Efforts to control or manipulate the public information space to influence people’s beliefs and opinions are certainly not new in South-East Asia. While the phenomenon itself is not unfamiliar, its impact has become increasingly visible as many countries have embraced transformative digital technologies that altered people’s lifestyles and media consumption behavior. Like other parts of the world, the expression “fake news” has entered into the everyday lexicon in many Asian countries.
The webinar offers a regional assessment of current practices in information manipulation and interventions, with the aim of mitigating future risks in the global context. This webinar will also summarize trends in disinformation, sourced and desired outcomes, as well as efforts being made to combat malign influences in the information space.
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• Dr Nikos S. Panagiotou │Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Director DCN SEE Hub.
• Cassandra Thomazios | Partner MahWengKwai & Associates, Malaysia.
• Spencer Feingold, Editor, Agence France – Presse, Hong Kong SAR.
• Gemma Mendoza, Research, Partnership & Strategy, Rappler, Philippines.
• Aribowo Sasmito, Co-Founder and Head of Fact Checker Committee, MAFINDO, Indonesia.
- Taili Wang, Professor, National Taiwan University
This event is co-organized by Digital Communication Network SouthEast Europe Hub (DCN SEE), Digital Communication Network Global and World Learning and is part of DCNSEE’s Ideas in Action – Digital Engagement, a series of virtual events launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. Digital Communication Network is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Citizen Exchanges.