Facts, Freedoms and Rights in a Connected World

__The third edition of the Social Media Conference will provide another opportunity for deepening and expanding the discussions and exploring new perspectives under the theme “Facts, Freedoms and Rights in a Connected World__


Draft Programme

8:00Registration, Welcome Tea & Bites

9:00Welcome Remarks by Mathias Kamp, KAS Country Director

9:10Opening Remarks by Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of Information & ICT

9:30Opening Session: Social Media, Blogging and Citizen Journalism: Re-configuring Ethical Standards?

Keynote address by Rachael Akidi (Editor, BBC Africa)

Panel discussion:

Monica Chibita (Head, Department of Journalism, UCU)

Grace Natabaalo (Programme Associate, ACME)

Ian Ortega (Founder, & CEO,

Angelo Izama (Analyst, Writer & Blogger)

Moderator: Rukh-Shana Namuyimba/NBS

11:00 Breakaway Sessions Pt.1

Panel 1: Freedom, Responsibility and Regulation: Navigating Online Spaces in Uganda

Vincent Bagiire (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information)Sarah Kihika (ICTJ/Chapter Four Board)

Jimmy Haguma (Uganda Police)

Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala (Unwanted Witness)

Neil Blazevic (Manager Technology Programme, DefendDefenders)

Moderator: Ivan Okuda (Daily Monitor)

Panel 2: Breaking Barriers? - Youth Engagement through Social Media

Antonio Kisembo (Media Challenge Initiative)

Binyamin Rukwengye (Boundless Minds)

Jackie Kemigisa (Parliament Watch)

Anna Adeke (Youth MP)

Moderator: Raymond Mujuni (Journalist, NTV)

Speakers Corner

The “Digital Humanitarian”: Social Media for Social Good - Philip Ogola (New Media Consultant)

Digital Ubuntu - Cultivating Responsible Digital Cultures

Zawadi Nyong’o (CEO, 7thSense Communications) (tbc)

Host: Solomon Serwanjja


13:45 Breakaway Sessions Pt.1

Panel 3: ICT and Social Media for Development: Leaving No One Behind?

Maureen Agena (CEO, Tune Communications: ICT4D Consultant)

Philip Ogola (New Media Consultant)

Evelyn Namara (CEO,!nnovate)

Patricia Litho (Lecturer, Makerere University)

Lillian Nalwoga (President, Internet Society, Uganda Chapter)

Moderator: Michael Niyitegeka (Social Media Consultant & Trainer)

Panel 4: More Opportunities, More Threats? - Feminist Voices Online

Lydia Namubiru (Data Journalist, ACME)

Patricia Twasiima (Chapter Four)

Zawadi Nyong’o (CEO, 7thSense Communications) (tbc.)

Moderator: Josephine Karungi (NTV News Anchor)

Speakers Corner

The Art of Online Media Manipulation - Mark Kaigwa (Speaker, Author & Entrepreneur / Founder, Nendo)

Africa Blogging: Trends of Political Blogging across the Continent

Anthony Masake & Ruth Aine (Members of the Africablogging initiative)

Social Media and the Art of Political Communication

Don Wanyama (Senior Press Secretary to the President)

Host: Catherine Ageno (KFM)

15:30Closing Session: Shrinking Horizons? – Online Trends, Algorithms and the New Rise of Populism

Panel discussion:

Rachael Akidi (Editor, BBC Africa)

Mark Kaigwa (Speaker, Author & Entrepreneur / Founder, Nendo)

Rosebell Kagumire (Blogger, Media & Communication Specialist)

Teddy Ruge (CEO, Raintree Farms / Cofounder, Remit & Hive Colab)

Susan Kitariko (Uganda Country Director, Google)

Moderator: Mildred Tuhaise/NBS

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