TechCamp Taipei

Disarming Disinformation through Technology, Design, and Communication

Participants from

Burma; Indonesia; Malaysia; Mongolia; Philippines; Thailand


Tackling disinformation and cultivating media literacy have emerged as a shared priority between the United States and Taiwan, as both societies are targets of both internal and external disinformation campaigns. The ubiquity of social media and its use as a platform to spread disinformation has increased the difficulty of addressing this challenge. Social media influencers and members of the tech and NGO communities are uniquely situated to meet potential consumers of disinformation where they are: online. TechCamp Taipei aims to train and inspire emerging voices in the region to use their platforms to educate the public on how to be savvy news consumers. In addition to learning about various tools and strategies that help counter disinformation, participants will also work with technologists and subject-matter experts from around the world to develop solutions that help reduce the reach and impact of disinformation.


27 August 2019 | TechCamp Day 1

15:30 - 16:00 Registration and Networking

16:00 - 16:10 Welcome Remarks

16:10 - 16:20 What is TechCamp/Overview/What to Expect

16:20 - 16:45 Icebreaker

16:45 - 17:50 Speed-Geeking

18:0 - 19:00 Reception/Dinner

19:00 - 20:00 What’s your challenge: Brainstorming Groups: Pick a topic below and work as a group to brainstorm/discuss challenges in the field:

  1. Effective and Efficient Fact-Checking
  2. Reaching Rural or Isolated Communities
  3. Media Literacy in Education
  4. Credible and Trustworthy News Organizations

28 August 2019 | TechCamp Day 2

09:00 - 09:10 Morning Announcements

09:10 - 10:10 Design Thinking Plenary

10:10 - 10:20 Overview of Topics from Trainers

10:30 - 12:30 Interactive Discussion 1 (choose one topic from table below)


Digital Storytelling

Sian Gard, Chief of Staff at ABC Central Victoria
Audience SegmentationTony Cohn, Director of Strategy at Morgridge Family Foundation
Media Literacy through Interactive Games & CampaignsMimi van Dun, Program Manager at Dutch Media Literacy Centre
Creating Multimedia Stories with Open Source (and Mobile) ToolsDouglas Arellanes, Co-Founder of Sourcefabric
Data Journalism (Data Mapping/Data Visualization)Kuek Ser Kuang Keng, Founder of DataN
Fact Checking and VerificationWahyu Dhyatmika, Editor in Chief of
Leaning into Innovation through Entrepreneurship and LeadershipKiki Huckaby, Director of Learning at mindSpark Learning and Melissa Sayre, Chief Impact Officer at mindSpark Learning
Community Building/Online to Offline EngagementEsra Arslan, Board Member of Needs Map
AI and DisinformationKim Glasgow, Senior Staff at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:40 - 15:40 Interactive Discussion 2 (choose one topic from table above)

15:40 - 15:55 Break

15:55 - 16:10 What is a Challenge Statement?

16:10 - 17:10 Challenge Statement Development
Participants will work in small groups with Trainers and Mentors to define a challenge statement they would like to work on solving as a team on Day 2. All challenge statements should be submitted to organizers.

17:15 End of Day Announcements

29 August 2019 | TechCamp Day 3

09:00 - 09:10 Day 2 Announcements

09:10 - 09:30 Present challenge statements (One representative from each challenge group will explain why their challenge statement is important)

09:30 - 11:00 Interactive Training Session 3
This is a third opportunity to choose a different trainer/session that participants have not yet visited. We will ask trainers to combine forces for a few power sessions on highly requested topics/natural crossovers.

11:00 - 12:30 Work on Solutions

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 Continue Project Solutions/Work on Presentations

15:00 - 15:20 Break

15:20 - 16:30 Presentations

16:30 - 16:45 Surveys

16:45 - 17:00 Closing Remarks and Certificates

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