MANILA, Philippines – How can understanding media help in combating disinformation? Why is it important to be discerning online?
Digital technologies have become a powerful tool in strengthening civic engagement and discourse through amplifying movements and sparking community action online. These were also utilized during disaster response to initiate volunteer management and help communities in need.
But the same online tools and mechanisms that enabled social good are being weaponized to mislead the public and cultivate an online culture that thrives on hate, creating a disinformation ecosystem that threatens democracies around the world. To add to this challenge, globally, trust in news has plummeted.
The #FactsFirstPH initiative, through Rappler’s civic engagement arm MovePH, is leading a five-week media and information literacy program that aims to bring together teachers, students, and leaders in their respective sectors who will learn – and talk about – how to be critical and discerning online.
Our goal is to help participants have a more critical understanding of the evolution of journalism and the online environment in the Philippines and the world – such as identifying risks and trends on manipulation and potential for effective engagement.
This series is in partnership with several schools and organizations in the Philippines including Alfelor Sr. Memorial College- Supreme Student Council; Amateur Media Association of Philippine Scouts; Ateneo de Davao University; Ateneo de Naga University; Break the Fake Movement; CBSUA Federation of Supreme Student Council; Central Mindanao University – Central Post; Department of the Interior and Local Government Calabarzon; FEU ACP3 Peace TAYO; Holy Name University; Immaculate Conception I-College; Limitless Lab; Media Educators of Mindanao; Philippine Normal University Mindanao Student Government; Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Communication Student Council; Rotaract Club of Cebu Fuente – University of San Carlos; Rotaract Club of Metro Zamboanga; Rotary Club of Midtown Quezon City; Rotaract Club of UST – Central Chapter; State University of Technology Communication Management Society; Tagkawayan Teleradyo; University of Antique; Unida Christian Colleges; University of the Philippines Mindanao League of DOST Scholars; and YouthVote Philippines.
The program will feature five sessions from January to February 2023. All webinar sessions are free of charge but slots are limited.
To accommodate more participants, this series will follow a hybrid set-up. Interested participants may either join our Zoom sessions or the on-ground events where the sessions will be broadcasted by their schools.
Schools and organizations leading online and on-ground events will have one common registration link.
Interested participants may check these sessions of the webinar series:
Digital media landscape: Power, potential, and harm
Friday, January 20, at 10 am
The session will tackle the overview of the disinformation scene – both local and global, and how information disorder impacts our public perception towards urgent issues.
Speakers are Rappler CEO and Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa and Rappler head of digital services Gemma Mendoza.
Fighting disinformation: The importance of fact-checking and facts-based reporting in matters of public interest
Friday, January 27, at 4 pm
This session will focus more on training participants to spot disinformation online and combat it.
Participants will learn more about the processes of fact-checking through a spot-check exercise, as well as action points they can start in their communities to help fight disinformation and use it as a tool in upholding transparency and accountability.
Speakers are Faktisk founder and editor in chief Kristoffer Egeberg, Rappler head of digital services Gemma Mendoza, and Rappler researcher-writer Ailla dela Cruz.
How to be a responsible digital citizen
Friday, February 3, at 2 pm
This session aims to discuss the impact of digital media in sparking democratic discourse, as well as steps on how to become responsible digital citizens.
Participants will also learn more about social media etiquette and digital rights and responsibilities.
Speakers are Mona Magno-Veluz (known on TikTok as Mighty Magulang), and World Bank consultant Bernice Soriano.
Digital hygiene: How to manage online risks in the age of disinformation
Friday, February 10, at 2 pm
This session will discuss digital security and data privacy. There will be a live self-assessment exercise on digital security and privacy audit.
Participants will also learn about the basic digital hygiene on how to manage and deal with online risks.
This will be discussed by Mon Liboro, the founder of Privacy and Security by Design, and Rappler head of digital services Gemma Mendoza.
How to exact accountability through truth-telling
Friday, February 17, at 2 pm
The last session will tackle the constitutional structure of truth-telling, the responsibilities of citizens, government, other sectors, and what can be done moving forward.
Participants will also be trained on how to exercise their rights in online spaces.
Speakers are former chief justice of the Philippines Maria Lourdes Sereno and Rappler head of civic engagement Samantha Bagayas.
Registration for the final session will be closed by Thursday, February 16, at 12 pm.
Register for any of the sessions here.
Should there be any changes to your registration, email email@example.com with the subject: Changes to MIL series registration. Indicate the name and email of the registrant and the requested changes.
Alongside the training series, the #FactsFirstPH initiative, through Rappler’s civic engagement arm MovePH, is holding an online video contest for college students and professionals. Interested participants may submit a video entry amplifying an already published fact check or sharing ways on how people can be more responsible online. Submission of entries is until February 22, 2023, at 11:59 pm.
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