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Fake News and Elections in Asia

10 July 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 12 July 2019 @ 5:00 PM BMT



Stakeholders in Southeast Asia are increasingly expressing their concerns over the rise of information manipulation to influence public views and behavior, mislead, incite hatred and fear and even revise factual historical accounts. Behavioral manipulation has occurred at the grassroots level as charismatic leaders and groups take to social media to spread hate speech and fake news with the aim of gaining adherents to their cause in long running conflicts that threaten democratic values.

A range of governments in Asia have introduced or have announced their intention to enact legislation to cover fake news. Traditionally “fake news” or one-sided propaganda have been generated by authoritarian governments who controlled local media and later introduced a variety of legislation to mitigate the flow of alternative information from websites and social media. The introduction of fake news bills targeting individual actors and alternative news portals is an evolution in the slew of legislation authoritarian regimes have been passing over the years against alternative content generated by online communications. Attention has also shifted to technology companies and their role in combating fake news, misinformation and rumours. Here artificial intelligence and data science are beginning to provide an understanding of viral social media content movement and its impact on habit forming behaviours.

Overall, early analysis shows that democracy, the rule of law and freedom of expression are the likely victims of these emerging legislation to combat fake news. This conference will examine the phenomenon of fake news or disinformation and its use and abuse by governments, private entities and social media, the role of the citizen in the consumption of such ‘news’, the responsibility of media outlets, technology companies and the emerging legislation around it and its impact on human rights. It will also critically examine the role media literacy programme and the work of fact check centres.


The key issues that will be examined are as follows are:

  1. History of misinformation by governments and media outlets
  2. Emerging laws and legislation to curb disinformation
  3. Fake news and its impact on voter behaviour and communal violence
  4. Effectiveness of media literacy programmes and fact check endeavours
  5. Role of artificial intelligence, data science, technology on habit forming behaviour
  6. Impact on democracy, rule of law and freedom of expression
  7. Any other relevant or related themes



The conference aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Convene interested individuals and organizations researching misinformation in Asia;
  2. Exchange information and trends around legislation to curb fake news  in Asia;
  3. Advance knowledge on role of technology and data on habit forming behavior in Asia; and
  4. Examine the impact on democracy, human rights, freedom of expression and rule of law

Conference Structure
The conference will consist of thematic panels, country-specific discussions and a final plenary session which will be open to civil society groups, political parties, international organisations, government officials and the academic community to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking opportunities.

Conference proceedings 
Following the international conference on Fake News and Elections in Asia, Asia Centre will publish a set of peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings.



10 July 2019

6-9pm: Welcome Reception and Panel Discussion

Venue: Asia Centre/ The Sukosol Bangkok (Confirmed)

11 July 2019

9-5pm: Paper Presentations

Venue: 10/11th Floor, Bumroongsuk Siha-Umphai Conference Center,
Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University
254 Phayathai Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330 Thailand.

12 July 2019

9-5pm: Paper Presentations

Venue: 10/11th Floor, Bumroongsuk Siha-Umphai Conference Center,
Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University
254 Phayathai Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330 Thailand.

7-9pm (Partners Meeting and Dinner)

Venue: Asia Centre/ The Sukosol Bangkok (Confirmed)

Also see Programme Outline.

Conference Fee
This is a self-funded conference, hence a flat fee of USD$300 that will be charged to all keynote, paper and poster presenters and participants. This will go towards covering the cost of the venue, equipment and logistics, coffee breaks on all days, certificates for participants, and conference communications.

Conference Partners


  1. Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University
  2. The Thai Media Fund
  3. School of Media, Languages and Cultures, University of Nottingham, Malaysia
  4. NSHM Knowledge Campus-Kolkata
  5. Media Studies and Journalism Department, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
  6. The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD)
  7. International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
  8. Law Faculty, University of Jember
  9. International Republican Institute
  10. HIVOS
  11. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation
  12. The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD)


Fake News Conference Fee

Poster presentations

Limited space is available for 4 to 5 poster presentations. Your presentation may be submitted in word / pdf format to the Asia Centre for consideration. A 60×80 cm poster will be printed and displayed during the conference. Full conference fees apply.

Target Audience

The conference is open to participants from academic institutions, businesses, national and regional civil society organisations, political parties, international NGOs and intergovernmental organisations to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking opportunities. Due to stability of internet connection available, Asia Centre is not able to accommodate online presentations and participation.


Accepting abstracts now

Full papers and payment due by 31 May 2019

Programme Outline

Day 0 (10 July 2019): 5pm to 8pm- Partners Meeting, welcome reception and networking

Day 1 (11 July 2019): 9am to 5pm – Paper Presentations

Day 2 (12 July 2019): 9am to 5pm – Paper Presentations

Partnership Policy

The conference offers potential partners the opportunity to network and forge linkages with academia, businesses and civil society in the region and highlight their organisation’s expertise on fake new legislation and its impact on human rights in the region.

Conference partners will enjoy

Logo on conference website, brochure, publicity materials and at the venue within the conference area

Social media promotion through Asia Centre’s networks

Space to display brochures and pamphlets

Promo materials from partner organisation can be given out to conference participants

Develop expertise on the issues covered by the conference themes

To qualify as a conference partner, prospective partners have to guarantee the following:

Minimum of 4 full fee-paying presenters/participants (USD 300 x 4 = USD1,200)

Or provide corporate sponsorship (in-kind or financial grants)

Market the conference within their networks

Partners can also sponsor a keynote speaker provide feature presentation at the conference.

Convener: Asia Centre, 128/183 Phayathai Plaza Building (17th Floor), Phayathai Road, Thung-Phayathai, Rachatewi Bangkok 10400 Thailand.


10 July 2019 @ 6:00 PM BMT
12 July 2019 @ 5:00 PM BMT
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128/183, Phayathai Plaza Building, 17th Floor, Phayathai Road, Thung-Phayathai, Rachatewi, 10400
Bangkok, 10400 Thailand
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