APrIGF 2022 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Mr. Charles Mok
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
Tech for Good Asia
Economy of Residence
Hong Kong
Primary Stakeholder Group
Technical Community
List Your Organizing Partners (if any)
Global Digital Policy Incubator, Stanford University
Mr. Charles Mok (Onsite Moderator)
Visiting Scholar

COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee (KPCPEN), Secretariat of Public Communication Team, Indonesia
Mr. Donny B.U (Online Facilitator)
Secretariat Coordinator

Common Room / RCCE
Mr. Gustaff Iskandar (Onsite Co-Moderator)
Executive Director

ICT Watch / Siberkreasi
Mr. Indriyatno Banyumurti (Online Co-Facilitator)
Executive Director
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
Combating Disinformation from COVID-19 to the General Election: Multistakeholder Digital Literacy vs Legislation & Censorship?
Session Format
Panel Discussion
Where do you plan to organize your session?
Onsite at the venue (with online moderator for questions and comments from remote participants)
Specific Issues for Discussion
Disinformation has become one of the biggest threats to trust on the Internet, in Asia and all over the world, as well as a major threat for public health, frauds, crimes, inequality, discrimination and election integrity. What should the civil/technical society as well as governments do?

In particular, we will look at SE Asia, which has a thriving digital economy with over 400 million internet users. Except for Laos, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste, all nations in SE Asia have internet penetration rates of over 70%. During the COVID-19 pandemic, screen usage time of users in SE Asia jumped, surpassing the global average at about 7 hours a day. But the "disinformation viruses" (hoaxes) have also grown, making some citizens distrust health professionals, neglect health protocols, refuse vaccination and even disobey health advisories. Similarly, election disinformation has also become a common concern in many countries, with serious political repercussion and impact to election fairness.

So, has netizens' digital literacy improved as Internet penetration grows? As Asian governments turn to legislation to tackle this issue, requiring content moderation from social media platforms, how can we prevent these laws from becoming tools of censorship? We believe that multistakeholderism has an important role to play, and civil/technical societies should be further empowered to find better alternatives to unilateral legislative enforcement.

Our discussion will emphasize the following:
- Multistakeholder collaboration in an equal, inclusive, and participatory manner for policy setting
- Capacity development to improve digital literacy of the community, by actively engaging with local actors and source persons in the preparation, implementation, and development of activities
- Utilizing public online platforms and creative-commons licensed knowledge to maximize availability of knowledge and free access
- Facilitating neutral and professional factchecking mechanism and re
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
This panel addresses all APrIGF thematic tracks of trust, inclusion, and sustainability. Disinformation is one of the biggest threat undermining trust on the Internet, making it less inclusive and more divisive, and threatening the sustainability of the whole network ecosystem. Content moderation by platforms and their "AI" or governments' attempts to regulate seem to create more problems that harm freedom of expression and information flows. Civil/technical community involvement under multistakeholderism -- consistent with IGF values -- is the only viable solution, by constantly improving and updating citizens' digital literacy. Technology alone cannot solve the problem of digital deception

We believe a human rights-based strategy to combat disinformation and hoaxes should be organized, focusing more on education to the Internet users on digital literacy and critical thinking. Even in case of legislation, sufficient safeguards to free speech and the establishment of specific legal standards for objective harm before invoking liability etc. should be necessary.

Disinformation cannot be removed by technological solutions alone. It is a complex social issue that demands an open, collaborative, multistakeholder process, involving policymakers, civil society organizations, private sector (especially the online platforms), academics, and technical community, in line with the spirit of the IGF. We hope that the panel can serve as the first of a series of sessions in search of regional solutions to tackle all forms of digital authoritarianism from disinformation to surveillance, as we try to protect the core values of the Internet -- open, free, equal, safe, secure and resilient.
Methodology / Agenda (Please add rows by clicking "+" on the right)
Time frame (e.g. 5 minutes, 20 minutes, should add up to 60 minutes) Description
5 minutes Introduction and scene setting by moderator
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Charles Mok
    • Organization: Tech for Good Asia
    • Designation: Director
    • Gender: M
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Hong Kong
    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Moderator (Facilitator)

    • Name: Donny B.U
    • Organization: KPCPEN / ICT Watch
    • Designation: Officer
    • Gender: M
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Indonesia
    • Stakeholder Group: Government
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Rizky Ika Syafitri
    • Organization: UNICEF / RCCE
    • Designation: C4D Specialist
    • Gender: F
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Indonesia
    • Stakeholder Group: Intergovernmental Organizations
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Indriyatno Banyumurti
    • Organization: ICT Watch / Siberkreasi
    • Designation: Executive Director
    • Gender: M
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Indonesia
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 3

    • Name: Yung Sin
    • Organization: Open Net / Korea University
    • Designation: Director / Professor
    • Gender: M
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Korea
    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 4

    • Name: Alice Budisatrijo
    • Organization: Meta
    • Designation: APAC Head of Misinformation Policy
    • Gender: F
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Singapore
    • Stakeholder Group: Private Sector
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
The above currently proposed speakers/panelists are chosen in order to have a good diversity and mix from different regions in Asia and also from different stakeholder communities, i.e. civil society, academics and private sector. They have the competence, knowledge and experience related to tackling disinformation as well as digital literacy, online freedom and government legislations. Specifically, resource persons from UNICEF and ICT WATCH during the pandemic carried out collaborative work with various parties such as the Public Communication Team of the COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee (KPCPEN), to handle hoaxes in the community through online and onsite channels. Prof Park is an expert in legal and regulatory policy matters and can make comments for the region. Google is a prominent online platform that deals with hoaxes and government requests in multiple jurisdictions in Asia.
If you need assistance to find a suitable speaker to contribute to your session, or an onsite facilitator for your online-only session, please specify your request with details of what you are looking for.
It is not necessary at this stage.

REQUEST 1: Mrs Rizky will need an invitation letter from the APrIGF organizer, due to her position as a UN agency officer, in order to attend in person. Please facilitate that with us/her ASAP.

REQUEST 2: Due to travel schedule we would hope to request the session to be held on the first day (Sep 12) or the morning of the second day (Sep 13) of the APrIGF program. Thank you for your attention!
Please declare if you have any potential conflict of interest with the Program Committee 2022.
Are you or other session contributors planning to apply for the APrIGF Fellowship Program 2022?
APrIGF offers live transcript in English for all sessions. Do you need any other translation support or any disability related requests for your session? APrIGF makes every effort to be a fully inclusive and accessible event, and will do the best to fulfill your needs.
Yes, English live transcript and/or sign language interpreter is needed, if possible.
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