Event Information

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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For any queries, please contact krish@ccs.in.

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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For any queries, please contact krish@ccs.in.