"Factforward:" Foretelling the Future of Africa's Information Disorder

This article by Luca Bruls, Mirjam de Bruijn e.a. explains how Africa-specific dynamics of democratisation, state control, and mobility shape the creation of Africa's information disorder. By conducting expert interviews, the authors explain about existing studies on the continent's information disorder, explore the the concept of “factforwarding”, and highlight specific focal points to better understand disinformation practices in Africa.

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This article has been written for The Bulletin of Technology & Public Life of the Centre for Information, Technology and Public Life (CITAP).

Author(s) / editor(s)

Mutsvairo, Bruls, De Bruijn, & Skare Orgeret

Date, time and location

23 January 2023

About the author(s) / editor(s)

Luca Bruls is a junior researcher at the ASCL as part of the project ‘Decoding Digital Media in African Regions of Conflict’.

Mirjam de Bruijn is Professor of Citizenship and Identities in Africa at the African Studies Centre Leiden.