she heads the research activities and deals mainly with questions of disinformation, online political advertising, hate speech and international law enforcement. Recently she had the overall coordination of the German contribution to the monitoring the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) has carried out to assist the European Commission in the evaluation of the effectiveness of the Code of Practice on Disinformation, signed by the major online platforms Facebook, Google and Twitter.