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The second GFMD IMPACT meeting bringing together donors, practitioners and academics, which took place on June 17th 2021, focused on disinformation.
Date: 17th June 2021
Time: 15:00-17:00 CET / 09:00-11:00 ET
To provide donors, practitioners and academia insights and knowledge to assist the sector in better planning, designing, implementing and measuring the impact of mis/disinformation programmes by discussing:
- Approaches and methodologies used in media assistance programmes to tackle mis/disinformation
- What has been successful in different environments, where there are still challenges
- What forms of evidence and research still need to be developed
- How to better collect, share and use data and evidence from current programmes that can influence policy priorities as well as implementation strategies.
When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.
- The meeting will be recorded for the purposes of record-keeping and to enable accurate reporting. The video will never be shared or published.
- These meetings are not for the solicitation of funding.
- Joshua Machleder, Senior Media and Internet Freedom Advisor, USAID│Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance
Tom Law, Media Policy Advisor, Global Forum for Media Development, will give a review of relevant reports, evidence and literature related to recent programmes and initiatives.
Kalina Bontcheva, a senior researcher in the Natural Language Processing Group at the University of Sheffield, has prepared the following presentation from the disinformation typology of responses section of Balancing Act: Countering Digital Disinformation While Respecting Freedom of Expression (2020).
Overview of Balancing Act Typology and Recommendations.pptx
Overview of Balancing Act Typology and Recommendations
- Susan Abbott, consultant, co-chair of the Media Sector Development Working Group of The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
- Katerina Tsetsura, Ph.D., Gaylord Family Professor of Strategic Communication, University of Oklahoma, Independent Consultant, Research, Measurement, Monitoring, and Evaluation
You can download the draft work paper from the link below:
Countering Disinformation Monitoring and Evaluation Working Paper - Susan Abbott and Katerina Tsetsura - 16 June 2021.pdf
PLEASE NOTE: This a draft creating for discussion and comment purposes only.
A series of case studies and presentations of research and policy papers were prepared for participants to watch in preparation for the meeting to allow for more discussion in the meeting itself.
Each group was tasked with responding to the following questions:
- Which responses to disinformation are effective in which circumstances? And why? Why have some responses been more effective than others?
- What are your main challenges when working on responses to disinformation? How can they be overcome?
- What are your recommendations for the media development and journalism support community (donors, funders, implementers, practitioners)? What should we do next? And how should we do it? Research? Evidence sharing? Data gathering?
Supporting journalism, counter-narratives, reporting on misinformation.
Chair: Mira Milosevic, Executive Director, Global Forum for Media Development
Newsroom and production processes to address disinformation - Fact-checking, moderation, content curation, ethical standards.
Chair: Roukaya Kasenally, CEO, African Media Initiative and Associate Professor University of Mauritius
Media and information literacy and newsroom literacy.
Chair: Snjezana Milivojevic, Ph.D.Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade
This research by Media Matters for Democracy - Pakistan -- "Disorder in the newsroom - The media’s perceptions and response to the infodemic" -- includes a survey of 546 journalists along with in-depth interviews of 10 senior reporters and editors in national and international newsrooms based in Pakistan.
Sonia Whitehead presents an analysis of BBC Media Action’s work responding to disinformation around COVID-19.
If you don’t make a selection, note that we will assign you to one of the groups.
After the meeting, GFMD will share a report of the presentations, keynote and discussions in the breakout group. This will include proposals for future research, collaboration, learning and information sharing.