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ASEAN Foundation empowers youth to fight misinformation and disinformation

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On Safer Internet Day, ASEAN Foundation, with the support of, Google’s philanthropic arm, hosted the ASEAN Youth Advisory Group (ASEAN YAG) Regional Workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia. The event was a part of ASEAN Digital Literacy Programme (ASEAN DLP) which aims to combat misinformation and disinformation by providing digital literacy training for youth, teachers, parents, the elderly, community leaders and government officials. The mission is in line with the slogan of Safer Internet Day, “Together for a Better Internet”.

Through this workshop, nineteen youth members of ASEAN YAG from ten ASEAN countries were trained as the agent of change who will play an important role in raising the awareness about the importance of digital literacy to their peers and communities. 

“Each of the ASEAN Youth Advisory Group members appointed last year has an impressive digital literacy insight, extensive grassroots network, and deep understanding of local context. They will run digital literacy campaigns in their communities to combat misinformation and disinformation, helping create a safer digital space in the region together with our local implementing partners and master trainers,” said Dr. Piti Srisangnam, Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation.

After a year of implementation, ASEAN Foundation has successfully held 89 Training of Trainers with around 1,000 master trainers across the region in collaboration with 14 local implementing partners. In the Philippines, there were 2 implementing partners, 149 master trainers, and 17,379 beneficiaries.

With a $1.5 million grant support from, ASEAN Foundation will continue its efforts to address misinformation and other online safety issues in all ten ASEAN member countries.

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