The rise of digitization has mainstreamed the conversation on socio-political issues, and the power balance has shifted to citizens who are now more engaged than ever on pressing issues our country is facing.
But while we celebrate the democratization of media, its arrival brought along some unprecedented risks. The proliferation of fake news and trolls are continuously spreading across social media and digital platforms in the Philippines, maligning public opinions on social and political issues and corrupting the credibility of institutions that serve as the moral fiber of our society. Hence is the need for a calibrated response.
This resulted to the formation of the Break the Fake Movement, an independent group of young leaders from different professions and sectors organized last 2017, have committed to fighting this pressing concern by organizing activities and events that will engage the public especially the youth.
This year, the movement won a grant from the U.S. government, through the YSEALI Seeds for the Future 2019 and in partnership with Cultural Vistas, to implement the Break the Fake Hackathon 2019, an innovation competition that aims to gather the brightest minds across ASEAN to implement innovations and creative applications that will help address fake news and disinformation.
The actual dates and locations of the hackathons are the following:
June 15, 2019 – @america, Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia
July 13, 2019 – American Tech Corner, Penang, Malaysia
August 17, 2019 – Solutions Space PH, Makati, Philippines
September 14-16, 2019 – Solutions Space PH, U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines
The Grand Hackathon will be implemented here in Manila on the 2nd week of September 2019, wherein country winners in each of the min-hackathons will be given the chance to compete for the Grand Prize of P100,000.00, present their innovations to the U.S. Embassy, pitch for funding from different funders, collaborate with media institutions, meet the vibrant and active members of YSEALI Manila, and visit offices of different tech companies here in one of the fastest rising economic hubs in Southeast Asia – Manila.
For more information and updates, please like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/breakthefakeph.
Also follow the YSEALI Seeds on social media for updates at @YSEALISeeds on Twitter, Instagram, and www.facebook.com/yseali on Facebook.
To read more about the other winners from the YSEALI Seeds for the Future, you may check out this announcement: http://bit.ly/2U9PLgN