Fake News Conference | Webinar based workshop on disinformation, media freedom and its impact on liberty

Event Date: 26 Jul 2020; Time: 11:30 AM to 05:45 PM
Venue: Online

Fake News Conference

About the Program

The Fake New Conference (FNC) will bring together 30 journalists, media professionals and media students, with policy and domain experts and leading liberal thought-leaders to dialogue on the state of the media, the limits of disinformation, misinformation and fake news, and the role of the media in protecting and furthering freedoms.

The conference is conceptualised as an online, in-depth discussion, dialogue, and workshop on fake news and fact-checking. It provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Participants will be expected to share their advanced understandings of the relationship between disinformation, public policy and regulatory frameworks, and personal freedoms and human rights to develop innovative ideas and approaches for bringing specific policy solutions to advance liberal perspectives in media regulation today.

Apply now to register for the 1-day workshop Conference on Fake News, organized by Centre for Civil Society in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF). The course will be entirely conducted online on Zoom and an e-certificate will be issued after all the conditions are fulfilled.

Application Details:

Applications Open: 19th June 2020
Application Deadline: 18th July 2020
Program Date: 26th July 2020
Time: 11:30 AM to 05:45 PM
Course fee: Rs 500/- (the fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)

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Conference Schedule

Time Session Name Description
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Introduction – What is 'Fake News'? An introduction to the concept of Fake News, contemporary debates surrounding it, why it is important to discern fake news, and a glossary of terminology.
12:00 pm - 01:00 pm The Scope and Limits of Media Regulation In an attempt to curb the problem of disinformation, the Indian Government plans to introduce rules to regulate social media - under the assumption that it can cause ‘unimaginable disruption’ to democracy. Facebook already acts as a curator of content; our Facebook feed features only 5% of news stories from your friends and contacts. With more regulation who decides on what this 5% should contain? What is the scope for regulation in this area? Does Germany’s “Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz” or Facebook Law make sense in the Indian context?
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm Lunch break
02:00 pm - 03:30 pm Workshop on Fact Checking The impact of disinformation and fake news on media institutions is a general loss of credibility of and trust in them. Journalists need to earn that trust back and need to continually work towards building trust in media. How can they do that? Data Journalism, which is becoming more and more prominent, can both help and hinder in this effort. How can journalists use the Right to Information laws in India? And in what way can secret sources/whistleblowers be protected from retaliation?
03:30 pm - 04:00 pm Break
04:00 pm - 05:30 pm Panel Discussion: Disinformation and the Human Rights Perspective Disinformation and fake news pose a unique threat to human rights. At one level, they distort the truth and their effects, making societies vulnerable to manipulation, and resulting in declining public trust in objective sources of information. On the other hand, freedom of expression is the cornerstone of human rights. Even purveyors of fake news have the same rights as all of us. How do we limit manipulation by fake news and build due regulatory frameworks without violating important human rights?
5:30 pm - 5:45 pm Vote of thanks/Closing

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Austrian Economics Seminar | Webinar based advanced epolicy certificate course on Austrian Economics

Event Date: 18 Jul To 19 Jul 2020; Time: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM on both days
Venue: Online

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Rooted in the tradition of Austrian-born economists Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, and F.A. Hayek, “Austrian” economics is not a specific field within economics, nor is it a set of conclusions. It is an entirely different approach to understanding the social reality that dissents from the mainstream method, theory, and policy.

Austrian economics aims to understand society using realistic premises, instead of making unrealistic assumptions such as “perfect knowledge,” “perfect competition,” or “perfect governments.” It focuses on understanding dynamic social processes of coordination, learning, and discovery ubiquitous in a world of constant change, rather than focusing on static models. And most essentially, Austrian economics views human beings as unique, conscious, choosing agents, not as undifferentiated data to be aggregated or manipulated mathematically or politically.

The AES will illustrate the fundamental theoretical insights of the Austrian school of economics in an introductory way and show the usefulness of these insights in terms of their relevance to creating either the prosperity and freedom, or poverty and oppression in India.


Apply now to register for the 2-day advanced epolicy certificate course on the fundamentals of Austrian school of economics and be part of the 1st cohort. Only 30 participants will be selected based on the answers in the application form. The course will be entirely conducted online on Zoom and an e-certificate will be provided to the successful* candidates.

Applications Open: 18th June 2020
Application Deadline: 5th July 2020
Program Date: 18th - 19th July 2020
Time: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM on both days
Course fee: Rs 1,000/- (the fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)

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Poverty and Freedom: Case Studies on the U.S. and Global Economic Development

Event Date: 18 Jul 2020; Time: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Venue: ZOOM & YouTube live

Fake News Conference

Centre for Civil Society and Azadi are pleased to invite you for the Book Launch of the Hindi Edition of "Poverty and Freedom: Case Studies on the U.S. and Global Economic Development" followed by an online panel discussion.


The developmental paradigm in India continues to bear the historic burden of colonial rule, and subsequently, decades of 'modernisation' steered by global aid regimes. There remains an enduring romance with paternalistic and welfarist developmental frameworks, with only marginal voices that have now begun to reclaim local, community-led solutions that re-centre individual freedom and agency in furthering prosperity.

About the Book:

The book “Poverty and Freedom: Case Studies on the U.S. and Global Economic” focuses on case studies about efforts made by many countries’ to overcome similar challenges, tweaking policies and upholding the basic principle of economic and individual freedom. We believe that the translation of the book will bring forth new learning and insights for many Hindi-speaking policymakers and influencers. It will provide them with in-depth analysis and an alternative way of thinking about policy change, the role of markets and civil society in the development process.

About the Event:

We hope that through the panel discussion and the book launch, our readers take away a critical lesson: the possibility and necessity for local organisations to steer social change through policy reforms that advance individual freedom and opportunity to create prosperity. It can provide opinion leaders, policy-makers and influencers insights into the role of civil society in steering developmental reforms, global best practices and success stories that can resonate in the Indian context - and hopefully, foster greater support for and recognition of local think tanks and organisations working to expand freedom and inclusive markets to lift people out of poverty through dignity and opportunity.

Date: 18th July 2020
Time: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Platform: ZOOM & YouTube live

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 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Education Policy

Event Date: 16 Dec To 29 Jan 2020; Time: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Venue: Online

MOOC on Education Policy

About the Program

CCS' Massive Open Online Course on Education Policy is a course that aims to train and skill young professionals and students in research methods and the philosophical, economic, and political aspects of education policy. This course will provide a solid foundation in the theories that have influenced policy decisions over the decades and steps in the process of policy formulation, knowledge and skills necessary to analyze education policies and suggest reforms on the basis of successful pilot studies from across the world and emerging trends in the sector.

The course is divided into 4 comprehensive modules, keeping in mind the 4 week engagement offered. It also has a 1.5 hour e-assessment towards the end. The overall engagement duration is roughly 16-20 hours.

Event Date: 16 December 2019 To 29 January 2020

Course Timeline:

16/12/2019 - Admissions Open
31/12/2019 - Early bird deadline (10% off on course fee)
29/01/2019 - Last date to register for the course

Program Highlights:

  • Offered entirely on a digital learning platform to reach professionals and students in the farthest ends of the country
  • Comprises of 4 modules with 20 topics covered through video lectures, animations, quizzes, simulation building etc.
  • Discussion forum and technical query resolution forum
  • Eminent board of mentors and experienced faculty team

*Due to monitored enrollment and subjective test evaluation, the candidates will be selected on a First Come First Serve Basis. Limited seats available.

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Course Outline


Module 1: Unpacking 'Education'

  • Distinction between Knowledge, Education, Schooling and Learning
  • Philosophy of Education: Key thinkers and Ideas
  • Diversity and Equity in Education
  • State, Civil Society, and Education: Gandhi, Tagore, Radhakrishnan, Krishnamurthy
  • Emergence of Curriculum: The National Curriculum Framework and SSA
  • Government in Education

Module 2: Economics of Education

  • The Landscape of Education in India
  • Demand, Supply, Exchange - How Markets Work in Education
  • Defining Schools: Public and Private Alternatives in India
  • Structure of School Financing in India
  • The Cost of Universal Schooling in India

Module 3: Regulatory Framework for Education in India

  • Analysis of Educational Administration in India
  • Reading Data in Education: Key Sources
  • Evolution of Education Policy in India
  • Understanding RTE
  • Advancing Social Justice

Module 4: Catalyzing Quality Education Delivery - Solving Puzzles in Education

  • Re-envisioning the Learning Space
  • Technology in Education
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Reforms in Education

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The online course conducted by CCS on the Education Policy of India helped me understand the current education situation in India. Previously, I had a very constricted view of the education sector but after completing the course and the externship, I feel there are several shortcomings in the education sector that needs to be addressed. This course helped me understand the importance and the role of Education in the development of a country and its citizens. Overall, it was an excellent experience.

This course has helped me to inculcate the theory and practice of community based research along with community partners which would not have been possible in a classroom setting alone.
It has also given me an idea and knowledge about financing and partnerships, with emphasis on local collaboration in the education sector.
This course has motivated me to think about the critical gaps  in the education space.
Further, it has also helped me to learn the strategies of consultation and collaboration to deal with various stakeholders and government agencies.

The course that we did on Education Policy was really helpful. I gathered a lot of useful information. This course wouldnt have possible it CCS wouldnt have been there.
I have learned so much from the course and I look forward to learning more. Thank you for being a remarkable teacher.
Thanks to CCS

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Dr. Parth J. Shah

Dr. Parth J Shah is the President of Centre for Civil Society (CCS), a public policy think tank advancing personal, economic and political freedoms. In a latest survey, CCS was ranked the number 1 think tank in India and 81 globally.

Dr. Shah's research and advocacy work focus on the themes of economic freedom, choice and competition in education, property rights approach for the environment, and good governance.

Avani Kapur

Avani is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Initiative and the Director of Accountability Initiative - a research group at CPR focusing on governance, state capacity and implementation of key social sector programmes. The focus of her work has been in building evidence for policy advocacy to strengthen transparency and accountability in public financial management for service delivery and ensure greater citizen engagement in governance systems. At AI, she has also been anchoring the publication of the annual budget brief series and implementation of fund tracking surveys on key social sector schemes including education, health, sanitation, nutrition. She is a Tech4Good Fellow and an Alumna of the London School of Economics and Smith College, Massachusetts.

Amit Kaushik

Amit Kaushik was a civil servant for 20 years, joining the Indian Railway Accounts Service in 1987. During his time in the service, he held a variety of challenging assignments, including as Director in the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, where he was associated with the implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), as well as the drafting of the Right to Education Act. He has consulted widely, with multilateral agencies like UNESCO and UNICEF, and has extensive experience of educational planning in India and other developing countries.

Since leaving government, he has worked with organisations like SRF, the NGO Pratham, Educomp Schools and IPE Global. He is currently the CEO at the Australian Council for Educational Research (India).

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

Prof. Kingdon holds the Chair of 'Education Economics and International Development' at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. She has worked for 10 years as faculty at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford. Her research is based mostly on statistical analysis of education datasets. Based on this research, she advises governments and donor agencies such as the World Bank, European Union (EU) and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) on their education-related aid to developing countries.

She has frequently been a member of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry's 'Joint Review Missions' of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and of the Secondary education programme (the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan), a member of the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board (Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad), and also serves on the Government of UP's Advisory Committee on Basic Education.

In 2013, Professor Kingdon was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kingston University London for "her outstanding contributions to education and development".

Gurcharan Das

An Indian author, commentator and public intellectual. Gurcharan Das graduated with honours from Harvard University in Philosophy. He later attended Harvard Business School (AMP), where he is featured in three case studies. He was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and later managing director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). In 1995, he took early retirement to become a full-time writer. He writes periodic pieces for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek.

Sridhar Rajagopalan

Sridhar Rajagopalan is a co-founder of Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd. (EI), a company that has helped change the way student learning outcomes are seen in India. EI offers ASSET, India's leading private school assessment and Mindspark, a personalised learning program that has featured as a Harvard Business Study case. Sridhar has been a member of various central and state government committees related to education including the committee for devising model rules for the Right to Education Act in Gujarat. He is currently based in the US and heads EI's US subsidiary.

Vimala Ramachandran

Vimala Ramachandran, has been working on elementary education, girls' education and women's empowerment. She conceptualized and launched Mahila Samakhya, a women's education program of Government of India program based in the Department of Education, MHRD. She was the Managing Trustee of HealthWatch – a network of researchers and activists engaged with women's health.

She established Educational Resource Unit in 1998 as a network of researchers and practitioners working on education and empowerment.

She has published extensively on education policy and practice, gender issues and women's empowerment.

Yamini Aiyar

Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of CPR. Her research interests are in the field of social policy and development. In 2008, Yamini founded the Accountability Initiative at CPR. Under her leadership, the Accountability Initiative has produced significant research in the areas of governance, state capacity and social policy.

Yamini's own research on social accountability, elementary education, decentralisation and administrative reforms has received both academic and popular recognition.

Aiyar is an Alumna of the London School of Economics, St. Edmund's college Cambridge University, and St Stephen's College, Delhi University.

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The Law and Liberty Conference, 2019 || NLSIU, Bangalore

Event Date: 23 Nov To 24 Nov 2019; Time: 10:00 AM onwards
Venue: Allen and Ovary Hall, National Law School of India University, Bangalore

About the Program

Each year, the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) organises the Law and Liberty Conference (LLC). The conference highlights emerging concerns in the domain of individual liberty, and the legal and regulatory frameworks which enable the flourishing of a liberal society.

The conferences aim to provide a platform for liberal perspectives on legal concerns, develop a liberal critique of the extant juridical discourse and to build a network of legal practitioners, scholars and students to promote the cause of liberty. Previous conferences have discussed issues of judicial activism, property rights, and perspectives on liberty in a digitized India. With the easing of regulatory policy, the Indian market is opening to larger multinational players. Regulatory authorities now face the task of ensuring fair competition in this changing playing field.

Venue: Allen and Ovary Hall, National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Theme: Legal Foundations of a Free Society

  • Selected participants will be notified within a week after the application deadline.
  • Selected top entries will be offered travel grants and given the opportunity to present their researched abstracts at the Conference.
  • The application fees is INR 1000/-
  • The fee will cover overheads, refreshments, folders, and the networking lunches. The fee does not cover accommodation and arrangements for the same have to be made for the participants themselves.
  • The fee is payable upon selection, and can be made online, details of which will be communicated to selected participants.

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Course Schedule

DAY 1 | 23 November 2019

  • 08:30 - 10:00 | Registration
  • 10:00 - 11:00 | Opening Address
  • 11:00 - 11:30 | Break
  • 11:30 - 12:00 | Student Presentations on Panel I
  • 12:00 - 14:00 | Panel I – Bankruptcy Law in India
  • 14:00 - 15:00 | Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:30 | Session I – Rules of the Game: An Introduction to Institutions
  • 16:30 - 17:00 | Break
  • 17:00 - 17:30 | Student Presentation on Panel II
  • 17:30 - 19:30 | Panel II – Legal Hurdles for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

DAY 2 | 24 November 2019

  • 10:00 - 10:30 | Recap of Day 1
  • 10:30 - 12:00 | Session II – The Politics of Romance: Public Choice
  • 12:00 - 13:00 | Lunch
  • 13:00 - 13:30 | Student Presentations on Panel III
  • 13:30 - 15:30 | Panel III – Judicial Efficiency: Improving our Access to Justice
  • 15:30 - 16:00 | Break
  • 16:00 -18:00 | Keynote Address
  • 18:00 - 19:00 | Certificate Ceremony & Closing
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Application Fees: 1,000/- (which shall cover food and course materials for the entire duration of the program.) [Limited merit-based scholarships are avaliable]
Application Deadline: 3rd November 2019
Conference Dates: 23rd-24th November, 2019

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For details contact: Sourya Banerjee (