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ACAF: Fake News in Asia
28 May 2018 | 19:30 - 21:30
Despite the many positive effects that novel social media and Web 2.0 communication have had on societies around the world, ICTs also pose risks. One such risk is the viral spread of rumours, conspiracies, and lies. Since 2016, in the wake of the Brexit vote in the UK and the Trump election in the US, the ability of false information to shape politics has received a new name: ‘fake news’. On the 28th of May, a panel of experts will explore what ‘fake news’ means in the context of Asia.
How new is the ‘fake news’ challenge really? How do different actors immunize themselves against false online information, when do they use it to their advantage, what role does digital technology play in these processes, and ultimately: who benefits from ‘fake news’? This Asia Current Affairs Forum discussion will zero in on ‘fake news’ across the hyper-networked regions of Asia, where the phenomenon of ‘false online rumours’ has long been a driving force in politics. Looking at examples from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and more, our panelists will shine a spotlight on the way that actors in politics, business, and society have repositioned themselves in the face of rapidly changing digital information environments.
Please register below to ensure a place at this ACAF! The event will be in English.
Dr Maria Diosa Labiste (University of the Philippines Diliman) – Fake News in the Philippines
Amira Parnipura (University of Washington) – Fake News in Indonesia