Risks and Responsability Online


Date: 10th February 2010
Time: 6 pm
Location: The BOX, Tower Three, Level 5, London School of Economics Date: 11 Mar, 2010

Are social media a legitimate source for news stories? In an event chaired by Polis Director Charlie Beckett, representatives of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), the media industry and legal experts will examine how journalists should deal with social networks.

This seminar will provide an opportunity to hear their opinions on high-profile cases such as the recent Twitter complaints against the Daily Mail's coverage of the death of Stephen Gately.

It will also explore the ethics and practicalities of the new media environment including social networking and micro-blogging platforms as well as news media websites.

Here is a preview of some of the questions that will be debated during this panel:

• How, on a practical level, is the social networking phenomenon affecting the way that journalists gather news? What are the challenges for editors?
• How is this having an impact on organizations like the PCC which have to decide what is public information and what should remain private?
• Is there a noticeable trend towards the public becoming more cautious about the way they treat online material?
• How are sites like Twitter affecting the way that people respond to news events etc?
• What should we all be doing to highlight the potential implications of posting material online, at the same time as preserving freedom of expression?


Stephen Abell  (Director, PCC)

Professor Ian Walden (Professor of Communications Law, Queen Mary, University of London and PCC public Commissioner)

Caroline Kean (Partner, Wiggin LLP)

Jeremy Olivier  (Head of Multimedia, Ofcom)

Torin Douglas (BBC Media Correspondent)

Janine Gibson (Editor, Guardian.co.uk)

Chaired by Polis Director Charlie Beckett

Further speakers to be confirmed.

The seminar will finish at 8pm but you are invited to stay on for informal conversation and drinks until 9pm.

Places are limited. Please RSVP to polis@lse.ac.uk|.