The amount of fake news we see online seems to be increasing daily, and it is always not that obvious to spot the fake news, meaning a lot of people online still believe what they read and take it in as real news while it may be untruthful.
Fake news is a global problem, all the countries are suffering from this, we have had our fair share locally of false information that has been shared on social media, which has the potential of causing so much harm, to individuals, organization,s and the nation at large. Our main aim today is to have a discussion about fake news, how do we tackle this as a country, what are those fact-checking 101 skills and social media verification tactics we can do, and to also discuss the impacts and legal implications fake news may have.
Miss Mamoqenelo Morolong
‘Mamoqenelo is a Master of computer science graduate from the Namibia University of Science and Technology(NUST), where she specialized in forensic computing ( Computer Forensics) and Cyber Security. She has participated in several workshops organized by ISOC Namibia Chapter on disinformation, misinformation, fake news, and propaganda. She has facilitated the privacy, trust, and security workshop for the 2019 Namibia Internet Governance Forum (NamIGF). She is also an active member of the NUST digital forensics and cybersecurity research cluster as well as the NUST cybersecurity team member. She is the 2019 African Union Youth Volunteer Corp serving at SAFGRAD African Union in Ouagadougou.’
Mr. Clifford Molefe
‘Retired Superintendent from Lesotho Mounted Police Service – 31 years of service in the LMPS.
A former LMPS Public Relations Officer I am a journalist – former chief editor of Lesedi ka Sepolesa a police newspaper which dealt mostly with crime prevention strategies, creating awareness about crime hotspots etc A freelance journalist. Media activist and a Member of MISA – Lesotho Chapter’