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Committee to search for the truth from Google

06 March 2020

The Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies will take evidence from Vint Cerf, Vice President of Google and ‘Father of the Internet’ and Katie O’Donovan, Head of UK Government Affairs and Public Policy, in a session that will cover Google’s use of algorithms and the controversy over its misreporting of advertising spending in the recent UK General Election.

Witnesses

Monday 10 March in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 12.30pm

  • Vint Cerf, Vice President of Google and ‘Father of the Internet’
  • Katie O’Donovan, Head of UK Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google

Possible areas for discussion

  • Whether Google believes in ‘objective truth’ and if anyone outside of Google should have confidence in its algorithm’s ability to identify a trusted source of information?
  • Why Google initially reported inaccurate totals for spending in the recent UK General Election and then refused to correct its mistake
  • What limits should be placed on online political advertising and why Google has chosen the restrictions that it has?

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