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Should Ghana Ban Social Media on Election Day?

Accra - August 23 - RSVP Now
In May and July 2016, the Ghana Police Service considered shutting down social media in Ghana on the day of the general elections, since in their view, social media platforms are used as a tool for misinformation and often create unnecessary tension in the country.
This intention was met with a successful backlash from a host of civil society organizations, key among which were Penplusbytes and Blogging Ghana who issued a statement that banning social media is an infringement on the constitutional rights of Ghanaians. In fact, Penplusbytes suggested that the Police Service embrace social media to improve engagement and information flows with the public.
However, others argue that a ban on social media for a day will safeguard the country’s electoral process, and might be a welcome break from too much focus on people's phones.
Please RSVP now to join a lively debate at the next Technology Salon Accra where we'll seek answers to questions like:
  • How has social media bans in other countries impacted their elections?
  • What are the merits and demerits of a shutdown of social media on Election Day?
  • What options are available for security agencies to prevent or quell election violence incited via social media platforms?
  • Can social media monitoring be used to curb electoral violence and misinformation?
Please RSVP now and let’s hear your thoughts and concerns with our key discussants from the opposing ends of this trending debate topic: We’ll have hot coffee and breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited, so please RSVP now. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!.
Social Media and Elections
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
8:30am - 10:30 a.m.
New Media Hub at Penplusbytes
No.1 Ostwe Close, Ako Adjei, Osu,
Accra, Ghana (map)
RSVP is required for attendance

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