Faux Information Travels Sooner on Social Media, NITDA DG, Kashifu laments

NITDA DG Kashifu Inuwa receives communique after the workshop on digital journalism at the PRNigeria Center Kano
NITDA DG, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa receives ICT Personality of the Year from the Network of Advocates for Digital Reporting at PRNigeria Center KanoNITDA DG, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa receives ICT Personality of the Year from the Network of Advocates for Digital Reporting at PRNigeria Center Kano

Fake news travels faster on social media, NITDA DG, Kashifu complained
… says that Nigeria is committed to achieving 95% digital literacy by 2030

The director general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, has complained that fake news spreads faster than fact stories on social media and thus threatens journalism.

The NITDA boss announced this on Friday at the recently concluded digital journalism workshop for journalists in Kano.

NITDA DG, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa with participants in the Digital Journalism Workshop in the PRNigeria Center KanoNITDA DG, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa with participants in the Digital Journalism Workshop in the PRNigeria Center Kano

The workshop on “Digital Journalism, Media Ethics and Responsible Reporting” was jointly organized by Image Merchants Promotion Limited, the publishers of PRNigeria and the Penlight Center for Investigative Reporting with the support of NITDA

“Today, thanks to the internet and social media, fake news travels 15 times faster than the facts, which is a major threat to journalism. So training like this would help media professionals contain this threat.

“We at NITDA have the ambitious goal of achieving 95 percent digital competence by 2030. We will work with journalists and other organizations to see how we can promote digital literacy because it is the greatest resource you can have to thrive and survive. ”The digital age.

Yushau Shuaib from IMPR with DG NITDA Mallam Kashifu Inuwa at PRNigeria Center KanoYushau Shuaib from IMPR with DG NITDA Mallam Kashifu Inuwa at PRNigeria Center Kano

“We are in the age of the knowledge economy – the digital economy, where what lies below is not as important as what we know – the talents we have and the media are the best tools to to help our country achieve this.

Regarding cybersecurity in Nigeria, Kashifu said the government had put in place structures to protect the ecosystem as part of its strategic roadmap and action plans.

He said, “Cybersecurity is one of the strategic pillars of our strategic roadmap and action plan, which is more about social engineering. So we do three things. We’re raising a lot of awareness so that people need to know the do and don’ts of social media. That’s what they keep to protect sensitive information.

“Second, we have a center called the Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Center that works around the clock to make sure we are proactively protecting our digital space. We help MDAs, private organizations and individuals to protect data and information. “

He further revealed that the agency has people trying to break into the deep web and dark web to proactively protect the country as the system is compromised.

Previously, IMPR boss Malam Yushau A. Shuaib said the workshop should familiarize journalists and social media influencers with the right digital tools to promote professional standards and improve their jobs.

Shuaib said over 100 journalists benefited from the 3-day training, which was held in the states of Abuja, Kwara and Kano. He added that some of the topics of the workshop were: digital journalism to combat the threat of fake news; Media ethics and responsible reporting, open source intelligence tools (OSINT), media monitoring and search engine optimization, self-censorship and national security, media management, etc.

At the end of the workshop, the NITDA GD, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa, received the “ICT Personality of the Year Award” from the Network of Advocates for Digital Reporting (NADIR), a forum of journalists for the ICT sector.

Meanwhile, at the end of the workshop, participants (journalists) realized that there are expectations of ethical and responsible online journalism from the media, government, regulators and the public.

A communique signed by Isiyaku Ahmed stated that digital technology is vital to the professional practice of journalism, especially in the adoption of digital tools for fact-checking and investigative reporting.

Hence, it is important to formulate appropriate regulations to guide the practice of online and citizenship journalism, as well as self-censorship to promote patriotism and national security. They found that it is imperative for media practitioners to incorporate ethical standards and behavior in their reporting in order to adhere to global best practices.

They praised the organizers and sponsors of the training program, particularly the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Professor Ali Isa Pantami, who has been at the forefront of advocating the use of digital tools for economic development, and expressed optimism that this initiative was part of steps to ensure responsible online journalism, national security and the growth of the digital economy.

In their determination to ensure the practice of digitally-powered, ethically responsible and development-conscious online journalism, participants pledged to ensure that 20 percent of their reports focus on raising awareness of digital literacy and inclusion; demonstrate the practical use of digital tools for fact-checking, investigative and development journalism, as well as promoting national unity and cohesion, and actively participate in regular training courses and other relevant institutions to regularly improve their skills in online journalism and step back knowledge to colleagues.

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Report from: PRNigeria.com

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