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Monday, August 28 • 18:00 - 19:30
Tools for Truth: Global media in the digital age (Free Sydney Ideas event)

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Forget what you think you know about fake news. Our neighbours in Asia have been dealing with fake news, lies and propaganda for years. More recently, the same technology and social media platforms that have enabled political participation and social change have become a battleground for “weaponised” internet warriors to spread misinformation. And sometimes the perpetrators are governments themselves. Our global panel will discuss how citizens, journalists and publishers are fighting back with fact-checking, verification, data-driven reporting and collaborations across borders.


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Aim Sinpeng

Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
Dr Aim Sinpeng’s research interests centre on the relationships between digital media, political participation and political regimes in Southeast Asia. She is particularly interested in the role of social media in shaping state-society relations and inducing political and social... Read More →

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Matt Davis

Videojournalist, ABC TV Foreign Correspondent
Matt Davis has worked as a multi-skilled journalist/producer/cameraman throughout the world’s metropolises and backwaters. Currently based at the ABC's Foreign Correspondent, Matt's recent work includes the AACTA and Walkley Award nominated documentary #BlackLivesMatter, interactive... Read More →
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Maria Ressa

CEO, Rappler
for press freedom in the Philippines. As Rappler's CEO, Maria has endured constantpolitical harassment and arrests by the Duterte government, forced to post bail tentimes to stay free. Rappler's battle for truth and democracy is the subject of the 2020Sundance Film Festival documentary... Read More →
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Siddharth Varadarajan

Founding Editor, The Wire, India
Siddharth Varadarajan is a Founding Editor of The Wire  He was earlier the Editor of The Hindu and is a recipient of the Shorenstein Journalism Award and the Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalist of the Year. He taught Economics at New York University and Journalism at the University... Read More →

Monday August 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:30 AEST
Sydney Uni Law School Foyer Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney