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Club Online Zoom Breakfast Event – Workshop: The Misinformation Surrounding COVID-19 Vaccines

 

ONLINE ZOOM BREAKFAST EVENT
Workshop: The Misinformation Surrounding COVID-19 Vaccines
SPEAKER
ESTHER CHAN
APAC Bureau Editor, First Draft
Thursday, March 4, 2021
8:00am HKT on Zoom
With the Hong Kong government rolling out its COVID-19 vaccine programme, First Draft’s APAC bureau editor Esther Chan will provide an overview of the vaccine misinformation landscape. In this workshop, she will also discuss case studies looking at why different communities around the world have lost trust in vaccines, and give a rundown of some common tactics for spreading misinformation online. Based on First Draft’s 2020 research analysing 1,200 vaccine-related social media posts, Esther will also talk about the six narratives that vaccine misinformation commonly falls into. Moderated by FCC First Vice President Eric Wishart.
Esther Chan is the Sydney-based APAC bureau editor of First Draft. Esther started her career in television as an investigative reporter in Hong Kong before moving onto digital journalism at Storyful, a social media news and intelligence agency. As she evolved from a journalist specialised in online newsgathering and the verification of eyewitness content to deputy editor in Hong Kong and news editor in Australia, her work delved deeper into cross-platform, cross-border, multi-lingual coordinated disinformation campaigns. Esther has participated in several editions of Google News Initiatives’ news literacy projects, helping trained journalists in the APAC region in identifying threat actors and deepening understanding of the online disinformation landscape. She recently helped launch the Australian branch of Agence France-Presse (AFP)’s Fact Check operation in 2019, and has since been covering social media anomalies and mis/disinformation primarily in Australia, Hong Kong and China, as well as editing and publishing fact-check reports from APAC bureaus operating in more than a dozen languages.
This online event is free of charge and open to FCC members, their guests and the media, and advance registration is required. Registered guests will receive the Zoom link, meeting ID and password the day before the event. Members can test this link immediately. A waiting room will be opened two hours before the start of the event.

 

Speaker: ESTHER CHAN,APAC Bureau Editor, First Draft