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HKICPA ForensIG webinar - Addressing the issue of “fake news” (10 Mar 2021)

20 Feb 2021 12:05 PM | Anonymous

From the chaos following the recent U.S. election to false information about COVID-19 vaccinations, there seems to be an increasing proliferation of “fake news”, particularly on social media. At its worst, the impact can be very damaging, e.g., undermining efforts to combat the pandemic, causing market volatility, deepening divisions in society and even, it would seem, inciting violence.

In this webinar, our speaker, Professor Keith B Richburg of HKU and formerly an award- winning journalist with The Washington Post, will cover:

  • Defining “fake news”. Is it a new phenomenon or is it just more pervasive?
  • What are the common themes of fake news?
  • Is the spread of misinformation just a social media problem?
  • Differentiating fact from fiction, half-truths and opinion. 
  • How to address the spread of fake news? Should it be policed?
  • Responsibilities of different parties – governments, the media, the reader?
  • Is there a role for forensic investigators?


Wednesday, 10 March 2021


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 


Professor Keith B. Richburg

Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre and Professor of Practice, The University of Hong Kong




Betsy Liang (betsyliang@hkicpa.org.hk);
Ki Wong (

Enrolment deadline:

Online enrolment by 7 March 2021
(offline enrolment by 4 March 2021)

After successful registration, the meeting URL and login password will be provided nearer the event date.

Please see the event webpage for further details and registration.

ACFE members can enjoy discounted rate.

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