Forum to discuss Fake News and Media ahead of Kenya’s general elections

During the recent Presidential Elections in US, many people who rely on online platforms for information experienced the phenomenon of Fake News, and its subsequent results, which were in most cases not positive.

It’s in view of this, and perhaps because Kenya is also set to hold its General Election in August this year, that HacksHackersNairobi (#HHNBO) has organised a forum to discuss the issue.

(TOP: Screenshot of an example of a fake news website – The Mingle).

The session, to be held under the theme: “Fake News & the Media & What Tools Exist to Help You Identify Fake News?” will be held tomorrow at Nairobi Garage.

Below are the event details:

Venue:  Nairobi Garage, Piedmont Plaza, 4th Floor, Ngong Road.

Date: January 24, 2017

Time: 6 – 8 pm

Among the issues to be discussed are

  • What role, if any, does fake news and misinformation play in our elections? After the conclusion of the US elections last year, there have been many debates on whether fake news influenced the outcome of the vote.
  • As Kenyans prepare for the General Elections later this year, it is important to have journalists, techies, citizens (netizens) reflect on the issue of fake news.  Some of the issues we need to think about include:

1. What are the risks posed by fake news in Kenya today?

2. How can citizens/journalists identify fake news items? How can journalists ensure they do not disseminate fake news?

3. How can internet users identify and flag fake news items? Do social media service providers have a responsibility to their users to flag and pull fake news items?

The session’s panelists, rawn from the media and tech community, are:

Joseph Odindo –           Editorial  Director, Standard Group

Peter Mwaura –              Public Editor, Nation Media Group

Rose Lukalo-Owino –  Programme manager, Media Policy Research Centre

Nanjira Sambuli –        Digital Equality Advocacy manager, Worldwide Web Foundation. (Moderator).

To attend the event, register here and invite a friend to do so too.

According to Wikipedia, Fake news websites (or hoax news) deliberately publish hoaxes, propaganda, and disinformation — using social media to drive web traffic and amplify their effect. “Unlike news satire, fake news websites seek to mislead, rather than entertain, readers for financial, political, or other gain. Such sites have promoted political falsehoods in Germany, Indonesia and the Philippines, Sweden, Myanmar, and the United States. Many sites originate, or are promoted, from Russia, Macedonia, Romania, and the U.S…” states Wikipedia.

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