Mevan Babakar

Head of Automated Factchecking

Full Fact, UK

Mevan is Digital Products and Supporter Communications Manager at Full Fact, the UK’s independent fact-checking charity. She joined in 2014 and was instrumental in their first crowdfunding campaign, raising over £33,000 and enabling them to fact check the UK’s most recent General Election in 2015.

Out of hours, she is one of the team behind Citizen Beta, a London-based meetup where people gather to talk all things Civic Tech. Mevan was also a founding member of youth democracy charity Bite the Ballot where she launched Britain’s first ever National Voter Registration Day. She graduated with a Masters in Bioengineering from the University of Sheffield.

Speaking In

Populism, post-truth and fake news: the role of Civic Tech in the post-fact world

It's been a rollercoaster year in politics! Wherever you call home, you cannot fail to have seen some pretty unexpected events unfold last year, and will no doubt have heard the terms 'fake news', 'populism' and 'post-truth' bandied around in the press and online. In this session we ponder some of these issues and discuss what civic tech's role in challenging some of these issues might be.