Fact checking - Sri Lankan experience

Part 1 - Lead Organizer


Contact Person

Rasika Niroshan Dayarathna

Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate)

ISOC - Sri Lankan Chapter


Vice president



Economy of Residence

Sri Lanka

Primary Stakeholder Group



Part 2 - Session Proposal

Your proposal is for

Capacity Building Day (Prep Day)

Session Title

Fact checking - Sri Lankan experience



Session Format

Fireside Chat

Where do you plan to organize your session?

Virtual / online

Specific Issues for Discussion

We initiated a project where the community is empowered to identify accurate facts related to health and nutrition. During the project, we faced many unexpected issues including diverse opinions expressed by health care professionals and separating scientifically validated facts from politically corrected facts, how the people take the message. After the project, we realized that this is not a simple but a very complex issue. Therefore, the long-term solution is to empower the youth. This can't be done by school teachers and others since they have already trapped into believing the false information. In this session, we would like to share our experience and also would like to learn from others. Based on the feedback, we would like to develop lessons for school children.

Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF

In short, the information accessed through the Internet must be reliable. Otherwise, people would not trust the Internet and also unpredictable harm would cause due to misleading and false information. Therefore, it is our duty to make sure that the information disseminated through the Internet is reliable. Building a trusted Internet is one of the priorities of APrIGF.

Methodology / Agenda

We will have a moderator and present our findings. We invite the audience to share their experiences. We will discuss where these are matching and mismatching. We will discuss the reasons for mismatching. Then, the discussion will be diverted to the possible solutions.

Please provide 3 subject matter tags that best describe your session.

Misinformation, Fake news, Public health


Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)

Name Designation Organization Economy of Residence Stakeholder Group Gender Status of Confirmation
Moderator (Primary) Lasith Gunawardhana Member IOSC- Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Academia Male Confirmed
Moderator (Back-up)
Speaker 1 Rasika Dayarathna Vice president ISOC- Sri Lanka Sir Lanka Civil Society Male Confirmed
Speaker 2 Prabath Samarasinghe Member ISOC- Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Civil Society Male Invited


Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.

The proposal was drafted by three of us and Lasith and Rasika carried out the project. So, we can share our experiences.