CONCEPT NOTE FOR UPCOMING WEBINAR! ‘FAKE NEWS; WHOSE PROBLEM IS IT?’
You are invited to a webinar by AFRICAN FACTS CHECKERS.
Themed: ‘FAKE NEWS; WHOSE PROBLEM IS IT?’
Date: Friday, Oct 2, 2020 12:00 PM West Central Africa Time
Goals of the Webinar:
- To expose participants to the meaning, dimensions and consequences of fake news.
- To enlighten participants on the new and expanding frontiers of fake news.
- To provide insights on collective responsibility in the fight against fake news: fighting fake news is everybody’s business.
- To provide insights on fact checking and its implications for the present and the future.
- To devise a collective framework for dealing with fake news.
- To devise strategies for nipping fake news in the bud.
Benefits of Attending:
- Gain appreciable and firsthand knowledge of fake news, its implications and consequences.
- Appreciate the nature and myriad dimensions of fake news.
- Be armed with the tools of fact checking and scrutiny.
- Understand the basis for collective responsibility in dealing with fake news.
- Be armed with the tools for preventing the spread of fake news.
Register in advance for this webinar:
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CONCEPT NOTE FOR THE WEBINAR:
‘FAKE NEWS; WHOSE PROBLEM IS IT?’
Misinformation also known as ‘Fake News” is gradually gaining much popularity and amplifying the threats facing humanity regardless of one’s location. The dissemination of misinformation can powerfully impact people’s actions and change the value of the interventions employed by governments and other stakeholders. Although some of the influx of these falsehoods may be harmless, others might pose a serious threat by misleading the general population to depend on unjustified and/unsubstantiated claims.
Given that misinformation moves rapidly and more widely through different channels, the effective strategy against heightening public fear on misconstructions is the provision of accurate information that conveys consistent narratives. There are narratives in the Global North that the evolution and manifestation “fake news” has been closely linked with the rise of populist politics, digital capitalism, and the transformation of the public sphere and structural weaknesses of liberal and mainstream media. What then are the drivers of this scourge in Africa? Whose problem is it really?
This webinar will attempt to provide a clear understanding of misinformation, the inherent implications this poses to Africans and highlights the potential strategies to curb this trend.
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