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Cicilline will bring the fake news fight to Ireland this week

US Representative David Cicilline speaks to members of the media as he arrives at a House Democratic Caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol Sept. 25, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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US Representative David Cicilline will travel to Ireland this week for a gathering of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Fake News, a powerful panel comprised of lawmakers from 10 countries who are seeking to regulate the world’s largest social media platforms.


Cicilline will be the first American to participate on the committee, which was formed in 2017 to target Russian-led disinformation campaigns on Facebook and Twitter. He will serve as an ex-officio member of the committee.

Witnesses from Facebook, Twitter and Google are scheduled to testify in Dublin on Thursday, according to the meeting agenda. The group also plans to discuss how countries can collaborate to regulate the tech giants.

“This is a pivotal moment,” Cicilline said in a prepared statement. “If we don’t address the weaknesses of the internet as it exists today, we will face insurmountable obstacles for the future of our democracy.”

Cicilline serves as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, which is conducting its own investigation into the world’s largest tech companies. He has said he expects to issue a final report early in 2020.

Thursday’s meeting comes a week after Twitter announced it will ban political ads on the platform. On an earnings call last week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said his company won’t follow suit, arguing that “I don’t think it’s right for private companies to censor politicians, or the news.”



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Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green is set to make “surprise” good news announcements this morning at Carl Lauro Elementary School in Providence and Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School in Johnston.

Tonight at 225 Dyer Street: There’s a screening of “Divine Providence: The Rebirth of an American City,” a new documentary from Salvatore Mancini.

Governor Gina Raimondo will be at Rhode Island College tonight to speak before a screening of “Lift the Mask,” a mental health documentary.

There’s a movement in Narragansett to have town council and school committee members run under a political party label. The matter is on tonight’s council agenda.

The Providence Downtown Design Review Committee will discuss a proposed 12-story apartment complex on Chestnut Street.

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