Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS), in collaboration with the US Embassy (Public Diplomacy Section), hosted its first quarterly workshop titled, 'Building Awareness Against Disinformation Among Youth' at the Rajshahi American Corner, Varendra University. The workshop was attended by various university and college students of Rajshahi.
The workshop discussed how information technology is advancing in leaps and bounds and how the dangers of disinformation, misinformation and fake news loom large. The youth must be aware of these dangers and prepare themselves accordingly.
Furthermore, the young generation needs to understand what information they share with the masses. Any sort of malinformation or fake news can bring them under the regulations of the Digital Security Act (DSA) 2018, it was said at the workshop.
Lamia Rahman Tammi, Event and Social Media Coordinator, BIPSS, spoke on the topic of 'A World of Disinformation: Understanding and Analysing the Threat of Disinformation'. She highlighted the understanding of disinformation with multiple examples and how such disinformation leads to devastating outcomes.
Asheer Shah Md, Research Associate, BIPSS, discussed the topic 'Countering Disinformation and Building Up Societal Resilience'. He emphasised the importance and vitality of understanding disinformation and how to counter such misinformation in society. He also portrayed the legal aspects associated with the spread of disinformation.
University and college students participated and shared their experiences during the workshop. The sessions were very interactive with insights from all the students. The students also participated in an interview session with Lamia Rahman, in which the student overview all the learnings of the workshop.