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Action must be taken to ensure the integrity of our electoral process in the digital age

Article by Damian Collins MP and Stephen Kinnock MP for PoliticsHome - published 2 December 2020 We face new threats every day from the digital world, disinformation and fake news to dark ads and financial loopholes. As the Electoral Commission turns 20, we must make sure it’s fit to face the challenges of the future. […]

Anti-vaccination disinformation is harmful and must be addressed in the government’s Online Harms Bill

Written for The House Live / PoliticsHome. Published 18 November 2020 We need social media companies to work proactively to identify and remove harmful disinformation, including anti-vaccine conspiracy theories - not shirk this responsibility. The prospect of mass vaccination against the coronavirus is now close to being a reality, with the news that Pfizer and […]

It’s time to protect journalism from big tech

Published in The Times on 15 October 2020 Last week was Journalism Matters Week – a timely reminder that independent, trusted news sources are crucial to a thriving democracy. But we need to make sure that journalists, producers and publishers get properly paid for their work if we don’t want to see more outlets fold […]

Game is in the grip of civil war and it needs outside help

Article published in The Telegraph on 14 October 2020 Football's current crisis has exposed something that we have known for a long time but failed to resolve - the sport is not run by the Football Association but the chairmen of the professional clubs, each acting in the commercial interests of their own team. And […]

The motives of tech tycoons have been laid bare - now we must act

Article written for the Telegraph, published 30 July 2020 The lobby of the Marriott hotel at Westminster Bridge may seem like an unlikely setting for a significant act in the struggle by policy makers to expose the inner workings of the world's leading tech companies. It was here however, in 2018, that the House of […]

Silicon Valley must deal with vaccine fake news- or face the consequences

Written for the Daily Telegraph - 7 July 2020 The public have had enough of the harms caused by social media companies and they're demanding tough action. Polling released last night by campaigning organisation the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) shows that the majority of the British public support both financial and criminal sanctions against […]

Social media firms must take responsibility for harmful Covid-19 disinformation

Published in the Press Gazette on 22 June 2020 We are living through the first major public health emergency in the age of social media disinformation. Where the disinformation that is spreading online is not just about politics and elections. It is actually about things that can affect people’s health. And as we have heard from doctors who […]

Why Facebook must do more to combat election interference

Published in The Daily Telegraph on 18 June 2020 Nick Clegg has announced that Facebook has made some ‘big changes’ to its policies in order to make political communication more transparent, and prevent foreign interference in elections, as was seen in America in 2016 when a Russian agency targeted voters with fake adverts. However, there […]

A Way Forward for Football

By Damian Collins MP and Charlie Methven, co-owner of Sunderland AFC We may only have a few weeks to save professional football in this country as we know it. The shock of the COVID-19 crisis has badly exposed the weak financial position of clubs in the English Football League (EFL), many of whom were already […]

China’s lies about coronavirus could be costing the world hundreds of thousands of lives

Published in PoliticsHome on 28 April 2020 For the sake of China’s future status, it now needs to be an honest broker, and put the health of the world above internal politics and oppression. If the tragic coronavirus outbreak has taught us anything, it is the importance of the international community coming together. Each country […]

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