TTIGF 2020: Panel Sessions

Based on the community’s responses to the Call for Topics, these topics listed will be discussed at the TTIGF 2020. This section will be updated as more information becomes available.

Panel Session – Fake News & its impact on You

The Internet, particularly social media, has changed the way we communicate. While it has made information more accessible to users, it has amplified the spread of misinformation. There have been several cases of “fake news” being circulated within Trinidad and Tobago and with general elections approaching, it is anticipated that this will only continue. The accessibility of information on social media gives it a democratising power which arguably contributes to the declining trust in traditional media. However, it can also be argued that a significant amount of information online is not factual as most fake news is spread through social media which as a result, erodes the credibility of the Internet. 

According to a Transparency International Report, 56% of persons surveyed from 18 countries in LAC, including Trinidad and Tobago think that fake news is often spread around elections. Politicians and business have recognised the strategic value of using social media to target voters, and this is done without any regulatory frameworks or laws to govern modern elections. Businesses such as SCL and Cambridge Analytica have exploited this freedom. 

For the purposes of this session, discussions will focus on the following:

  • How fake news can lead to defamation of character and amplify online bullying?
  • Should checks and balances be built into legislation to protect the freedom of expression?
  • Can fake news regulations be successful in curbing misinformation without threatening the rights and safety of journalists?
  • Should electoral laws be amended to reflect new technologies and the digital age?

Panel session – Data hosting: locally or internationally?

As data becomes the currency of modern economies, a growing number of governments are enacting regulations and/or legislation that make it prohibitive to store data at locations of your own choice. Some Governments believe that privacy and cybersecurity concerns are easier to address depending on your data storage locations. 

This panel will discuss the pros and cons of storing data locally, offshore or using a hybrid model. Can we ensure privacy, security, compliance and cost concerns are adequately addressed based on the chosen hosting model?