Dubawa Unveils AI Tools To Combat Misinformation


The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) project Dubawa has introduced new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies intended to combat misinformation in Nigeria.

The instruments were unveiled at an Abuja event that highlighted artificial intelligence, digital technology, and journalism. The Dubawa Chatbot, an AI tool that lets users fact-check content on WhatsApp in real time, is one of the major advancements. Nigerians can instantly verify a variety of claims by just messaging the chatbot.

Monsur Hussain, head of innovation at CJID, highlighted the chatbot’s ability to access real-time internet data, a feature that distinguishes it from other AI tools like ChatGPT and MetaAI. This capability allows the Dubawa Chatbot to provide up-to-date and accurate information promptly.

To demonstrate its effectiveness, Hussain recounted an instance where the Dubawa AI correctly confirmed the reinstatement of Sanusi Lamido as Emir of Kano, shortly after it occurred. In contrast, MetaAI failed to provide the correct information.

Another significant tool introduced is the Dubawa Audio platform. This AI-driven system can monitor radio broadcasts, transcribe them, and identify claims that require verification. This addresses the challenge of tracking information shared via radio, a prevalent medium in Africa.

Hussain pointed out that radio, despite its wide reach, often lacks documented records, making it hard to verify claims. The Dubawa Audio platform aims to fill this gap by providing a reliable method for fact-checking radio content.

During the launch event, other AI tools were also showcased. These included PodusAI, which is designed to answer questions related to Nigerian laws and can draft legal documents quickly, and NubiaAI, which helps journalists draft stories using available data.

Israel Tijani, a data scientist, demonstrated ChatVE, an AI tool capable of fact-checking posts on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and X, by responding directly in the comments.

The event, held at the Abuja Continental Hotel, attracted speakers and participants from the media, civil society organisations, and academia. Discussions covered the impact of AI on journalism, the challenges of digital transformation, and ethical concerns associated with AI usage.

Although the launch of these AI tools represents innovative steps towards providing solutions to the issue of misinformation in Nigeria, citizens and all who rely on traditional or new media for news and information have a responsibility to do their due diligence by asking the right questions and doing research instead of taking anything on face value.

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