Digital Empowerment Foundation and Internet Society
Nandini Chami will be moderating a panel on Community Networks: Media, Misinformation and Misuse on the third day of the 5th Community Network Xchange Conference organized jointly by DEF & Internet Society.
Panel Brief: Access to credible information is crucial during crises such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In response to this, messaging apps and digital platforms have been asked by Governments to help
disseminate accurate information related to the pandemic. However, without a proportionate response
to provide the same information through other channels, including traditional media, those who have no
access to digital technologies struggle with differentiating between fact and fiction. This is more
important as often hearsay comes into play in many communities. This session will discuss how
community networks in underserved areas can be leveraged to disrupt misinformation and how
traditional media – including community radio – can be leveraged.
Panelists for the event:
Philomena Gnanapragasam- Director, Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development
Natasha Badhwar-Creative Producer, Karwan E Mohabbat
Sarbani Banerjee Belur-Asia Regional Coordinator, Community Networks, APC
Anju Mangal-Head of Asia-Pacific Region, Alliance for Affordable Internet
Find more details about the event here.
Register for the online event here.