India and other South-Asian countries have made multiple advancements in the technology sector to adapt to digital lifestyles. In recent years, there has been a disturbing trend towards mass surveillance by government agencies, the invasion of privacy, and acts to curb free speech online accompanied by massive spread of misinformation and fake news. The Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) organized the first Digital Citizen Summit on the 11th November 2016 to address some of these issues. The key objective of the summit was to generate actionable policy-based recommendations and lay down steps to promote human rights online. Taking this initiative forward, DEF will be organizing the fourth Digital Citizen Summit in November 2019 in New Delhi.
We invite scholars, researchers, academics, civil society organisations, and government representatives to engage by presenting papers, participating in sessions, conducting workshops and demonstrations, and attending the summit. We hope to make this a truly multilateral summit by inviting all stakeholder groups to participate. The objective of DCS 2019 is to do a deep-dive on the issue of fake news and misinformation. Given the wave of violence unleashed by proliferating practices of misinformation on social media platforms, the theme of this year’s Summit seeks to explore the online information landscape of misinformation and disinformation. We hope to explore the complex strands of policy, practice and social reality in order to understand legal and social challenges for developing effective regulation of social media.