#3 “Who Can We Trust?” with Kate Wilkinson & Chris Roper


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In this episode of Digital Discourse ZA, Kate Wilkinson and Chris Roper discuss the “fake news” phenomenon and how it relates to South Africa: What are their respective organisations’ roles in combatting it? Who are the biggest culprits? What is the difference between misinformation and disinformation? Why is Kate reluctant to use the term “fake news”? Kate and Chris also share some useful tips for what the public can do to spot false information online.


Kate Wilkinson is acting deputy chief editor at Africa Check, the continent's leading fact-checking website. Her main research areas include education, immigration, crime and viral social media hoaxes. She is currently leading the organisation's 2018 election fact-checking work in South Africa. You can follow her on Twitter at @kateomega

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kateomega

Africa Check: https://africacheck.org


Chris Roper is chief engagement strategist and deputy CEO for the continent’s largest federation of civic technology and data journalism labs, Code for Africa (CfA). He also serves as director for CfA’s forensic data initiative, the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR). Prior to joining CfA, Chris was editor-in-chief at the Mail & Guardian as well as Africa’s largest online publisher, 24.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @ChrisRoper.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisRoper

CfA: https://codeforafrica.org/

ANCIR: https://investigativecenters.org/


Relevant links:

GUIDE: How to verify images on your smartphone


GUIDE: How to spot fakes & hoaxes online



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