Mitigating disinformation in Southeast Asian elections

Lessons from Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand
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Despite new legal, technical, social, and educational efforts to mitigate fake news, digital disinformation has become further entrenched in electoral processes in the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

This report, published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom COE), summarises key trends of political disinformation observed during a series of elections in all three countries last year. The report provides a regional assessment of election-related social media manipulation and interventions with the aim of mitigating future risks in a global context.

In their report, Dr Tapsell and Dr Ong identify disinformation narratives, work models and innovations observed during the 2019 elections in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. They critically examine the different approaches of all three countries in mitigating disinformation, specifically in regards to government regulation and fake news laws, election commission campaign regulations, social media platform bans, and third-party fact-checking partnerships.

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