Leadership Keynote | Cultivating Discernment Capacities of Citizenry in the Age of Disinformation
In an era marked by the proliferation of information and the blurring of lines between fact and falsehood, cultivating discernment capacities among the citizenry has become imperative. The pervasive presence of disinformation, driven by the rapid spread of AI-generated information through online platforms, profoundly impacts society, democracy, and individual decision-making. Misinformation and fake news can potentially influence elections, public opinion, and social cohesion, posing a significant threat to the foundations of democratic governance and can reach citizenry in all walks of life through various platforms ranging from social media to online gaming.
This presentation delves into the multifaceted aspects of discernment, examining the cognitive, emotional, and social factors contributing to effective information evaluation. It emphasises the role of education, media literacy, and critical thinking in enhancing individuals' ability to discern credible sources from dubious ones and proposes a strategy on how this can be cultivated.
Drawing from real-world examples and best practices, the presentation will offer insights into practical strategies for cultivating discernment capacities at both the individual and societal levels. This includes recommendations for schools, media organisations, and policymakers to foster an informed, vigilant citizenry.
The presentation underscores the urgency of developing discernment capacities as a collective defence against the challenges posed by disinformation. It emphasises that, in a time of unprecedented access to information, equipping citizens with the tools to navigate the complex landscape of information is not only a civic duty but an essential safeguard for the integrity of a nation.