Is there a misinformation crisis?

5 June 2018
15.00 – 16.30
ASCoR and IViR – Personalised Communication Symposium

The public and academic debate over the scope and consequences of the Misinformation crisis is raging. The term Fake News is widely critiqued and a new vocabulary to describe, analyse, and address the challenges of the new information environment is being developed.

The EU High Level Group finished its recommendations and the European Commission is now launching a series of measures to deal with this phenomenon. In this event, we first have Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (Oxford University) and Member of the High Level Group report on the work, conclusion, and current follow up of the HLG. He will offer a lecture on this topic. His presentation is followed by a short response and intervention by Amelie Heldt (Hans Bredow Institute) from the perspective of current German interventions and laws. Next, senior researcher Tarlach McGonagle (University of Amsterdam) will offer his vision on the topic from a Fundamental Rights perspective. The interventions are followed by Q&A and debate, moderated by Professor Natali Helberger.


  • Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (University of Oxford), member of the High level expert group on Fake News and online disinformation)
  • Tarlach McGonagle (IViR)
  • Amelie Heldt (HBI)


IViR – Institute for Information Law: REC A,
IViR Room, 5.24
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam

If you plan to come, please register by sending an e-mail to