‘Anti-fake news’ bill raises more concerns than solutionsTHE pending Senate bill prescribing jail time for creating and spreading fake news looks timely and relevant in view of the prevalence of false information, particularly on social media, but it has already met strong criticism even before discussions could begin on the committee level. Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd authored Senate Bill (SB) 9 titled “An Act Prohibiting the Publication and Proliferation of False Content on the Philippine Internet, Providing Measures to Counteract its Effects and Prescribing Penalties Therefor,” seeking to impose up to P2 million in fines or imprisonment of at least 12 years. It intends to “protect the public from the deleterious effects of false and deceiving content online” and seeks to penalize a broad category of acts that include the creation or publication of false or misleading information; offering services for such purposes; financing online … [Read more...] about ‘Anti-fake news’ bill raises more concerns than solutions
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PETALING JAYA: The trust Malaysians have in traditional a is stronger now than five years ago, a study has revealed. Global market research firm, Ipsos Malaysia said 79% of Malaysians think newspapers and magazines have good intentions, 77% trust the intentions of TV and radio, while for online new sources the figure is 70%. This is as opposed to the global trend which showed that trust in traditional media is low due to the prevalence of fake news and doubts over the intention of media outlets. Globally, only 50% of readers trust newspapers and magazines while 52% of viewers are believe in the content of TV and radio. Only 49% of global users of online new sources think they are credible. Malaysians also trust news and information from people they know personally more than any other sources, said the study. Ipsos Malaysia managing director Arun Menon in a statement said it is interesting how while the rest of the world is declining in terms of their trust in the media, … [Read more...] about Study shows growth of trust in traditional media in Malaysia
The cellphones known as 5G, or fifth generation, represent the vanguard of a wireless era rich in interconnected cars, factories and cities. Whichever nation dominates the new technology will gain a competitive edge for much of this century, according to many analysts. But a television network a few blocks from the White House has been stirring concerns about a hidden flaw. “Just a small one,” a TV reporter told her viewers recently. “It might kill you.” The Russian network RT America aired the segment, titled “A Dangerous ‘Experiment on Humanity,’” in covering what its guest experts call 5G’s dire health threats. US intelligence agencies identified the network as a principal meddler in the 2016 presidential election. Now, it is linking 5G signals to brain cancer, infertility, autism, heart tumors and Alzheimer’s disease — claims that lack scientific support. Yet even as RT America, the cat’s-paw of Russia’s … [Read more...] about News Russian network links 5G to health risks
SINGAPORE - In the fight against misinformation, the Government, the media and the community all have a key role to play, said Communications and Information Minister S. Iswaran on Wednesday (May 8), as he mounted a stout defence of the need for the fake news legislation. Speaking ahead of a parliamentary debate on the fake news Bill, he said it would be remiss of the Government not to swiftly stem the spread and counter the effects of misinformation directed by malicious actors. He was addressing a group of media executives and editors from around the region at the opening of Publish Asia, an annual meeting for media professionals from the region. The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill is a pragmatic response to the changes in the online space, he said. However, this is not sufficient. "An important antidote to deliberate online falsehoods is quality journalism," said Mr Iswaran, adding that journalism should not be a race to capture eyeballs. The news … [Read more...] about Whole-of-nation effort needed to combat fake news: Iswaran
The idea of holding digital elections is picking up steam following reports that dozens of election workers died of reported extreme fatigue during and after organizing the nation’s first-ever concurrent elections, billed by many as “the world’s most complex”. While it is hard to determine if the April 17 general elections directly caused the deaths, a consensus has been reached that the current election system — in which five different paper-based elections are held on a single day — has to be changed. One of the proposed changes is for Indonesia to apply e-voting to make elections less complicated. The proposal, however, remains controversial, with lawmakers saying that even after so many election-related deaths, e-voting still seems like a distant dream. The controversy revolves around the question of whether Indonesia — an archipelago with a population of more than 250 million people — is ready for … [Read more...] about Can e-voting solve Indonesia’s election woes?