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CDC and CAS host lecture on networked disinformation

23 March 2018 by CBucu

On March 22, 2018, the College of Development Communication (CDC) hosted an academic lecture on networked disinformation production at the CDC Lecture Hall in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The event featured Dr. Jason Vincent Cabanes from the University of Leeds as the speaker. 

Dr. Cabanes is one of the authors of "Architects of Networked Disinformation: Behind the Scenes of Troll Accounts and Fake News Production in the Philippines"--a research report published by The Newton Tech4Dev Network. He conducted this study with Dr. Jonathan Corpus Ong from the University of Massacusetts Amherst.

Students and faculty members from different colleges in UPLB attended the event. Other distinguished guests include CDC Dean Dr. Ma. Theresa Velasco and chair of Department of Educational Communication Dr. Edmund Centeno, along with Chairs of collaborating departments from CAS-- aProf. Dwight David Diestro of the Department of Social Sciences and Dr. Leonora Fajutagana of the Department of Humanities. 

The program started with an opening remark from Dr. Florencia Gonzaga-Palis in the absence of CAS Dean Dr. Felino P. Lansigan. Pamela Combinido, Dr. Cabanes' colleague from De La Salle University-Manila, introduced Dr. Cabanes.

During the lecture, Dr. Cabanes presented the findings and key insights of the said study, emphasizing that their work aims to see the broader impact of media in society. 

"We therefore argue that they [media] are our resources for judgment," Dr. Cabanares shared with the audience. "There is where you will see the power of the media--in its broader capacity to shape our understanding of the world," he added.

After the open forum, Dr. Velasco and Dr. Gonzaga-Palis awarded the certificate to the speaker. 

In her closing remarks, Dr. Velasco said, "we challenge everyone, particularly Development Communication students and Communication Arts students[...]to use the social media for the common good."

According to Dr. Gonzaga-Palis, the event was initiated by CAS, specifically DSS instructor Yvan Yonaha who is connected with Dr. Cabanes. She also mentioned that the lecture is not just for the sciences and humanities, but for the communication academics as well. "It's social media, that's why it involves us all," she concluded. (written by Halyn Lunel Gamboa)