Event: Think before you post – Hacks Hackers, Article 19, Kictanet

Topic: Think Before You Post!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 6 – 8 pm
Venue: Nairobi Garage, Ngong Road, Piedmont Plaza, 4th Floor

Guest speakers:
Henry Maina – Article 19
Grace Githaiga – Kictanet

Today, many people can easily access the internet either on their cellphones, through free Wi-Fi at educational institutions or workplaces.  The thousands of cyber-cafes that have come up in most urban and some rural areas have also increased internet access.

Access to digital media technologies  means that everyone can now become a publisher (blog) can create and distribute radio (podcast) and TV (video) far and wide especially through social media platforms.  But how many people think of the risks they face when they click that button to share some interesting content they have come across or have created?

There have been reports in the media of people being arrested because of what they post online and others have lost their jobs as a result of statements made online.  When journalists publish online, they are bound by their code of ethics.  What issues should other netizens take into consideration before posting information online?

Our guests for the February session of Hacks/Hackers Nairobi #HHNBO will help us address the following questions:

1.       What ethical considerations do I need to make before posting online?

2.      What are the legal ramifications of what I post online?

3.      Do my posts pose a risk to my personal security?

In addition, Code for Africa will showcase tools to track deleted tweets.

Guest speakers:
Henry Maina – Article 19
Grace Githaiga – Kictanet

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Event: Fake News for Kenya

#HHNBO: Fake News & the Media & What Tools Exist to Help You Identify Fake News?
@ Nairobi Garage, Piedmont Plaza, 4th Floor, Ngong Rd (near Junction & Kenya Science)
Date: 24 Jan 2017
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Organized by Hacks Hackers Nairobi, Code for Africa.
[Also a cool space to check out if anyone hasn’t been there.]

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?

As we ponder about this in the context of the upcoming general elections, it will be useful to reflect on fake news items that we have seen in our context in the recent past and how the media responded to it.

Our panelists 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).

Our guests will be drawn from the media and tech community. If you don’t want to experience FOMO, sign up here and invite a friend to do so too.

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