Kenya political violence highlights urgent need to fight fake news

Catherine Gicheru | Truth is always a casualty during any campaign season and it was no different during Kenya’s recent presidential elections. A week before the August 8 vote, Facebook launched a highly publicized campaign meant to educate Kenya’s estimated 6.1 million Facebook users on identifying fake news. The campaign included print and radio advertisements, while Kenyan users who…

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How journalists can detect electronic surveillance

Jorge Luis Sierra | Journalists who work in authoritarian environments tend to be under electronic surveillance. Sometimes the surveillance is being conducted at a mass scale, rather than directed at a specific target, and is intended to track what journalists in general are doing and what stories they are investigating. Other times, it is targeted…

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