Full details of the talks, readings and links to the 30 min presentations available here. Please watch the talks and join the speakers on Friday afternoon at 16:00 online. Guests can join the live session from 15:30 here.
About the speakers:
Dr Clare Llewelyn (Neuropolitics)
Dr Rachael Crauford-Smith (Law) Propaganda: dangerous deception or legitimate bias? Is a legal response possible – online or off?
Dr Craufurd Smith will consider how longstanding concerns over state propaganda relate to the more recent controversies over ‘fake news’ and electoral interference. In particular, she will consider whether it is possible to establish a meaningful legal definition of ‘propaganda’ and to establish workable guidelines for when state or private, intervention is legitimate. How tolerant can democracies ultimately be? Her introductory talk will explore some of the international and European measures introduced to tackle propaganda and specific initiatives/proposals closer to home in the UK.
Questions for consideration:
How would you define ‘propaganda’ – where would you draw the line? Is propaganda as much a domestic as a ‘foreign’ problem?
Is it ever legitimate for states to block access to propaganda and, if so, when?
What responsibility do private actors – the press/social media – have in tackling propaganda? Is self or co-regulation the way forward?
Dr Rachael Craufurd Smith is a Reader at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in media law, the regulation of culture and European Union law. She is a qualified solicitor and has worked in the International and Policy and Planning Departments of the BBC, focussing on the impact of European Community Law on the public broadcasting sector. Rachael also worked as a trainee in the Internal Market DG of the European Commission and was a Fellow for a number of years at Trinity, Corpus Christi and St. John’s Colleges and a University Lecturer at the University of Oxford.
Rachael has written widely on the regulation of the cultural and creative and industries and media law, with a long-standing focus on the protection of media pluralism in the UK and Europe. She headed the University of Edinburgh team working on the EU funded Mediadem project, which studied the freedom and independence of the media in Europe, and is currently working with colleagues to prepare the UK report for the EU media pluralism monitor. Recent research also relates to fake news, Brexit and the audiovisual sector, and the protection of whistleblowers. Rachael was a co-founding editor of The Journal of Media Law, launched by Hart Publishing in 2009.
About this series
This series of research-led seminars will provide insights from leading researchers across the University of Edinburgh, addressing issues that will shape future ‘data-led’ innovation, a key strategic theme of the new Edinburgh Futures Institute, the Usher Institute and the Bayes Institute. Each seminar will include two talks, and provide time for discussion. The series will can be followed by postgraduate students for credit, and student participants will work to map the issues and relationships between identified in the seminars, and future directions for research and policy activities.
Please contact Dr James Stewart with any queries J.K.Stewart@ed.ac.uk.