The social media in Nigeria is suffused with hate speech, fake news and fake images which have the potential to turn the tension in the county to violent confrontation. These genres of dangerous speech are increasing as we approach the 2019 general elections. Politicians with their reckless drive for votes tend to deploy hate speech. Ironically hate speech, rather than bring the votes, will only bring violence, death and destruction. This is why it is critical that we get as many people to join the campaign against hate and dangerous speech.
There are simple tools on the social media that people can use to neutralize, counter or otherwise provide a counter narrative to hate and dangerous speech in the social media. Recently an executive of Facebook remarked that in spite of the large volume of hate speech in the social media emanating from Nigeria, there is comparatively low reporting to Facebook about hate speech content from Nigeria than other African countries.
Part of the explanation for this low reporting is the low awareness about the availability of these reporting tools. There is therefore the need to simultaneously raise awareness about these tools and build the capacity of young people to engage the tools to combat hate and dangerous speech in the social media. It is in for purpose that the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) with support from the MacArthur Foundation is organizing a series of 2-day capacity building Workshop on Using Technology to Combat Hate Speech. The workshop with take place in three locations namely Kaduna for North West, Gombe for North East and Minna for North Central.
This is an invitation for interested students to apply for the workshop
Conditions for participation
- A person must be a student from any institution of higher learning in his or her zone
- The person must have active social media handles such as Facebook, twitter, etc.
- The person must be btween18-30 years old
- Participant will make an undertaken that she/he will step down the training to at least 20 other youth
Pitch for Support
During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to pitch a micro campaign idea they have on using technology to combat hate speech. The best ideas will be supported with a micro grant to cover their running cost for a period of not less than three months for the campaign.
Method of Application
Method of Application
Interested students should fill and submit the application form below or submit their application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application must be submitted on or before 9th April, 2018. Selected candidates will be informed by 13th April along with details about the dates and logistics of the workshops.