Fighting disinformation

UP Visayas holds national conference on democracy and disinformation online

UP Visayas holds national conference on democracy and disinformation online
Speakers include Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Endy Bayuni of the Jakarta Post, Senator Risa Hontiveros, and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno

This is a press release from University of the Philippines Visayas.

The University of the Philippines-Visayas is hosting a 3-day national online conference on February 22, 24, and 26. The nation conference gathers prominent media personalities, educators, civil society representatives, and advocates to discuss disinformation and democracy in various contexts – media, health, law and governance, and education. 

The unprecedented growth of digital platforms, especially social media, in the last decade has intensified the call to fight disinformation

Dubbed as UP Visayas’ largest gathering of media personalities, advocates, and academics, the 3rd National Conference on Democracy and Disinformation will be running under the theme, “New Normal, New Media: The Emerging Challenges of Disinformation in the Philippines.” 

Speakers include Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Endy Bayuni of the Jakarta Post, Senator Risa Hontiveros, and human rights lawyer and Free Legal Assistance Group Chairperson Chel Diokno.

The conversation on disinformation and democracy continues as the university, in partnership with the Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation, UPV Division of Humanities, UPV Information and Publications Office (IPO), DYUP 102.7 FM, Rappler’s MovePH, and the Daily Guardian, brings the discussion online through a Zoom webinar where 1,000 participants coming from various parts of the country are expected to attend. 

Each conference day is going to focus on a particular field and theme, with plenary speakers leading the discussions. An open forum will take place afterwards to allow participants to engage with the speakers. 

  • Day 1 (February 22) – Taking Root: Campus Journalism and Beyond 
  • Day 2 (February 24) – Clickbait: Media and the Rise of Disinformation 
  • Day 3 (February 26) – Power of the People and the Press

The national conference headed by UP Visayas is part of its series of activities for a project with the Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation.

The consortium is a nationwide network of journalists, academics, bloggers, and civil society representatives in the Philippines, supported by Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle Philippines, Holy Angel University, and the University of the Philippines.

It has 4 university-based hubs: Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Ateneo de Manila in Quezon City, University of the Philippines-Visayas in Iloilo, and Mindanao State University in Marawi City. 

The conference is free and interested participants must register through this link.

For updates, check the event’s social media accounts:

– Rappler.com