Storyful and Google are coming together to discuss the role YouTube plays as a tool for monitoring elections around the world, as we prepare to launch a brand new Kenyan elections channel on YouTube.
Google’s policy director for Africa, Ory Okolloh, will join Storyful’s managing editor Markham Nolan and selected guests to discuss how YouTube has been used to track elections across Africa, but also in Europe and the United States. Kwabena Boateng from Ghana Decides will also join us to discuss how the group used YouTube to monitor Ghana’s recent elections, which were hailed a massive success. The discussion will be livestreamed online via Google Hangout from 11.30GMT, with a live audience taking part from Nairobi’s 88MPH startup hub.
Since April 2011, Storyful has powered election landing pages for Google, discovering and curating video content from African elections. We’ve watched Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon and Ghana through the window of YouTube, and seen each country use amateur video in unique ways to monitor the democratic process.
The 2013 elections in Kenya will be the most closely watched in living memory. With the explosion in social media that has occurred since the last elections in 2007/08, the Kenyan elections can be brought to the world, in close to real time, via YouTube for the first time ever.
Storyful will be working to capture the best online footage from Kenya as the country picks its next leader. By maintaining a dedicated YouTube channel for the Kenya 2013 elections, Storyful hopes to bring together all the news, views and grassroots reporting from the Kenyan election trail in one convenient online portal, with playlists capturing some of the most important democratic themes.
The YouTube channel will also host the livestreams of Kenya’s presidential debate series, while you can monitor and participate in the conversation using the most popular hashtags in the Kenyan twittersphere.