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In an online landscape saturated with disinformation, and with the upcoming elections in the Philippines in 2022, how can we cultivate a voting population that is media and information savvy?

With the coronavirus pandemic intensifying the use of digital media and the continued spread of misinformation online, managing misinformation requires more than just the ability to spot suspicious claims.

Not too long ago we witnessed how social media can be used for social good. The power of participatory journalism fueled by digital media has strengthened civic engagement and public discourse. This is true in times of emergency and disaster where we see people joining hands to create communities of action that respond to the needs of others.

While still evident today, the same social media tools have been weaponized to deceive the public, sow an online culture that thrives on hate, create echo chambers and polarize a nation.

Additionally, the upcoming election has made the role of social media much more evident in the prevalence of misinformation – with propaganda and campaign strategies emerging even before the official start of the campaign period.

Educating the public to think critically about the media they browse and the information they consume will have a massive impact on the 2022 elections. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO ), the definition of media literacy is to enable individuals to become engaged citizens and responsible decision makers.

Cultivating a population of active, informed and engaged voters would require digital citizens who can think critically about media and information. Soon, Filipinos will make one of the most influential decisions to maintain our democracy by electing officials who will lead the country for the next few years.

MovePH, the civic engagement arm of Rappler, is leading this webinar series, which aims to promote media and information literacy in the Philippines and encourages media literacy amidst all the misinformation in the Philippine elections of 2022.

This is the second time that MovePH has organized a series of webinars on digital media, technology and society. Last year, a four-part webinar series was also held to promote media and information literacy among Filipinos.

This year, MovePH has partnered with the following to bring you this four-part media and information literacy webinar series:

  • Filipino Scouts Amateur Media Association
  • College of Communication, Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • College of Communication for Development, University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • Division of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas
  • De La Salle Philippines
  • Saint Angelo University
  • University of the Philippines Mindanao
  • University of Saint Louis–Tuguegarao
  • Visayas State University

The sessions also aim to help participants gain a more critical understanding of the evolving online journalism and environment in the Philippines, including the potentials and challenges it poses, the different types of online risks and emerging trends in how digital media are used. for manipulation.

Through these sessions, more Filipinos could also become responsible voters by 2022 by becoming critical thinkers with the media they consume and electing leaders who would benefit the country in the long run.

Register for all or any of these webinar series sessions:

Digital media landscape: power, potential and harm

Saturday November 6, at 1 p.m.

The session will discuss the online landscape in the country, the reality that social media users face, and the importance of journalism in the digital age.

Rappler CEO and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa will be the speaker for the first session.

Digital hygiene: how to manage online risks in the age of misinformation

Saturday November 13, 2021, at 1 p.m.

For this webinar session, a discussion on digital security and data privacy will be covered. Attendees will also learn the basics of digital hygiene on how to manage and deal with online risk.

Media and democracy in crisis: how to be a responsible digital citizen

Saturday 20 November, at 1 p.m.

This webinar session will focus on media and democracy in crisis, especially how Filipinos can be responsible digital citizens.

There will be a panel discussion with Jonathan de Santos, President of the National Syndicate of Journalists; Yvonne Chua, associate professor of journalism at the University of the Philippines Diliman; and John Nery, head of the Disinformation and Democracy Consortium. This will be moderated by researcher and writer Rappler Vernise Tantuco.

Participants will learn about the role of media and digital media in democracy, citizens’ rights and responsibilities on social media, and the impact of digital media on democratic discourse in relation to the 2022 elections.

Fighting the infodemic: misinformation, fact-checking and the 2022 elections

Saturday 27 November, at 6 p.m.

This webinar session will focus on training participants to spot and counter election-related disinformation online.

Gilberto Scofield Jr, director of marketing and relations for Brazil’s leading fact-checking agency, Lupa, will tackle disinformation, fact-checking and the 2022 elections.

Rappler researcher and writer Vernise Tantuco will discuss fact-checking methodology.

– Rappler.com

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