The Select Committee on fake news has revealed its March dates for public hearings

There's still time to make written submissions for the Committee to consider.

By Sulaiman Daud | March 5, 2018

The Select Committee on fake news, or to give it its proper title, the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods – Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures, will hold public hearings in March 2018.

In a statement released by the Office of the Clerk of Parliament, on behalf of the Select Committee, the Committee will consider evidence presented by experts and industry stakeholders. Members of the public are allowed to take part too.

The announced dates for the hearings are:

  • 14 to 16 March
  • 22 to 23 March
  • 27 to 29 March

As the hearings progress, the Committee will decide whether or not to use all the days it has set aside.

Open to the public

These hearings will also be open to members of the public and the media, and will be held in Parliament’s Public Hearing Room.

If you want to make written representations to the Committee, the deadline has been extended and you have up till 4:30 pm on March 7 to do so.

As of 4:30 pm on Feb. 27, the Committee has already received 62 submissions.

More details on both the written representations and the hearings, including who will be making the presentations, will be revealed after the Committee meets on March 9.

Its mandate

So what will the Select Committee actually do?

It’s tasked with examining a policy issue in-depth.

In this case, the Committee will look at the problem of fake news — or deliberate online falsehoods — by hearing from expert witnesses and members of the public.

It can then present its recommendations to Parliament, who will decide the next step to take.

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About Sulaiman Daud

Sulaiman believes that we can be heroes, if just for one day. His favourite Doctor is Peter Capaldi's Twelve. In his spare time he writes about film, pop-culture and international politics, which you are very welcome to read here.

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