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RSVP Now: 10th Technology Salon Accra – What Role Does Social Media Play in Election Monitoring?

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In May and July 2016, the Ghana Police Service made known their intention to shut 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 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. Fast forwarded, the President, H.E John Dramani Mahama, has given the clearest indication that Social media will not be banned on election day.

Please RSVP now to join a lively debate at the next Technology Salon Accra where we’ll seek answers to questions like:

  • What is social media’s place in elections?
  • How has social media impacted on elections in other countries?
  • Can social media monitoring be used to curb electoral violence and misinformation?
  • What could a shutdown of social media on Election Day had meant for Ghana?

Please RSVP now and let’s hear your thoughts and concerns with our key discussants from the opposing ends of this trending debate topic:

Please RSVP now to join them and your esteemed peers at the 10th Technology Salon Accra. We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited. Once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list!


Role of Social Media in Elections monitoring

10th Technology Salon Accra.
Tuesday, August 23, 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



About the Technology Salon

The Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:

  • technology’s impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.

Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 35 people – and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.

It’s also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!