Misinformation is no longer just a buzzword. From the 2019 Australian election and bushfires, to the ongoing debate around 5G and the current COVID-19 situation, disinformation and misinformation have become a regular feature of public discourse and had dramatic real world consequences.
As Australia develops an industry code of practice, it is timely to consider the evolving problem, trends and paradigms that inform public policy approaches around the globe. What does a future facing, joined-up approach look like, and how does it serve the broad spectrum of society?
The IIC Australian Chapter (IICA) and guest speakers discussed:
Recording of the IIC Australia Webinar held on 17 August 2020Download
Claire Wardle leads the strategic direction and research for First Draft. In 2009 she left her academic position at Cardiff University to develop an organization wide training program for the BBC on social media, verification and misinformation and has been obsessed with the topic ever since. In 2017 she co-authored the seminal report, Information Disorder: An interdisciplinary Framework for Research and Policy for the Council of Europe. Over the past decade she has been a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and head of social media for the United Nations Refugee Agency. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.
Creina Chapman has held a number of senior executive and strategic adviser roles at commercial media companies; Southern Cross Austereo, News Corp, Publishing & Broadcasting Limited and the Nine Network. Her experience in the media and communications sector is gained from organisations spanning television, radio, print, mobile services, podcasting and online services which serve metropolitan, regional and remote Australian markets. She has also been a senior policy adviser to Federal members of Parliament including; Senator Richard Alston, Minister for Communications and the Arts and Treasurer Joe Hockey MP.
Ms Chapman has been appointed Deputy Chair and CEO at the ACMA for five years from 11 June 2018 until 10 June 2023.
Jean-Jacques Sahel was appointed Asia-Pacific Information Policy Lead at Google in November 2019, overseeing Google’s public policy approach in the region for issues including misinformation, online safety and intermediary liability.
He has been involved in international government and regulatory affairs for over 15 years in both the private and government sectors. Before joining Google, Mr Sahel was Managing Director of ICANN’s Brussels office and led the organisation’s corporate strategy and operations across the European region. He also led ICANN’s strategic plan for outreach, support and engagement with governments, private sector, and user groups throughout Europe, and worldwide for civil society.
Previously, Mr Sahel headed government and regulatory affairs for Skype, then digital policy at Microsoft for Europe, Middle-East & Africa regions. He had started his career in the City of London, before spending several years in the UK Government, leading in particular its international telecommunications policy.
Ex officio, Mr Sahel chaired the UK Chapter of the International Institute of Communications (IIC) from 2009-2019 and continues to serve on the IIC’s Board. He was a member of OSAB, the Advisory Board of UK communications regulator Ofcom for 2 terms until 2016. He has authored articles and research in both mainstream media and academic publications particularly on Internet policy and governance.
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Sophie Kowald is a Policy Adviser to a Member of Parliament and Co-Vice President of the Australian Chapter of the IIC.
In the decade from 2006 to 2016, Ms Kowald worked for the Australian Communications and Media Authority, an independent statutory agency, and served as a member of the Advertising Standards Board, part of the system of advertising self-regulation in Australia.
Prior to that, Ms Kowald worked at the Centre for Media and Communications Law at the University of Melbourne, the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and as a casual academic.
Ms Kowald has wide-ranging experience across media and communications policy, law and regulation. She has contributed to spectrum and content reform, the digital dividend program, a range of broadcast investigations and regulatory reviews as well as inquiries and research projects, including a report to the World Health Organisation on Controlling Cross-Border Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship.
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