Hackathon for Independent Media - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, HubHub Palác ARA, Pátek, 06. Září 2019

The RFE/RL Hackathon is a 24-hour event bringing together journalists, coders and designers to innovate and build digital prototypes in support of media freedom.
RFE/RL journalists report the news in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. We provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open your own solution around one of the three challenge areas, and support freedom of information.
If you’ve been frustrated at the lack of media transparency, this hackathon is for you!
The Challenge
Projects must focus on one of three challenge areas:
news – how to identify and debunk?
Disinformation is a big challenge for media today. Even for experienced and tech savvy journalists, sometimes it may not be easy to identify disinformation. For example, images and videos are professionally manipulated. Websites and social media accounts disseminating them are disguised as credible sources — such as government officials or other well-known personas. It seems there are enough useful online tools that help identify fake news stories, but the problem still persists. So how can we  identify and debunk disinformation effectively? Keeping in mind that the ultimate victims of disinformation are media consumers, how can media strengthen their ‘immunity’ to disinformation?
2. Open Debate: 
The concept of open debate and the idea of finding a way for the people to communicate with each other with more respect and consideration should be observed from the standpoint of media literacy.
If the media literacy level is low, as it is in many countries, and people do not have critical thinking skills developed, they are more inclined to act emotionally rather than rationally and react without arguments and with hate speech.
Open debate does not mean the ability to access platforms to express opinions, or to have to find a way to bypass laws and oppressed regimes to speak freely. It’s also not about opposite opinions talking past each other.
Open debate is the freedom to have a conversation with regards and respect to others, regardless of their views.
The aim of this concept is to find a solution to foster critical thinking and to increase media literacy.
3. News Censorship: 
There are governments that supervise and control information and ideas circulated amongst their people and abroad. In recent years, censorship refers to the examination of books, periodicals, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other communication media for the purpose of altering or suppressing parts thought to be objectionable or questioning the status quo.
Thanks to the Internet, there are many solutions today to bypass government censorship. These tools allow the population to access information freely even though doing so puts them at risk.
How can journalists reach people living under censorship? How can we help them access free information in a safe and modern way?

Friday, September 6, 2019 

17.00 — Registration
18.00 — Opening
18.30 — Theme introduction
18.45 — Putting the teams together
19.00 — Dinner and networking
19.45 — Begin hacking
23.00 — Group check in

Saturday, September 7, 2019

09.00 — Breakfast
09.30 — Group check in
10.00 — Continue hacking
13.00 — Lunch
13.45 — Hacking ends
15.00 — Prepare presentations
16.00 — Presentations
18.30 — Winners
19.00 — Closing
20.00 — Party and networking

Register here today! For more hackathon info, visit:

Tickets here: 
If you have any questions, please contact hackathon@rferl.org

Pátek, 06. Září 2019, HubHub Palác ARA, Hackathon for Independent Media - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

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