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Wednesday, June 12 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Lightning Talks: Understanding and combating misinformation

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Fake news storm in East Asia: how to measure disinformation in East Asian countries (Open Culture Foundation)

Description: In this lightning talk, participants should expect to get the basic understanding of the disinformation situation in East and South-East Asia. This includes the origin, type, seriousness, legislation, and responses etc... This session will also highlight the common problems and challenges facing the region regarding disinformation. Some of them could be seen in other regions as well. Additionally, participants will learn the know-how of the disinformation map approach to identify all those elements in different countries in the region and also how to apply it to their region. Thirdly, participants will learn the common strategies developed in dealing with the disinformation situation. Lastly, participants will have the chance to think about disinformation issues at the regional level and to understand what and how can be done to tackle the problems.

Speaker: Yu-Hsuan Chang

Mercenaries of misinformation: Examples of disinformation actions in politics of Ecuador (Usuarios Digitales)

Description: The session will focus on trolls attack groups for political issues. - Introduction of the impact they achieve - Types of attack - Cases of Ecuador Collaborative actions will be carried out to expand and collect more cases can be presented and guide how to obtain evidence

Speaker: Alfredo Velazco

Fighting Fake News with Media & Information Literacy (Digital Empowerment Foundation)

Description: According to IndiaSpend, there have been over 65 cases of mob violence in India in 2018, leading to deaths of 30 persons. The phenomenon of fake news threatens India’s democracy and secularism. This trend of increasing misinformation is not unique to India but also other developing countries. Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) works across 500 villages of India, empowering communities with access to digital tools. The organization sees its responsibility in ensuring that community members have the understanding of accessing and evaluating information before consuming it. Thus, Media & Information Literacy (MIL) is an integral part of DEF’s digital literacy toolkit called START. The session titled Fighting Fake News with MIL will discuss the paradox that exists in India. It will give an overview of the scale of problem of misinformation in India, and lead the conversation to DEF’s efforts in the areas of MIL, focusing on how its training influence administrators, civil society, teachers, students, etc... in non-metropolitan cities of India. The goals are: to share efforts for MIL in rural areas with focus on oral communities and first-generation users, to explain why misinformation is more worrisome in India, identifying solutions to tackle misinformation, particularly in rural India.

Speaker: Osama Manzar

What's in a name - misinformation vs. disinformation (Center for International and Strategic Studies)

Description: Misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, rumour -- you've all heard the terms used to describe viral deception, but do you know the difference between them? How do online harassment, trolling, and information operations uses to promote these tactics? Join Brittan Heller as she explains how these terms are distinctive, how they overlap, and what different behaviours and actors are implicated in each one.

Speaker: Brittan Heller

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Osama Manzar

Founder-Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
I'm committed to the mission of eradicating information poverty from India and global south using digital tools through Digital Empowerment Foundation, an organisation I founded with my wife in 2002. Let's talk about how is the Internet revolutionising rural India?
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Brittan Heller

Senior Associate, Human Rights Initiative, CSIS
Brittan Heller works at the intersection of technology, human rights, and the law, and is an expert on content moderation and the movement from online conduct to offline violence. She is the founder of the Center for Digital Civil Rights, an innovation lab for human and civil rights... Read More →
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Alfredo Velazco

Director, Usuarios Digitales

Wednesday June 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am BST
The BeeHive (Palais)