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The New(s) Gatekeepers: Social Media’s Impact on Journalism in Developing Countries

Photo by Jason Howie, CC BY 2.0

This event is co-organized by Indiana University’s Ethics, Values and Technology: Developing Character for a Digital World series.

Tuesday, April 13
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT

Speakers:

Aric Toler, Training Director, Bellingcat
Dragana Obradović, Director, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Serbia
Noah Arjomand, Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Scholar in Global Media, Development and Democracy, CIMA
Simon Allison, Editor, Mail and Guardian
Julie Owono, Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontières and Facebook Oversight Board Member

Moderator:
Daniel O’Maley, Deputy Editor and Digital Policy Specialist, CIMA

Over the past decade, social media have come to play an important role in the production, dissemination, and consumption of news.  At a time when social media face growing criticism for contributing to political polarization and the spread of misinformation around the world, these platforms continue to be an important tool for news production and consumption, especially in countries with weak enabling environments for independent media.

On Tuesday, April 13, CIMA will host an engaging online discussion in partnership with Indiana University’s Ethics, Values, and Technology: developing character for a digital world series. How has the increased dependency on social media and growing power of platforms transformed news ecosystems in developing countries? How has it changed the production, dissemination, and consumption of independent news? What are the benefits and potential pitfalls of these transformations for both media development as well as democracy more broadly?

To RSVP and receive call in details, please register here by Monday, April 12