Join Rappler’s digital media, technology and society webinar series
In an online landscape saturated with disinformation and with the upcoming Philippine elections in 2022, how can we cultivate a voting population that is media and information literate?
With the coronavirus pandemic increasing the use of digital media and the continued spread of disinformation online, managing disinformation requires more than just detecting suspicious allegations.
It wasn’t that long ago that we witnessed how social media can be used for social good. The power of participatory journalism fueled by digital media has strengthened civic engagement and public discourse. This is true in times of emergency and disaster where we see people joining hands to build communities of action that respond to the needs of others.
While it’s still evident today, the same social media tools have been used to deceive the public, sow an online culture that thrives on hate, create echo chambers, and polarize a nation.
Additionally, the upcoming elections have made the role of social media much more evident in the prevalence of disinformation – with propaganda and campaigning strategies springing up even before the official start of the campaign period.
Educating the public to think critically about the media they navigate and the information they consume will have a huge impact on the 2022 elections. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO), the definition of media literacy is to empower individuals to become engaged citizens and responsible decision makers.
Cultivating an active, informed and engaged electoral population would require digital citizens capable of thinking critically about media and information. Soon Filipinos will be making one of the most influential decisions to maintain our democracy by electing officials who will lead the country for the next several years.
MovePH, the civic engagement arm of Rappler, is leading this webinar series, which aims to promote media and information literacy in the Philippines and encourages media literacy amid all the disinformation about elections. Philippines of 2022.
This is the second time that MovePH will host a series of webinars on digital media, technology and society. Last year, a four-part webinar series was also held to promote media and information literacy among Filipinos.
This year, MovePH has partnered with the following organizations to bring you this four-part media and information literacy webinar series:
- Filipino Scout Amateur Media Association
- College of Communication, Polytechnic University of the Philippines
- College of Communication for Development, University of the Philippines Los Baños
- Division of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas
- De La Salle Philippines
- Saint-Ange University
- University of the Philippines Mindanao
- University of Saint Louis – Tuguegarao
- Visayan State University
The sessions also aim to help participants gain a more critical understanding of the evolution of journalism and the online environment in the Philippines, including the potentials and challenges it poses, the different types of online risks and emerging trends in the use of digital media. for handling.
Through these sessions, more Filipinos could also become responsible voters by 2022 by becoming critical thinkers with the media they consume and electing leaders who would benefit the country in the long run.
Register for all or one of these sessions in the webinar series:
Digital media landscape: power, potential and harm
Saturday November 6 at 1 p.m.
The session will address the online landscape in the country, the reality that social media users face and the importance of journalism in the digital age.
Rappler CEO and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Maria Ressa will be the keynote speaker for the first session.
Digital hygiene: how to manage online risks in the age of disinformation
Saturday November 13, 2021 at 1 p.m.
For this webinar session, a discussion on digital security and data privacy will be covered. Participants will also learn basic digital hygiene on how to manage and deal with online risks.
Media and democracy in crisis: how to be a responsible digital citizen
Saturday November 20 at 1 p.m.
This webinar session will focus on media and democracy in crisis, particularly how Filipinos can be responsible digital citizens.
There will be a round table with Jonathan de Santos, president of the National Union of Journalists; Yvonne Chua, associate professor of journalism at the University of the Philippines Diliman; and John Nery, facilitator of the Consortium of Disinformation and Democracy. This will be moderated by Rappler’s researcher and writer, Vernise Tantuco.
Participants will learn about the role of media and digital media in democracy, the rights and responsibilities of citizens on social media and the impact of digital media on democratic discourse in relation to the 2022 elections.
Fighting the infodemic: disinformation, fact-checking and the 2022 elections
Saturday November 27 at 6 p.m.
This webinar session will focus on training participants to spot and combat election-related misinformation online.
Gilberto Scofield Jr, director of marketing and relations for Brazil’s premier fact-checking agency Lupa, will tackle disinformation, fact-checking and the 2022 elections.
Rappler researcher and writer Vernise Tantuco will discuss the fact-checking methodology.