The Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation is a nationwide network, now on its third year, of journalists, academics, bloggers, and civil society representatives in the Philippines, supported by the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle Philippines, Holy Angel University, and the University of the Philippines. It has four university-based hubs: Holy Angel in Angeles City, Ateneo de Manila in Quezon City, University of the Philippines Visayas in Iloilo City, and Mindanao State University in Marawi City.
The network includes members from ABS-CBN, Al-Jazeera, GMA Network, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, Vera Files; the Department of Journalism of the UP College of Mass Communication, the De La Salle University Communication Department, the Ateneo de Manila Department of Communication, and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication; BlogWatch, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, Citizen Safe, the Foundation for Media Alternatives, Democracy.net.ph, and Pagbabago@Pilipinas. Its partners come from the Phinma universities in Cebu, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro; Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro; Bicol State University in Legazpi; the University of the Philippines in Baguio and Cebu; and Ateneo de Davao University.
The network has organized two national and nine regional conferences reaching some 2,000 participants, and conducted a similar number of fact-checking workshops; it has worked with media organizations to produce special initiatives in journalism (including a DIY fact-checking manual and six counter-disinformation videos); it has commissioned academic scholars to conduct two major and six smaller research studies on disinformation.
To date in 2020, it has organized one national and two international forums online: On the Anti-Terrorism Bill, on Facebook’s Oversight Board, and on The Trial of Maria Ressa et al, with a combined audience of almost 1,000 participants.