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SAS and Communication Program spearhead ‘Disinformation and Democracy’ Conference

Earlier this year, Holy Angel University’s official anti-fake news campaign entitled: I AM REAL: Rising Above Fake News Campaign was pioneered by the School of Arts and Sciences and the BA Communication Program. Last November 19 and 20, the program took another big step in its efforts to make a stand against disinformation, in partnership with consortium members from ABS-CBN, Al-Jazeera, GMA, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, Vera Files; the UP College of Mass Communication, the De La Salle University Communication Department, the Ateneo de Manila Department of Communication, and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication; Blogwatch, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, Citizen Safe, the Foundation for Media Alternatives, Pagbabago@Pilipina, region’s leading journalists and university leaders, a one-and-a-half day Democracy and Disinformation Conference was held at the San Francisco Javier Multi-Purpose Hall.

The first day of the Conference featured presentations and panel discussions. In order to have a in-depth understanding of Democracy and Disinformation, Prof. Cheryll Soriano, from the Department of Communication of De La Salle University (DLSU) shared her case study on disinformation, highlighting the phenomenon’s threat to our democracy.

The Psychology of Disinformation was elaborated by Prof. Clarissa David, from the University of the Philippine’s College of Mass Communication. She emphasized on the issue of vulnerability and differentiated intended disinformation and unintended disinformation. David also concluded her discussion by reviewing ways to stop disinformation.

Prof. Jason Vincent Cabanes, research fellow from the Social Development Research Center of DLSU, discussed the intricacies of Networked Disinformation. Panel discussions on the disinformation, media and democracy were led by Lourd de Veyra, journalist from TV5 and Aksyon TV 41, Rowena Paraan, Head of Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo, Sonia Soto, the president of CLTV 36; Benny Guinto, the General Manager of GNN 44 or Infomax; and Gracie Rutao, an Anchor for ABS CBN Regional Network Group.

Partner schools also mapped the way forward in ensuring the conduct of relevant activities in fighting disinformation.

The second day of the conference called “Fighting Back,” put words and ideas into action.

Workshops were held simultaneously, educating the participants on methods to ease the creation and dissemination of false information. These included a Fact-checking workshop conducted by Stacy De Jesus, the head of communication and civic engagement of Rappler; and ‘Blogs As Weapons Of Truth And Disinformation: What Do We Do To Win The War,’ by Jane Uymatiao and Noemi Lardizabal-Dado, the co-founders of BlogWatch.

The conference was joined by participants from Operation Brotherhood Montessori-Angeles, Holy Family Academy High School, Sapang Bato National High School, Dominican College of Tarlac, Saint Augustine Academy, Saint Mary’s Angels College of Pampanga, Holy Cross College and the University of the Assumption.

Date Posted: 11-22-2018