Mapping the present, predicting the future Peaceful Coexistence in the Digital Space

The International Conference on Media and Crises (ICMC) is a landmark academic initiative by the Government of Pakistan to highlight the role of communications in conflicts and violence regionally and globally. The conference, held annually since 2019, features national and internationally renowned academic scholars, senior journalists, government officials, communication experts and crisis specialists.

The International Conference on Media and Conflict (ICMC) is a landmark academic initiative by the Government of Pakistan to highlight the role of communications in conflicts and violence regionally and globally. The conference, held annually since 2019, features national and internationally renowned academic scholars, senior journalists, government officials, communication experts and counter extremism specialists.

The conference showcases the latest research on media discourse on extremism, terrorism and violence from key global hotspots, and also assesses how conflict communications and strategies can be institutionalized for public policy, civil society and media platforms.  

ICMC 2020 showcased scholars and researchers from all over the world who shared their research and knowledge on how to combat online hate speech and extremism, and also witnessed the work Pakistan has done in this field for building peace online.

ICMC features national and internationally renowned academic scholars, senior journalists, fact checkers and disinformation experts, government officials, communication experts and counter extremism specialists.

The digital space has brought forth new challenges that few could have predicted. The nature of interconnectivity and discourse has become transnational, resulting in the spread of ideas and information exponentially on a global scale. This has created new economies, but also new societies, which may sow the seeds for potential polarization and vulnerabilities. As governments, social media platforms, and civil society struggle to cope with these challenges, it is imperative to conduct and share research to help identify key areas of intervention, develop strategies to tackle them, and assess any present and future trends for timely action.

There is a need to use the digital space to foster peace, enable harmony and sustain positivity for all. This is not an issue limited to Pakistan alone, but rather the entire world, which necessitates the need for global perspectives and international practices and knowledge frontiers to be shared and deliberated upon.

ICMC 2021 Theme

Tackling the Infodemic: The Role of Communications in the COVID-19 Crisis

While the Coronavirus is a health crisis first and foremost, it is also important to note that it has been a major communications challenge, also referred to as an ‘infodemic’. As governments and the public alike struggled to understand the virus and the measures needed to be taken, a lot of information and misinformation was seen on issues ranging from awareness of the symptoms, to education on treatments and prevention, and guidelines for people living in their homes, and businesses on tackling this emergency. In this regard, a number of key institutions and organisations have played critical roles in the communication sphere, by informing the public through formal and social media, providing clarity on the complexity of the virus, and helping dispel falsehoods and conspiracy theories existing in the public discourse. These institutes range from government agencies, to media organisations, health practitioners, civil society groups and even private businesses through Corporate Social Responsibility. It can well be argued that the efforts of these actors have saved millions of lives by helping to sensitise and simplify factual information on the pandemic, and counter false or misleading information that could have proved lethal. ICMC 2021 will showcase the efforts of these initiatives, highlighting their strategies and successes, providing insights into how current efforts can bolstered and, what lessons can be applied to future efforts.

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ICMC 2021 Sub-themes

Driving Behavioral Change Based Content on COVID Crisis Assessment of initiatives that have educated the public on the pandemic and its mitigation. Special focus will be paid to projects and institutes in the Civil Society and Public sector, how they targeted vulnerable audiences, and their overall impact.

Impact of COVID on Social Cohesion

The pandemic has had repercussive effects on communities, particularly vulnerable groups. Attention will be drawn to the impact of the crisis on social cohesion within and between communities, and the efforts of various organisations to tackle these challenges.

Research and Intervention Design for Coronavirus Awareness

Researchers, as individuals and as institutes, have been valuable in helping understand what misconceptions lie in the public’s understanding of the pandemic. This session will focus on the findings of research studies on the pandemic and how they have contributed towards our comprehension of the public’s view.

Mainstream media and COVID Sensitization

This theme will focus on the mainstream media’s efforts following the virus, with particular emphasis on health coverage and awareness campaigns of media organisations and how they helped to inform the public on the pandemic. Attention will be drawn to large media organisations and their work on the crisis.

Social Media and the COVID Crisis

Social media has been a major actor in informing and misinforming the public on the crisis. The spread of disinformation on the crisis, including conspiracy theories, false cures and divisive rhetoric, ran rife on online platforms. In this regard, organisations have been dedicated to online discourse, by verifying falsehoods and providing factual information on the crisis. Focus will be paid to actors and agencies that played instrumental roles in the online space through fact checking/debunking and verification.

Public Sector and COVID Response

This theme will showcase success stories from government institutes, particularly the Ministry of Health, governmental projects, and the National Command Operation Center, on the communications front of the pandemic.

Private Sector, CSR and COVID Awareness

Private for-profit organisations, particularly in the corporate sector, generated several communications initiatives for public awareness on COVID, through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts. This theme will aim to look at successful case studies in this area.

PAST EVENT SPEAKERS

DR. ARIF ALVI

President-
Islamic Republic of Pakistan

MR. FAWAD CHAUDHRY

Federal Minister for Science and Technology -
Islamic Republic of Pakistan

MR. SHAFQAT MAHMOOD

Federal Education Minister-
Islamic Republic of Pakistan

MR. SHEHRYAR AFRIDI

Minister of State for States and Frontier Regions -
Islamic Republic of Pakistan

DR. JOHAN GALTUNG

Norwegian sociologist-
International Peace Research Institute

DR. GRAHAM MURDOCK

Professor of Culture and Economy -
University of Loughborough, UK

DR. RUNE OTTOSEN

Professor -
Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

DR. ELISABETH EIDE

Director JMIC-
Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

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