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Has the post-truth era killed our chance of having an election based on facts and stats?

This event was recorded on 22 May 2017 at the British Academy.

We are told we now live in a post-truth world of fake news. What does this mean for the conduct of the General Election? How can we improve the quality of debate so that the public are informed of real facts and statistics rather than ‘alternative facts’? What role should politicians, the media and civil society play? Join the British Academy and Royal Statistical Society for this panel debate featuring expert speakers.

Robert Booth, The Guardian
Megan Lucero, Director of The Bureau Local, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Baroness Onora O'Neill FBA, Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge; past President of the British Academy
Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS, Chair, Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication and President, Royal Statistical Society

Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society