Webinar Announcements: “Combating Disinformation in South-East Asia” & “How to Give Truth a Louder Voice”

DCN SEE HubDigital Communication Network and World Learning are organizing, via Zoom, the webinar Combating Disinformation in South-East Asia”, which will take place in the 10th of December at 13:45 (Athens Time).

The Covid-19 epidemic has given rise to an avalanche of disinformation worldwide. False and misleading information is quickly and widely disseminated across the Internet, reaching and potentially influencing many people. The issue of disinformation, however, is broader and deeper than its pandemic-related manifestations.

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.

Click here: https://bit.ly/2VEpR3F to register!

• 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, Head, Digital Strategy at 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.

DCN SEE HubDigital Communication Network and World Learning are organizing, via Zoom, the webinar How to Give Truth a Louder Voice”, which will take place in the 26th of November at 17:00 (Athens Time).

Disinformation has gone from being a direct threat to our democracy to putting people’s lives at risk, and sprouting far-fetched extremist conspiracy theories.

In this workshop, we will analyse how emotioneering and disinfonomics work to shape opinions, and what we can do to set the agenda instead. We will provide illustrations of recent trends and developments in Europe and across the Atlantic on key issues including the ongoing Covid19 infodemic and far right communications.


Omri Preiss is co-founder and managing director of Alliance4Europe. He has worked as an EU affairs and civil society professional, as a policy advisor on foreign affairs, sustainability and human rights at the European Parliament, as well as in advocacy and lobbying on these issues. More recently, he has worked on developing civic tech tools and innovative approaches to campaigning and citizen participation.

Maia Mazurkiewicz is co-founder and Head of Intelligence at Alliance4Europe, coordinator of the Polish NGO network the European Front. Maia has 15 years of experience in political management, foreign affairs, and communication. She is an expert in cybersecurity and fighting disinformation. A trainer specialized in project management, leadership, and campaigns. She has worked for the former President of the Republic of Poland.

Dr. Angelos Kaskanis is the Project Manager of Tactics Institute For Security & Counter Terrorism. He has participated/co-organized several workshops in more than 20 countries that focus on Religious Extremism, Radicalization, Safety, and Security in Southeastern Europe, European Identity and Greco-Turkish Relations. Awards of academic excellence include scholarship from the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation.

Dr. Vassilis Kappis is a Deputy Director and Lecturer at the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies in the University of Buckingham (BUCSIS), as well as a visiting Professor at the War Studies University of Poland. Before joining the University of Buckingham, Vassilis undertook post-doc research at the University of Tel-Aviv. His research interests lie in the strategic and psychological aspects of security crises and foreign policy decision-making, as well as the geopolitical dynamics of the Eastern Mediterranean.

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