Proposal

APrIGF 2024 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Mr. Beltsazar Krisetya
Email
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
Safer Internet Lab at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies
Designation
Principal Researcher of Safer Internet Lab at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia
Gender
Male
Economy of Residence
Indonesia
Primary Stakeholder Group
Civil Society
List Your Organizing Partners (if any)
Shita Laksmi, Southeast Representative for Diplo Foundation. (Email: shital@diplomacy.edu)
Jean-Jacques Sahel, Asia-Pacific Information Policy Lead for Google Asia Pacific. (Email: jjsahel@google.com)
Jonathan Tan Ghee Tiong, Head of Culture and Information Division at the ASEAN Secretariat. (Email: tanghee.tiong@asean.org)
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
Charting the Path for a Regional Fact-Checking Coalition in the Asia-Pacific
Session Format
Roundtable (60 minutes)
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
The session will discuss how an Asia-Pacific regional coalition can tackle existing and emerging challenges in information disorder and fact-checking endeavors. Fact-checking stands as a strategic solution in countering the widespread dissemination of misinformation and disinformation, with 424 active fact-checking websites globally (The Duke Reporter’s Lab, 2016). Various entities engage in fact-checking, ranging from independent organizations, news media, universities to government actors, forming diverse coalitions for ongoing collaboration.

A policy brief will be presented in the session to serve as a focal point for discussion. This brief outlines ongoing challenges in fact-checking efforts within the Asia-Pacific region and evaluates how a regional coalition could address these issues. The session will explore the viability, as well as usefulness and purpose of establishing a regional fact-checking coalition to effectively counter disinformation within the Asia-Pacific region. The discussion session will especially serve as a platform for diverse stakeholders to deliberate and identify key principles fundamental to fact-checking efforts. This process will establish a shared understanding among fact-checkers in the region, a primary function of a regional coalition. These principles may include, but are not limited to, transparency, accountability, balancing between speed and accuracy, independence, and impartiality.

Furthermore, discussions will center on how such a coalition could confront the evolving strategies of disinformation, address disparities in fact-checking skills among practitioners, and navigate the increasingly lucrative and robust business models behind industrialized disinformation. Additionally, the brief and ensuing discussions will acknowledge that while a regional coalition holds promise, it may not offer a panacea to all challenges faced in this domain. After the session, follow-up discussions among interested participants will be held.
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
Our session emphasizes the importance of implementing resilient safeguarding principles in multi-stakeholder initiatives amidst the constantly evolving digital landscape. We specifically address the threat to information integrity caused by the misuse of digital tools and digitalization. Our focus is on combating the widespread dissemination of information disorder, which poses a great global threat by influencing, and furthermore, manipulating public opinion. Our discussion aligns with the thematic tract of “Security & Trust,” aiming to develop comprehensive and sustainable solutions to protect information integrity.

As one of the most robust and prevalent first-response strategies in combating information disorder, fact-checking initiatives serve two primary functions; neutering false information and promoting factual information. This discussion aims to delve into how ongoing initiatives can elevate their role of promoting factual information, rather than solely focusing on debunking false information. We seek to explore ways in which fact-checking initiatives can expand, evolve, and become more effective, as well as sustainable. We discuss the feasibility of the establishment of an Asia-Pacific fact-checking coalition as a regional solution to supplement initiatives on the global level. This session will especially facilitate discussion among a multitude of relevant stakeholders to develop a set of key fundamental principles of fact-checking in the region. These key principles will serve as the cornerstone for fact-checkers to follow, including principles of transparency, accountability, balance between speed and accuracy, independence, and impartiality. To articulate this vision, we believe that APrIGF provides the ideal platform for this exchange, where four institutions operating in the Asia-Pacific region–CSIS, Diplo Foundation, Google APAC, and the ASEAN Secretariat–will convene to thoroughly discuss the feasibility of this endeavor.
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
10 minutes Introduction and a brief presentation of policy brief
30 minutes Discussion among speakers with more or less 5 minutes allocated for each of the speakers to share expertise and give comments/feedback on the policy brief and questions provided beforehand. An additional 5 minutes is allocated in the case of over time.
15 minutes Interaction with the audience: questions and comments, directed to speakers and facilitated by moderators
5 minutes Final speaker points + facilitator summation and follow up discussion
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Shita Laksmi
    • Organization: Diplo Foundation
    • Designation: Southeast Asia Representative
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Indonesia
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.intgovforum.org/en/content/laksmi-shita
  • Moderator (Facilitator)

    • Name: Ratna Aini Hadi
    • Organization: Safer Internet Lab
    • Designation: Research Associate
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Indonesia
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): www.linkedin.com/in/ratnaainihadi
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Daisuke Furuta
    • Organization: Japan Fact-check Center
    • Designation: Editor-in-chief
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Japan
    • Stakeholder Group: Press / Media
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Invited
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.linkedin.com/in/daisukefuruta/
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Jean-Jacques Sahel
    • Organization: Google
    • Designation: Asia-Pacific Information Policy Lead
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Singapore
    • Stakeholder Group: Private Sector
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.iicom.org/profile/jean-jacques-sahel/
  • Speaker 3

    • Name: Gemma B. Mendoza
    • Organization: Rappler
    • Designation: Head of Digital Services and Lead Researcher on Disinformation and Platforms
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Philippines
    • Stakeholder Group: Press / Media
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.rappler.com/author/gemma-b-mendoza/
  • Speaker 4

    • Name: Brian D. Hanley
    • Organization: Internews
    • Designation: Regional Director for Asia-Pacific
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Thailand
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://internews.org/people/brian-d-hanley/
  • Speaker 5

    • Name: Jonathan Tan Ghee Tiong
    • Organization: ASEAN Secretariat
    • Designation: Head of Culture and Information Division
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Jakarta
    • Stakeholder Group: Intergovernmental Organizations
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Invited
    • Link of Bio (URL only): linkedin.com/in/jonathan-g-t-tan-b0b8162
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
The session we have designed features a diverse array of speakers from various sectors to reflect the multi-stakeholder approach of the fact-checking landscape. Our speakers include experts from the Japan Fact-check Center (JFC) and Rappler, representatives from Google, the ASEAN Secretariat, and Internews. This variety aims to capture multiple perspectives on building a regional coalition for effective fact-checking.

Our panel includes Daisuke Furuta from JFC, an independent organization under The Safer Internet Association, which promotes Internet safety. Daisuke, a seasoned journalist and Google News Lab Teaching Fellow, focuses on training in digital reporting. Gemma B. Mendoza of Rappler leads initiatives against disinformation through data analysis and community engagement. From ASEAN, Jonathan Tan Ghee Tiong is head of the Culture and Information Division, directly corresponds with AMRI (ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information) and SOMRI (Senior Officials’ Meeting Responsible for Information and Media) in the publishing of the ASEAN guideline on management of government information in combating fake news and disinformation in the media. Jean-Jacques Sahel, Asia-Pacific Information Policy Lead at Google, is also the Director of International Institute of Communications, has been involved in international government and regulatory affairs for over 15 years and been active in the global IGF community since its creation at WSIS in 2005. Brian D. Hanley, Regional Director for Asia-Pacific Programs in Internews leads extensive media development programs across Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Internews, he served as a Senior Democracy and governance Field Advisor in USAID’s Center for Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance.

Shita Laksmi, representing Diplo Foundation in Southeast Asia and with two decades of experience in tech and internet governance, will moderate the discussion. She has significant involvement in Indonesia's ICT sector and advises the Asia Pacific School of Internet Governance. Ratna Aini Hadi of the Safer Internet Lab (SAIL), and primary author of the presented policy brief, will act as the secondary moderator. SAIL, a partnership between the Centre for Strategic and International Studies and Google Indonesia, endeavors to function as a central hub, coordinating diverse interests among stakeholders and developing mutual understanding on disinformation issues, notably focusing on fact-checking efforts. SAIL consistently conducts research on the experience of disinformation and strategies for combating them, with a particular emphasis on fact-checking as a primary countermeasure.
Please declare if you have any potential conflict of interest with the Program Committee 2024.
No
Are you or other session contributors planning to apply for the APrIGF Fellowship Program 2024?
No
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