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Wednesday, 29 September 2021

4:00-4:10 PM

Welcome & Logistics

​​Find out more about the platform Hopin and how to join the discussion!

Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab

4:10-4:18 PM

Who's Here?

Let's see who's here and learn more about the amazing TMS community.

4:18-4:26 PM


OMG, it is almost 2022! Where did the time go?

4:26-5:05 PM

Part 1

Asia saw a dramatic expansion in the number of fact-finding initiatives in 2020. Although each country has a unique misinformation ecosystem influenced by language, culture, the digital environment and legal frameworks, there are key trends common across many countries.

Masato Kajimoto, University of Hong Kong

Breaktime: The Race for Vaccines

How well do you know your vaccine facts? Take this quick quiz to find out if you are a vaccine-info expert!

Trinna Leong, Google News Lab
Daisuke Furuta, Google News Lab
Minseong Kim, Google News Lab

Compounding Challenges: Tackling COVID-19 & Vaccine Misinfo

From the rush for vaccinations to vaccine hesitancy and vaccine disparity, different countries are battling a barrage of issues. 

Moderator: Yvonne Chua, University of the Philippines, Diliman - Department of Journalism
Dacia Herbulock, Science Media Centre 
Nobuyuki Okumura, FactCheck Initiative Japan
Jong-yoon Hong, Seoul National University, FactCheck Centre
Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan, DataLEADS
David Herlambang, Katadata

Case Study: Cross-Border Collaboration to Debunk Misinfo About Astrazeneca

Summer Chen, Taiwan FactCheck Center

5:05-6:02 PM

Part 2: Mis/Disinfo Amidst All Chaos

Cross-Border Disinformation Campaigns

Disinformation can be organized, and at times, coordinated to spread cross countries or continents. How do journalists and researchers investigate these networks?

Office Chair Yoga

Kimina Lyall, Dart Center

You may view the full 20-min yoga session here

Compounding the pandemic, socio-political unrest has dominated in some parts of Asia as governments tighten their grip, complicating fact-checkers’ battle against misinformation.

Moderator: Olivia Pirie-Griffiths, Alliance for Journalists' Freedom
Esther Chan, First Draft
Aye Min Thant, Frontier Myanmar
Shawn Goh, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

6:02-6:04 PM

Wrapup and See You Tomorrow!

6:04-7:04 PM

Fun Hour!
  • Hey Fact-checker, How Good Are You?

University students solved each of these questions in 15min before they entered the finals. Can you, the pros, do it in 5min each? 

  • FINALS: University Fact Check Battle!

Watch the intense fight as our university verification warriors duke it out to complete verification challenges in 15min! 

  • The Kahoot Quiz is Back! Badder and Bolder...

Thursday, 30 September 2021

4:00-4:10 PM

Welcome Back!

Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab

Musical Warm-up: No Fake News

4:13-4:40 PM

Boosting Immunity Against Misinformation

Building Resilience: Covid-19 Vaccine Confidence Insights Report by the Centers for Disease Control

Changing public health guidance and mixed messaging from the authorities have led to confusion about the virus, leaving room for vaccine deniers to fill the void. Learn how the CDC has employed communication strategies to increase vaccine confidence.

Christopher Voegeli, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Surabhi Malik, Internews

Channeling The Crowd To Fight Misinfo

Lockdowns during the pandemic have fostered communities curious about fake news, with citizens learning to verify content on their own, becoming home detectives and local ambassadors against misinformation.

Raisa Serafica, Rappler
Santi Astuti, Mafinido
Edward Gomez, Between the Lines
Supinya Klangnarong, Cofact Thailand
Melody Hsieh, Fake News Cleaner
Dr. Geetika Vashishata, Manipal University Karnataka (FactShala)

4:40-4:45 PM

Pandemic Dance Off!

4:45-4:54 PM

Lightning Talks

Lessons from ANNIE LAB

Journalism students from the University of Hong Kong share what they’ve learned from ANNIE LAB, a fact-checking project that simulates a newsroom environment.

Joshua Lee, Hong Kong University
Ananta Agarwal, Hong Kong University
Gigi Tang, Hong Kong University

Building Teenagers’ Media Immunity

How to deliver digital literacy to teenagers, based on Jung’s non-fiction book “Media Literacy for AI-friendly Teens,” inspired by observations of his own daughter.

Jae-Min Jung, KAIST

4:54-5:06 PM

Engaging the Medical Community as Factcheckers

How should journalists and fact-checkers work with the medical community? If doctors are pro-vaccine, can they be “neutral” on the issue of vaccines? Journalists need to thread the fine line of objectivity, but in times of a health emergency, how does one practice neutrality?

Jisha Krishnan, FirstCheck - Dataleads

Dr. Takahiro Kinoshita, Cov-Navi
Joon-il Kim, NewsToF 
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, All India Institute of Medical Sciences

5:06-5:24 PM

Lightning Talks

Cluster based analysis of anti-vaccine disinformation on Twitter

On Japanese Twitter, nearly half of anti-vaccine mass hoaxes spread can be traced back to 29 influencers. By contrast, only four influencers corrected hoaxes.

Fujio Toriumi, University of Tokyo

Anthony Bourdain Deepfake Poll

Was it a deepfake or wasn’t it?: The Phyo Min Thein case, deepfake detection and deepfake fears

Sam Gregory, WITNESS

Case Study: Debunking the Myanmar Junta’s Denials of Murder

NHK, Japan's public broadcaster, has been collecting and analyzing videos recorded by citizens of Myanmar in their resistance to the coup. The military denied responsibility in the shooting of a 19-year-old woman, but this analysis led to the identification of the time and place of the killing, and NHK has set up a special website to collect more information.

Masaru Zenke, NHK

5:24-5:54 PM

Boosting Misinfo Immunity through Gamification

Online games can be an attractive tool to raise awareness of “fake news,” build critical-thinking skills and understand the real-world harm of sharing unverified claims. 

Darshini Kandasamy, Malaysia Information Literacy Education
Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge
Lisa Poot, DROG

5:54-5:58 PM

Media Literacy: News in a Hostile Environment

In the modern information environment where actors actively work to undermine the media, news outlets need to take the initiative. Anticipating the threat and being proactive in our reporting approach must become an integral part of the editorial process. What questions should we ask, and what actions should we take?

Eoghan Sweeney, OSINT Essentials

Wrapup, Thank Yous and Post-TMS Programming Announcement

Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab
Trinna Leong, Google News Lab