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Tuesday, May 17 • 14:00 - 14:45
Countering Dangerous Misinformation using ICTs LIMITED

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Misinformation is a severe problem that poses challenges to peace, security, economic development, governance, and public health all around the world. One major problem that is arising from misinformation is a series of violence such as terror attacks, election violence and inter-communal violence. This presentation will highlight the process of choosing the right technology to handle misinformation, best practices of misinformation management and the main findings from Una Hakika a misinformation management system that was implemented after the Tana Delta conflict.
During 2012 and 2013 violence took place in the Tana Delta, killing an estimated 170 people. Research by the Sentinel team found out that misinformation was one of the drivers of the violence and to curb this , Una Hakika , which uses technology to counter misinformation was implemented. Results from a survey showed that basic mobile phone penetration stood at 83%, making SMS the appropriate technological tool to manage misinformation.
One finding from the study shows that 71% of the respondents believed that misinformation contributed to violence. One crucial lessons learnt is that misinformation management systems cannot be imposed from above, they need to be implemented bottom up and incorporate the communities involved.
The Una Hakika team has developed workflows, best practices, and software which civil societies and policy makers can apply not only in an insecure country context but in any other context.

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Christine Mutisya

Project Coordinator, Sentinel Project
Christine Mutisya is a peacebuilding practioner. She currently works as the Una Hakika Project Coordinator an initiative by the Sentinel Project. Her areas of expertise include project management, misinformation management and community development. She has first hand field experience... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:00 - 14:45 EAT
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