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World Editors Forum’s Stephen Rae joins EU expert group on ‘fake news’

Stephen Rae, the Group Editor-in-Chief of Independent News & Media PLC, Ireland, who sits on the board of the World Editors Forum, has been appointed to the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Fake News.

by Nick Tjaardstra nick.tjaardstra@wan-ifra.org | January 12, 2018

The 40-person expert group will advise the European Commission on all issues arising in relation to the spread of false information across traditional and social media and on how to cope with its social and political consequences.

It meets for the first time in Brussels on Monday 15th January.

Rae was invited to join the Group by the Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Roberto Viola.

Commenting on his appointment, Rae said: “We have seen the widespread damage that can be done by the willful dissemination of false information on social media platforms.

“I look forward to meeting and exchanging views with my colleagues on the Expert Group as we advise the European Commission on dealing with this complex challenge, which has major social and political consequences for citizens.”

The group is chaired by Professor Madeleine de Cock Buning of Utrecht University. Other members are:

Markovski, VeniICANN
Bechmann, AnjaDigital Footprints / Digital society
Nielsen, RasmusReuters Institute for Journalism Oxford
Raag, IlmarMedia executive
Jimenez Cruz, ClaraEl Objetivo de Ana Pastor
Frau-Meigs, DivinaSorbonne Nouvelle University
Pollicino, OresteBocconi University
Vaisbrode, NeringaCommunication adviser
Rozukalne, AndaRiga Stradings University
Bargaoanu, AlinaUniversity of Bucharest
Turk, ZigaUniversity of Ljubljana
Curran, NoelEBU
Gniffke, KaiARD
Schwetje, SonjaRTL Group
Nieri, GinaMediaset
Stjarne, HannaSveriges Television
Polák, JurajRTVS
Whitehead, SarahSky News
Goyens, MoniqueBEUC
Steenfadt, OlafReporters sans frontières
Sundermann, MarcBertelsmann & Co
Von Reppert-Bismarck, JulianeLie Detectors
Mantzarlis, AlexiosIFCN Poynter
Salo, MikkoFaktabaari
Dzsinich, GergelyICT law
Riotta, GianniJournalist
Niklewicz, KonradCivic Institute
Wardle, ClaireFirst draft
Dimitrov, DimitarWikimedia
MacDonald, RaeganMozilla Firefox
Lundblad, NicklasGoogle
Stephen TurnerTwitter
Richard AllanFacebook
Gutierrez, RicardoEuropean Federation for Journalists
Leclercq, ChristopheEurActiv
Lemarchand, GrégoireAFP
Rae, StephenIndependent News and Media
Fubini, FedericoJournalist
van Wijk, WoutNews Media Europe