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Friday, May 18 • 10:30 - 11:45
Youth: The Vanguardians of Information

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In light of the ongoing challenges to tackle disinformation in the age of technology, there is an undeniable need for young leaders to understand how to combat disinformation in their communities, as well as to learn from each other’s experiences.

The world is witnessing a surge of traditional and online media being used to manipulate political and civic sentiment, as well as voter behavior. Both traditional and citizen journalists are on the frontlines of the fight against the threats of disinformation as they attempt to deliver facts in an information world dominated by the 24-hours news cycle and a generation of youth heavily relying on social media for their information.

In this session, speakers will present their experiences in encountering the challenges of disinformation, and the different methods they utilize to continue to provide access to accurate information to citizens especially those living in closed or closing spaces where information is increasingly being manipulated by domestic and/or foreign influencers. The panel will also address the larger question of the role of youth in the fight against disinformation, and will engage the audience in identifying creative solutions for youth journalists and activists to utilize to promote a culture of transparency through their work.

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Dina Sadek

Media Advisor, International Republican Institute
Dina is a DC-based Media Advisor with 6 years’ experience in international development and democracy assistance work, specializing in programs focused on media, youth engagement, access to information and countering disinformation. Prior to joining IRI, Dina was a Cairo-based freelance... Read More →

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Abella Bateyunga

Founder, Tanzania Bora Initiative
Ms. Abella Bateyunga is a social entrepreneur with more than 13 years of experience engaging young men and women though Governance, media, ICT and innovation and the arts. She is a founder of Tanzania Bora Initiatives www.tanzaniabora.org, an initiative that engage and inspire... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 10:30 - 11:45 EDT