Against trolls & rumours: targeting disinformation in Africa (the Kenyan election process)
A panel discussion on civic tech projects that aim to counter disinformation in Africa, particularly in the Kenyan election process.
How does false information that is deliberately (and often covertly) spread influence public opinion and affect democratic processes? What’s the relationship between disinformation and elections? What’s the role of civic tech in this fight?
There are several civic tech efforts battling fake news worldwide, especially from civil society organizations. Many of those efforts are guided towards providing skills and knowledge directly to the community to recognize fake news and disinformation themselves. Social media platforms make it easy for disinformation and rumours to be spread, so the question is how can we leverage the power people and organizations have when it comes to identifying and tackling fake news?
Led by Christopher Tuckwood of The Sentinel Project, Allan Cheboi of Code for Africa and Kaleigh Schwalbe of the National Democratic Institute, this panel will explore different civic tech projects that aim to counter disinformation in Africa, particularly in the Kenyan election process, showcasing the potential harm and even violence disinformation can incite, but also how citizen collaboration and participation can be achieved to generate peacebuilding processes.