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A conversation about social media movements, changing notions of citizenry, online deliberation and discourse.

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Does social media still unite us, especially in the midst of fierce divisions culturally and politically? This panel brings together three scholars, Dr Natalie Pang, Dr Carol Soon, and  Professor Ang Peng Hwa, in a conversation about social media movements, changing notions of citizenry, online deliberation and discourse.

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Dr Natalie Pang is Senior Lecturer at Communications and New Media Department, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as well as Principal Investigator at the Centre for Trusted Internet and Community, both at the National University of Singapore. Her research and teaching are in social media and digital citizenship, digital well-being and digital humanities.

Dr Carol Soon is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore, where she heads the Society and Culture Department. Her research interests are in false information, digital literacy and inclusion, media regulation, public engagement and deliberation. Carol is also Associate Director of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and Vice Chair of Singapore’s Media Literacy Council.

Professor Ang Peng Hwa is Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, where he had served as Dean and Chair. Currently, he is editor of the Asian Journal of Communication and author of Ordering Chaos: Regulating the Internet (Thomson, 2005), which argues that the internet can be, is being and should be regulated.

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This programme is inspired by How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division, a Read! Fest featured title.Borrow the title here.

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