Information and democracy: Panel discussion on Taiwan's 2024 election and beyond

Elections

Information and democracy: Panel discussion on Taiwan's 2024 election and beyond

23 February 2024
15:00-18:00
Location

Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

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Taiwan has become a global focal point for electoral discussions, drawing attention due to its unique democratic landscape. Taiwan has had challenges around ensuring that information is reliable and can be trusted and it has been working towards addressing these challenges and improving its information environment. This in-person event will comprehensively examine these challenges and explore potential solutions.

 

Introduction

This in-person event is co-organised by the Taiwan Media Watch Foundation (TMWF) and the Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS, with support from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).

2024 is a record-breaking year, with more elections over the next 12 months than in any other year in history. In this crucial year, Taiwan has become a global focal point for electoral discussions, drawing attention due to its unique democratic landscape. Taiwan has had challenges around ensuring that information is reliable and can be trusted and it has been working towards addressing these challenges and improving its information environment.

To comprehensively examine these challenges and explore potential solutions, the first panel will provide insights from Taiwanese broadcasters, fact-checkers, and scholars, offering a nuanced perspective on the evolving dynamics of Taiwan's information environment. Moving to the second panel, experts will dissect the policies and institutions shaping Taiwan's future, specifically focusing on digital and information governance. Join us as we unravel the complexities of Taiwan's 2024 election, contemplating its broader implications for information and democracy in our interconnected world. 

Main Organisers

Taiwan Media Watch Foundation

Taiwan Media Watch Foundation (TMWF) is a not for profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organisation. It is committed to maintaining press freedom, carrying out media justice, promoting media self-regulation, and protecting the public's right to know. TMWF believes that having a healthy media system is the key to building and maintaining a democratic society.

TMWF watches and monitors the news media so that a sound, democratic society can be realised. Over the last 23 years, TMWF has worked together with other civic society organisations to engage with the news media in Taiwan. TMWF has also contributed more broadly towards maintaining a better and healthier media environment and society. You can find out more by visiting: https://www.mediawatch.org.tw/

Agenda

Time 

Topic 

Panelist 

15:00-15:40 

Panel 1: Political information & factchecking during the 2024 election in Taiwan 

  • Ms. Eve Chiu, Chief Executive/ Director of Taiwan FactCheck Center  

  • Ms. Chao-Hui Huang, Chief Content Officer of Taiwan AI Labs  

  • Dr Dafydd Fell, Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS

15:40-16:00 

Q&A 

 

16:00-16:40 

Panel 2: Information environment governance, regulations & legal framework, and the future 

  • Dr Chen-Ling Hung, Professor and Director of the Graduate Institute of Journalism, National Taiwan University 

  • Ms. Eva Teng, CEO of Taiwan Media Watch Foundation 

  • Mr. Peter Knowles, former senior executive at BBC News

16:40-17:00 

Q&A 

 

17:00-18:00 

Free discussion & networking