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Democracy and Digital Technology Committee to take evidence from senior government officials

The House of Lords Committee on Democracy and Digital Technology will tomorrow take evidence from senior civil servants from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), The Cabinet Office and the Department for Education.

The Committee are investigating the impact of digital technologies on political campaigning and the electoral process and as well the public's engagement with politics and political debate.

The evidence session will start at 10:35am on Tuesday 3 September in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords.

Giving evidence to the Committee will be:

  • Susannah Storey, Director General for Digital and Media Policy, DCMS
  • Sarah Connolly, Director of Security and Online Harms, DCMS
  • Peter Lee, Director of the Constitution Group, Cabinet Office
  • Michelle Dyson, Director of Qualifications, Curriculum and Extra-Curricular, DfE

Areas the session will cover include:

  • The Online Harms White Paper and how it will approach online threats to democracy.
  • How work to support democracy in the face of online threats in coordinated across government and whether the work of relevant regulators can be better coordinated. 
  • The role of education and increasing digital literacy in tackling fake news.
  • Whether the government intends to place more controls on online political advertising to ensure clarity about funding of adverts and transparency in elections.

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