This conference will examine the phenomenon of fake news and its use and abuse by governments, private entities and social media, the role of the citizen in the consumption of such ‘news’, the responsibility of media outlets and the emerging legislation around it and its impact on human rights.
The key issues that will be examined are as follows are: 1. History of fake news by governments and media outlets 2. Emerging laws and legislation to curb fake news 3. Fake news and its ability to influence voter sentiment during elections 4. Fake news and its role in fanning communal violence 5. Fake news and the role of media owners, journalists and distributors of social media content 6. Impact of fake news on democracy, rule of law and freedom of expression.
The conference will consist of thematic panels, country-specific discussions and a final plenary session which will be open to civil society groups, international organisations, government officials and the academic community to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking opportunities.
This is a self-funded conference, hence a flat fee of USD$300 that will be charged to all keynote, paper and poster presenters and participants. This will go towards covering the cost of the venue, equipment and logistics, coffee breaks on all days, certificates for participants, conference communications and event organisation.
Researchers wishing to present papers are invited to submit a title, an abstract in English of 300-350 words along with a biographical paragraph of 100 words. Full papers should be 5000 words.
Limited space is available for 4 to 5 poster presentations. Your presentation may be submitted in Word / PDF format to the Asia Centre for consideration. A 60×80 cm poster will be printed and displayed during the conference. Full conference fees apply.
Abstract Submission: open from 1 July 2018 until 31 st December 2018
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: on a rolling basis
Payment of conference fees: on acceptance of abstracts
Full paper submission: latest 30 May 2019
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