n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - The use of social media in creating information ethics awareness for universities in Kenya

Volume 2013, Issue 47
  • ISSN : 1025-8892



Information ethics is a young academic discourse in universities in Kenya and there is need to create awareness. Debates have been made on the integration of information ethics in information science curriculum in universities. However, the use of social media in information ethics awareness is still a new area. Using survey research, this paper examines how social media can be used to create awareness in information ethics in three public universities in Kenya among information science lecturers and undergraduate students. Majority of social media users in universities are aged between 20-30 years thus there is a potential to use these communication channels to propagate awareness of information ethics aspects. Social media is increasingly becoming popular especially among the youths, with Facebook and twitter being the most preferred platforms, but rarely used for academic purposes. Emergence of citizen journalism is leading to shifts in society with both positive and negative effects. Information scientists and information ethics interest groups could provide a benchmark on potential use of social media networks for teaching and learning in universities in Kenya.

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