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Welcome to the APAC Trusted Media Summit 2023 in Singapore!

Note: This year's summit will be conducted entirely in English and Chatham House Rule applies. 

This is a fully in-person summit. No online streaming is provided.

Map of venue

Agenda: December 1st
6.00pm - 9.00pm

Pre-Summit Mixer


Come meet new friends and say hi to old ones before the summit begins!

Location: Google Singapore

Day 1
Agenda: December 2nd
8.30am - 9.30am


Please arrive early to register as we expect a heavy influx of attendees

Registration at NTUC Event Spaces

9.30am - 9.40am

Welcoming Remarks


It's the biggest TMS yet! Here's a brief introduction on who's here and what to expect for the next two days!


Surabhi Malik, Google News Initiative

9.40am - 10.20am

Fireside Chat: The intersection between AI and Content Responsibility: Opportunities and Challenges

What does safe and responsible AI actually look like? This fireside chat will highlight the latest on Google’s approach to building AI responsibly, explore the intersection between AI and content responsibility, and discuss the opportunities and challenges that AI is bringing from a trust and safety lens, on issues such as misinformation, disinformation, user privacy and trust.

Snigdha Bhardwaj, Google 

Moderator: Bertha Chan, Google

10.20am - 10.25am

Summit Video: Reboot, Reset, Let's Go 2024!

10.25am - 10.50am

Country Lightning Talks


Thailand: Drama and Terror

2023 has been a year of many twists and turns for the Land of Smiles. From a fraught election, to a mall attack and rampant scams, misinformation has caused Thais real harm.


Supinya Klangnarong, Cofact Thailand

Pakistan: The Election that Didn't Happen

Election was due to take place in Nov 2023, except it didn't. In a rare occurence, and setting a dangerous precedent, Pakistanis are seeing delayed polls riddled with a political scandal, allegations of corruption and abuse.


Sofyan Sultan, SOCH Fact Check

Bangladesh: Information Pollution

Facing upcoming polls, false narratives are shaped to affect the electorate, muddying the waters to slander opponents.

Qadaruddin Shishir, AFP Fact Check

Indonesia: Breaking Down the Noise

In a race against time, how can Indonesian fact-checkers fight hoaxes while rebuilding trust with the public before its 2024 elections?


Wahyu Dhyatmika, Tempo Digital

India: Fighting Polarization

An ethnic violence sparked a difficult conversation among fact-checkers facing a divisive election next year: Are we equipped to deal with rampant misinformation in news deserts?

Jency Jacob, BOOM

10.50am - 11.05am

Keynote: Fortifying the truth, when seeing may not be believing!

At a time when the media and information landscape is in a moment of adaptation and anticipation as generative AI and synthetic media tools enable easier creation of more sophisticated content, what are the global trends and some broader areas of intervention that can help fortify truth and strengthen the information ecosystem. Here are some insights for fact checkers and journalists from Witness' ongoing research titled  'Prepare, Don't Panic', and its work with the first-ever Global Rapid Response Task Force on Deepfakes.

Sam Gregory, WITNESS

11.05am - 11.25am

Fireside Chat with Sam Gregory

Sam Gregory, WITNESS

ModeratorIrene Jay Liu, IFPIM

11.25am - 11.30am

Dance Break

11.30am - 11.55am

Plenary Panel: Misinformation 2.0: How can we adapt and improve?

Counter misinformation fighters are facing fresh challenges from skewed narratives to technological evolution. It’s time to put on a new lens to combat misinformation. How can the community find ways to navigate, adapt, and improve its measures to fix the narrative from tipping the scales and harness the best of technology?

Denis Teyssou, AFP/Vera AI
Mitali Mukherjee, Reuters Institute

Masato Kajimoto, ANNIE

Moderator:  Syed Nazakat, DataLEADS

11.55am -12.10pm

Plenary Panel: Q&A

12.10pm - 12.15pm

The TMS Challenge


Choo Ching Yee, Google News Initiative

12.15pm - 12.30pm

Google Singapore venue briefing

12.30pm - 2.30pm

Travel to Google and Lunch

2.30pm - 3.15pm

Building an ecosystem in a fact-checking desert

Room: Himalaya   Track: Fact-checking

In markets like Mongolia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor Leste, fact-checking has not yet been as established as in other parts of Asia. In Mongolia, the word 'misinformation' doesn't even exist! In this session, we explore the challenges fact-checkers face, from a lack of terminology, reliance on word-of-mouth and speak to fact-checkers working on ground to learn about creative and innovative ways to establish fact-checking in their circumstances.

Dulamkhorloo Baatar aka Duuya, NEST Mongolia

Pyi Sone Win, DVB Fact Check

Prak Chanthul, Kiripost

Zevonia Vieira, Association of Journalists Timor Leste

Moderator:  Febrina Galuh, Aliansi Jurnalis Independen

3.30pm - 4.00pm

Can debunk videos alter Gen-Z views?

Room: Fuji   Track: Research & Investigations

As Stanford University and MediaWise begin studying the efficacy of media literacy videos on TikTok, this session will explore whether vertical debunk videos created by youth can change their peer’s mindsets.


Alex Mahadevan, Mediawise

3.30pm - 5.00pm

Google Content Review Simulation

Room: Sumbing

The Content Review Simulation is a program where participants are presented with real-life case studies of policy enforcement actions across Google products and given the opportunity to make simulated content moderation decisions based on the information presented. A panel of internal policy enforcement and content moderation experts will be available to share about Google's overall approach and answer questions.


Note: This session has a maximum capacity of 20-pax for the live testing session. Sign-up on site


Estee Yong, Google

Tala Chmiel, Google

Bertha Chan, Google

4.15pm - 4.45pm

WhatsApp Channels: The Opportunity for Fact-Checkers

Room: Everest   Track: Product & Platforms

WhatsApp Channels is a new feature WhatsApp launched in September. Channels is a one-way broadcast feature that lets organizations and individuals share regular relevant information with their audiences. Fact-checkers can learn more about the feature, how they can maximize its value along with other WhatsApp features, and how they can use it to engage their audiences and reach new ones.

Clair Deevy, Meta

5.00pm - 6.00pm

Funding, grants and support to fight misinformation

Room: Everest   Track: Fact-checking, News & information literacy, Product & platforms, Research & Investigations

With increasing cuts in the tech industry, fact-checkers would do well to diversify sources of funding, and find creative ways to seek support. Discover what funders and grants-based organizations are looking for. Learn about criteria, timelines, how to pitch and the diverse resources, tools and mentorship available that can help ensure sustainability of your organization.


Note: This session is suitable for management level leaders involved in grant-writing, pitching and running an organization

Irene Jay Liu, International Fund for Public Interest Media

Lars Bestle, International Media Support

Kat Raymundo, Internews

Lisa Wlaschek, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Melanie Hui, Luminate

Premesh Chandran, Open Society Foundations

Moderator:  Trinna Leong, Trindea

6.00pm - 9.00pm



Come join us and mingle with the community over food and drinks! 

Day 2
Agenda: December 3rd
9.00am - 9.45am

WITNESS: Deepfakes Rapid Response Taskforce

Room: Everest   Track: Fact-checking

WITNESS shares its experience in running the taskforce, the types of deepfakes and shallowfakes seen and challenges. A facilitated discussion will also take place, with WITNESS seeking your experience confronting AI-generated mis/disinformation. 

Sam Gregory, WITNESS

10.00am - 10.30am

Duke Reporters Lab: Is fact-checking tapering off and what's next for APAC fact-checkers?

Room: Fuji   Track: Research & Investigations

The Duke Reporters' Lab census of fact-checking globally has shown that the growth of fact-checking organizations has plateaued after the pandemic. What are the lessons here for APAC fact-checkers and how can fact-checking persist within the region despite trying times?


Joel Luther, Duke Reporters Lab

10.45am - 11.45am

Tapping into younger audiences

Room: Fuji   Track: Fact-checking, News & information literac

Breaking into the social media realm can be tough. Here’s how three organizations channeled different ways to engage audiences by working with Gen-Z and influencers. Utilizing the pool of knowledge, and resources available, these organizations channeled creative methods to produce impactful collaborative content. Special guest: @macoydubs (>1mil TikTok followers)

Alex Mahadevan, Mediawise

Paolo Miguel Ordonio, Break the Fake

Jennifer Aquino, Probe Productions

Mark Averilla aka Macoy Dubs

Moderator: Surbhi Pandit Nangia, DataLEADS

12.00pm - 1.30pm


1.30pm - 2.00pm

Exporting fact-checking operations into new markets

Room: Bromo   Track: Fact-checking

Several fact-checking organizations have expanded into neighboring countries. Learn what strategies were involved in building operations in different markets, and navigating challenges of operating in foreign lands. Gain insights on building partnerships, evangelizing media literacy efforts, localization and find out if there are economies of scale to benefit from.

Rahul Namboori, FactCrescendo

Jency JacobBOOM

Rajneil KamathNewschecker

Moderator: Febrina Galuh, Aliansi Jurnalis Independen

2.15pm - 2.45pm

Scamguard: Navigating the Growing Menace of Online Scams

Room: Fuji   Track: Fact-checking, News & information literacy

No one is immune to online scams. Scammers trick and deploy highly sophisticated tactics, making any vigilant person vulnerable. 'Scamguard' provides a comprehensive resource for people of all age groups to learn how to spot red flags in online content and not become unsuspecting victims (and lose money).

Shelly Walia, The Quint

3.00pm - 3.10pm

Closing Message

Surabhi Malik, Google News Initiative

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