Thursday, 1 October 2020

4:00 PM - 4:10 PM

Welcome & Logistics

Find out more about the platform Hopin and how to participate throughout the event across these 2 days.

Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab

4:10 PM - 4:15 PM

WTF, 2020?!

Seriously, this year has been ridiculous. Let's reminisce and look ahead! 

First Draft, IFCN

4:15 PM - 4:20 PM

Who's Here? Also, We Have a Wall!

This is our biggest Trusted Media Summit ever! Let's see who's here and learn more about the amazing TMS community. 

Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab

4:20 PM - 4:35 PM

Keynote: Balancing Harms: Navigating Misinformation Responses in 2020

With rising real harm from misinformation this year, there have been calls for government regulatory measures and more flags by tech stakeholders. But would applying such measures bring about intended positive consequences rather than more harm?

Claire Wardle, First Draft

4:35 PM - 4:40 PM

Since we last met... a tour around the region 

Trinna Leong, Google News Lab

4:40 PM - 5:00 PM

Political Pressure and Misinformation: Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand Since we last met... a tour around the region

Beyond COVID-19, political turbulence has radically shaped information disorder in countries around the region.

Hong Kong

Yvonne Chua, University of the Philippines
Malaysia: Kuek Ser Kuang Keng, DataN
Hong Kong: Chris Yeung, CitizenNews
Phansasiri Kularb, Chulalongkorn University

5:00 PM - 5:10 PM

Legacy Media and Trust: Mongolia, Japan, Myanmar

Trust towards legacy media has declined, allowing for the rise of misinformation as fact-checkers remain few and far between.

Myanmar (video link TBC)

Namnandorj Bayaraa, Remo Media
Japan: Kayo Mimizuka, Japan Center of Education for Journalists
Myanmar: Htaike Htaike Aung, Myanmar ICT for Development Organization

5:10 PM - 5:20 PM

Snack Poll

Trinna Leong, Google News Lab

5:20 PM - 5:40 PM

Government Regulation: Timor-Leste, India, Bangladesh, Singapore

Government regulation has raised concerns about free speech, affecting the growth of fact-checking communities.


Raimundos Oki, Oekusi Post
India: Kanchan Kaur, Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media
Bangladesh: Saleem Samad, Forum for Freedom of Expression Bangladesh
Singapore: Carol Soon, National University of Singapore; Institute of Policy Studies

5:40 PM - 6:00 PM

COVID-19: Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea

A look at the varied responses to Covid-19 from governments, journalists and users in consuming information. 

New Zealand
South Korea

Aribowo Sasmito, MAFINDO
New Zealand: Ollie Neas, Policy
Australia: Jack Berkefeld, First Draft
Taiwan: Summer Chen, Taiwan FactCheck Center
South Korea: Eun Ryung Chong, SNU Fact Check Center

6:00 PM - 6:10 PM

CoronaVirus TikTok Dance Challenge 

 Irene Jay Liu, Trinna Leong; Google News Lab 

6:10 PM - 6:20 PM

Keynote: Collaboration Amid a Pandemic - The CoronaVirusFacts Alliance

Fact checkers worldwide came together to debunk Covid-19 misinformation in multiple languages. 

Cristina Tardáguila, IFCN

6:20 PM - 6:30 PM

6:30 PM - 7:10 PM

The Platforms Panel - Google, YouTube, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, TikTok 

How are platforms dealing with government regulatory pressures, partnerships with journalists and fact checkers, and newsroom sustainability in times of heightened misinformation? 

Alexios Mantzarlis, Google
Joyce Hau, YouTube
Aya Lowe, Facebook
Clair Deevy, WhatsApp
Kathleen Reen, Twitter
Arjun Narayan, TikTok

Claire Wardle, First Draft
Baybars Orsek, IFCN

7:10 PM - 8:00 PM

Social Hour + Games (and Prizes!) 

Trinna Leong, Google News Lab
Eoghan Sweeney, OSINT Essentials

Friday, 2 October 2020

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Welcome Back!

Recap of platforms and Interactive Wall.

Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

Keynote - Raising Acceptance Towards Vaccination During An Infodemic

Misinformation can lead to vaccination hesitancy, affecting demand. With rise of anti-vaxxers, and infodemic causing bad behavioral change, CDC worked with locals to inoculation. 

Elisabeth Wilhelm, CDC

10:30 AM - 11:05 AM

Workshop: Practical tips for Mental Well-being, Trauma Awareness and Resiliency

The importance of journalists identifying trauma, exercising self-care and resilience in times of crises. 

Dr. Cait McMahon, Dart Center Asia Pacific

11:05 AM - 11:10 AM

 Kantar Quiz 

Trinna Leong, Google News Lab

11:10 AM - 11:15 AM

Does Trust in Media Lead to Knowledge?

Hong Kong University’s misinformation quiz that was translated into a study, analyzing people’s knowledge. 

Lex Xia & Masato Kajimoto, Hong Kong University

11:15 AM - 11:20 AM

First Draft Update

Introducing the Cross Check platform - a group for journalists to collaborate on fighting misinformation

Anne Kruger, First Draft

11:20 AM - 11:25 AM

Fake News Fighter Project

A newsroom simulator game for journalism students in Thailand to raise awareness on the importance of fact-checking. 

Peerapon Anutarasoat, Sure and Share Center

11:25 AM - 11:30 AM

Why Fact Checks Don't Work In Japan

Using an election as a case study, a group of researchers looked at how local fact-checks were exploited by politicians during the campaign. 

Mone Saito, Hosei University

11:30 AM - 11:35 AM

Engaging Grassroots During the Pandemic

Indonesia’s MAFINDO embarked on a community campaign during the pandemic to combat infodemic with creative approaches such as cooking and farming with locals. 

Aribowo Sasmito, Santi Indra Astuti, Dewi Sari MAFINDO

11:35 AM - 11:40 AM

Matchmaking Experts with Journalists

AUSMC paired experts with journalists to quickly disseminate facts during big news events, besides setting up mini peer reviews for preprints during pandemic.

Susannah Eliott, Australian Science Media Centre

11:40 AM - 11:45 AM


In partnership with the Stanford History Education Group, DataLeads and Internews ran a research study about how rural internet users make decisions about online information, which ran across 90 cities in 23 states in India..

Shivalee Kaushik, DataLEADS Aakanksha Sharma, Internews

11:45 AM - 11:50 AM

ANNIE Project

Introducing a collaborative project between fact checkers, academics, policymakers on media literacy, verification and minimizing harm of falsehoods. 

Masato Kajimoto, Hong Kong University

11:50 AM - 11:55 AM

Avoiding Real News, Believing in Fake News? 

An academic survey in Singapore during early days of Covid-19 saw information overload, news avoidance leading to higher likelihood in believing misinformation.

Edson Tandoc, Nanyang Technological University

11:55 AM - 12:10 PM

Vote WFH Photo + Jazzercise 

Irene Jay Liu, Trinna Leong; Google News Lab

12:10 PM - 12:15 PM

India Fact Quiz

A youth-focused information literacy program that injects fun into quizzes to engage youngsters to battle perceptions, check biases. 

Rashmi Naik, IndiaSpend

12:15 PM - 12:20 PM

Why Journalists Use Anonymous Sources

Criticisms of anonymous sourcing by journalists isn’t new, but what are the standards journalists use before applying the anonymous source tag? 

Eric Wishart, AFP

12:20 PM - 12:25 PM

An Investigative Fact Check Mobile Game 

A live demo of a mobile app that helps guide and teach users how to fact check..

Patipat Susumpow, Opendream

12:25 PM - 12:30 PM

Rumor Catcher

An introduction to an AI-enabled misinformation platform that is now being used by Taiwan FactCheck Center.

Annette Chen, Institute For Information Industry

12:30 PM - 12:35 PM

Claim Matching On Social Media

Machine learning to match claims—even without overlapping words—enables better prioritization and larger distribution of fact-checks on misinformation tiplines.

Scott Hale, MEEDAN

12:35 PM - 12:40 PM

A Neutral Fact-Checking Platform for Korea

Introducing the FactCheck Open Platform, a collaborative space between citizens, fact checkers and journalists to detect and verify content.

Jaeho Sung, Korea Broadcasting Journalist Association

12:40 PM - 12:45 PM

Investigating Fraudulent Firms Engaged in Health Misinformation and Fake Social Accounts

There is a surge of professionalized PR and digital firms that specializes in digital disinformation for hire services.

Craig Silverman, Buzzfeed

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Breakouts and Networking 

Breakout 1: Case Studies: Media Literacy Programs Across the Region
Media literacy programs from around the region. Five organizations from four countries have tried their own way of running a localized media literacy campaign to raise awareness in their communities or for their target platform audience.

Venkatesh HR, BOOM 
Urvashi Kapoor, Vishvas News
Thant Thaw Kaung, Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation 
Annabel Astbury, ABC Australia 
Therese Torres, Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication

Breakout 2: First Draft 
CrossCheck and Train the Trainer were outlined in our APAC lightning talk. This session answers any questions on these projects and outlines First Draft resources for fighting misinformation: from responsible reporting, to how to decide the 'tipping point' and how to help your family and friends avoid spreading misinformation

Anne Kruger, First Draft Australia
Ali Abbas Ahmadi, First Draft India

Breakout 3: Understanding Elderly Audiences: Media Literacy in India, Indonesia and Australia by Love Frankie 
Love Frankie shares media lit study in India.

Mike Wilson, Galen Englund, Andrew Duffus, Amy Collins of Love Frankie

Breakout 4: Anonymous Sources: To Use or Not to Use? 
Following the lightning talk, discuss anonymous sources: to use or not to use?

Eric Wishart, AFP

Breakout 5: Governments vs. the People: 
Discuss impacts of different legislative instruments to criminalise mis/disinformation.

Sadaf Khan, Media Matters for Democracy

Breakout 6: Tiplines and Chatbots
Learn about new tech tackling misinformation on messaging apps.  

Pamposh Raina, Fathm 
Shalini Joshi, MEEDAN 
Summer Chen, Taiwan FactCheck Center 
Supinya Klangnarong, Cofact Thailand

Breakout 7: Trolled for doing your job 
Fact-checkers can become targets of online bullying and harassment.

Cait McMahon, Dart Center Asia Pacific
Dian Yuliastuti, Tempo 

1:30 PM - 1:50 PM

Yes We Can - But Should We? Some Ethical Considerations in Online Investigations

How far should journalists go while pursuing information? Addressing the grey areas, consequences and potential fallouts.

Eoghan Sweeney, OSINT Essentials

1:50 PM - 2:00 PM

Closing & Thanks

Irene Jay Liu