Freedom Online Coalition – Joint Statement on Spread of Disinformation Online

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On Wed, Feb 17, 2021 at 12:30 PM Badru Ntege via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Fully agree. The ethical and Moral standard in information dissemination
> has been fully diluted. We cannot only focus on state actors as non state
> actors are equally as lethal since all one needs is a keyboard and an
> internet connection.
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> The challenge moves beyond “joint statements” to finding a balanced
> solution. Targeting state actors empowers none state actors to abuse the
> void and we end up with the state looking for draconian responses. And we
> all know what that ends up as.
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> Regards
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> Badru
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> *From: *kictanet > nftconsult.com@lists.kictanet.or.ke> on behalf of Ali Hussein via
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> *Reply to: *KICTAnet ICT Policy Discussions <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke
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> *Date: *Tuesday, 16 February 2021 at 18:38
> *To: *Badru Ntege <badru.ntege@nftconsult.com>
> *Cc: *Ali Hussein <ali@hussein.me.ke>
> *Subject: *Re: [kictanet] Freedom Online Coalition – Joint Statement on
> Spread of Disinformation Online
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> I wouldn’t hold my breath. Propaganda has been part and parcel of
> political tools to coerce and convince since before the Roman Empire. Today
> it’s more lethal because it has been weaponized as a tool of Mass
> Destruction through digital platforms. Sad but it is the times we live.
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> Having said that we must create an online repository of tools to fight
> this menace. One way is educating the masses on how to detect fake news.
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> Regards
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> *Ali Hussein*
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> Digital Transformation
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> Tel: +254 713 601113
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> Twitter: @AliHKassim
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> Skype: abu-jomo
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> LinkedIn: ke.linkedin.com/in/alihkassim
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> Any information of a personal nature expressed in this email are purely
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> On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 6:06 PM Victor Kapiyo via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
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> In its “Joint Statement on Spread of Disinformation Online”, the Freedom
> Online Coalition (FOC) expresses deep concern about the growing scope and
> sophistication of disinformation, which has been employed by state and
> non-state actors with political, ideological, commercial or other motives.
>
> To address this trend, the FOC calls upon governments to refrain from
> conducting and sponsoring disinformation campaigns, and urges all
> stakeholders to take active steps to address the issue in a manner that
> respects human rights, democracy and the rule of law, including
> acknowledging, in particular the specific targeting of and impact on women
> and persons belonging to minorities.
>
> The development of this statement was led by the governments of Finland
> and the United Kingdom with input from other Coalition member states and
> the multi-stakeholder FOC Advisory Network.
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> You can read the statement here
> <freedomonlinecoalition.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/FOC-Joint-Statement-on-Spread-of-Disinformation-Online.pdf>
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> *Victor Kapiyo*
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