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Thursday, November 23

09:15 SAST

Disinformation online: fakes, lies, bots and bullies
The irony of the Information Age is that it has created more channels for disinformation than ever before. Hostile actors have a huge range of options to draw on as they look for ways to spread instability, deception and influence. Governments can use official statements, state-run media, unofficial websites, subservient “experts”, deniable internet trolls and massive botnets to spread their messages. How do they fit together, how do they work, and how can they be exposed?

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Ben Nimmo

Ben Nimmo analyses disinformation, fake news, bots and online influence campaigns for the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council think-tank, based in Washington, DC. He is a former travel writer and wire journalist, and from 2011-14 he worked as a press officer at NATO... Read More →

Thursday November 23, 2017 09:15 - 09:40 SAST
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09:40 SAST

Zero to 2.6 million in 1 year: building sticky video content
Viral videographer Nas Daily (Nuseir Yassin) quit his job at Venmo a year ago.  Since then, he's garnered over 2.6 million followers on Facebook, and turned 1 minute videos into a thriving business. 

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Nas Daily

Nas Daily
Nas (Nuseir Yassin) makes daily one-minute videos about himself and others. His website currently lists over 700 videos, and he is followed by more than two million people on Facebook.

Thursday November 23, 2017 09:40 - 10:05 SAST
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Friday, November 24

09:15 SAST

Civil defence systems for the Information Infrastructure Crisis
Disinformation, demagogic attacks on the press, and the crisis of trust in institutions represent a threat to the informational foundation of democracy. Emerging practices in journalism, human rights, and technology offer resources for shoring it up.

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Nic Dawes

Human Rights Watch
Nic is Deputy Executive Director for Media at Human Rights Watch. He was previously Chief Content Officer at India’s Hindustan Times, and Editor-in-Chief at South Africa’s leading political and investigative newspaper, the Mail & Guardian. He is the recipient of Sikuvile, Mondi... Read More →

Friday November 24, 2017 09:15 - 09:40 SAST
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10:15 SAST

WikiTRIBUNE: community-centred journalism
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales describes WikiTribune as: "an entirely new kind of news service in which the trusted users of the site – the community members – are treated as equal to the staff of the site. As with any true wiki, you can jump in and get involved at the highest levels, doing as much or as little as you like to help. As with any successful wiki, there will be detailed discussions and debates by the community to set policy on all the matters necessary to build a news service." WikiTribune editor Peter Bale will talk us through the strategy and objectives of this brand new news service.

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Peter Bale

Peter is the first editor of Wikitribune. He previously served as director of the Center for Public Integrity between 2014 and 2016, after a long career in journalism.

Friday November 24, 2017 10:15 - 10:40 SAST
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