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Do social media threaten democracy? – Scandal, outrage and politics

Listers

An interesting article from the economist.

Facebook, Google and Twitter were supposed to save politics as good information drove out prejudice and falsehood. Something has gone very wrong

Read on:-

www.economist.com/news/leaders/21730871-facebook-google-and-twitter-were-supposed-save-politics-good-information-drove-out

What are your thoughts from a local perspective?

After one of the most highly contentious electioneering periods in Kenya’s history some hard questions need to be asked.

1. Is Ezekiel Mutua after all a visionary in his assertions about Social Media?
2. Have we allowed ourselves to be further divided by these platforms instead of using them to bring us closer together?
3, Have we allowed politicians and other influencers to literally take our freedoms to do what’s right?
4, Shouldn’t the whole world – State and Non-State Players – have taken Internet Governance (especially the Third Party Liability conversation) more seriously?
5. Is it too late to redeem ourselves?

These and more are important issues to ponder.

Regards

Ali Hussein
Principal
Hussein & Associates
+254 0713 601113

Twitter: @AliHKassim
Skype: abu-jomo
LinkedIn: ke.linkedin.com/in/alihkassim

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

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