On January 10th, 2023, we held the first local consultations in Taipei 🇹🇼 on what global democracy could look like. And it was amazing, with great panelists and about 45 participants.
Given Chinese territorial claims, particularly at the height of election cycles, Taiwan faces waves of disinformation from China. We brainstormed on the strategies that Taiwan has taken to adapt to this challenge, as well as what other countries can learn from it.
This event opens a series of consultations across the globe to crowdsource what a democratic system of global governance should look like.
The event started with a panel discussion, followed by group discussions!
- Ai-Men Lau (Doublethink Lab)
- Billion Lee (Cofacts)
- Brian Hioe (New Bloom)
- Colombe Cahen-Salvador (Atlas co-founder)
- Jonas Parello-Plesner (Alliance of Democracies)
- Moderator: Aurora Chang
Here are some of the points that came out during the discussion. Feel free to send us more ⤵️
Sources of disinformation in Taiwan come mainly from China, especially targeted at human rights, military & China topics. You see a lot of it in statements such as “democracy is useful, you don’t need it”.
Language skills are important in fighting disinformation: if it’s in a foreign language you won’t notice mistakes. Localization: disinformation is getting better at this. They recruit local people to use the right words and input local culture.
Strategies to fight disinformation:
Civil society to debunk it
Key for debunking strategies to be accessible and easy to the public
Stigmatizing people who have fallen for disinformation doesn’t help. Need to humanize it. There is a need to understand where people come from and control our reactions to it.
Important to recognize the uphill battle that fighting disinformation is. Debunking spreads less than fake news.
More democracy means less disinformation: the more engaged citizens are the more they can trust institutions, the less likely they are to fall for disinformation
There’s a fine line between fighting dis/misinformation and curtailing freedom of expression. Intent to harm/advance an agenda could be criteria to draw that line
Societies with growing inequalities and declining prosperity are more prone to d/misinformation - when people are doing well there’s less of it.
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Find below a few pictures from this first event ⤵️