ABOUT THE PROJECT
For the Kultursymposium Weimar, the Goethe-Institut Kenya together with its partners - the Elephant and Inuka Kenya - interrogate the question of Trust in relation to technology, drawing from the Kenyan context and perspectives from local experts and communities. The project will comprise of a film screening, online and in person panel discussions as well as community outreach programmes.
For the opening event, we introduce the project with the screening of the award-winning documentary The Cleaners. Directed by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, the film touches on the ethics around content moderation and its effects on the people who have to filter through potential disturbing content.
To contribute to the discourse around technology and trust, we further engage 4 authors to write articles on various topics such as the continued marginality and bias perpetuated through algorithms and the ethics around it . As part of our outreach programme, we will work with Code for Africa to train 20 community representatives in identifying and reporting of fake news and misinformation.
11th April – Screening of the film: The Cleaners
13th April – Training by Code for Africa
13th April – First Twitter space discussion on @theelephantinfo (7:30-9:00PM EAT)
Algorithms - A Double-Edged Sword for Internet Users?
Algorithms can easily be programmed to shape consumer values, steer politics, and influence peddling. While this feature helps target information, and drive sales and engagement, it has also created internet bubbles, that spread fake news, and misinformation; and radicalizes and prejudices races, religions, and sexual orientations.
25th April – Second Twitter space discussion on @theelephant (7:30-9:00PM EAT) on @theelephantinfo
AI and The Ethical Concerns
Nearly 1000 tech leaders globally have raised concerns about the recently deployed A.I. chatbots like ChatGPT, Microsoft’s Bing and Google’s Bard. They cite concerns on the ability of the creators to grasp, control, or predict these tools. Who is responsible when these A.I tools get crucial details wrong, breach IP rules, and spread misinformation?