When the GuardianUK newspaper broke a story about a data analytics company called Cambridge Analytica and its role in collecting the private data of British and American citizens, African social media did not go apoplectic. This was despite the fact that the same company also allegedly had a hand in two of the continents largest countries’ elections,READ MORE
Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net, 2017 report shows that 2017 was, as Wire.com puts it, “terrible year for Internet freedom”. The report shows that almost half of the 65 countries assessed in 2017 experienced a decline in Internet freedoms during the assessment period. Less than one-quarter of users reside in countries where there areREAD MORE
PhotoCredit : BBC Africa In 2016 after attending my first Re:publica, a techie conference in Berlin, I wrote of a need for Africa to have what I called a “collective thinking space” where like-minded actors on the African continent would converge to share ideas and inspire each other. The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, 2017 (FIFAfrica17) justREAD MORE
We were sitting on the old cushioned chairs in the dormitory reception where the temperamental TV set mounted overhead to one corner of the room was not giving us any news about the election results. It was just before 8 pm on a Sunday night, and I had just arrived back in Bulawayo from Harare,READ MORE
I saw that tweet and so I asked fellow social good practitioners what they thought – Sartaj explained a few things. In his words: 1/ Pure tech is backed by pure capitalism because it makes old money relevant again & reinforces the old power to new power transformation. 2/ Empathetic tech requires capital for goodREAD MORE
The embedding of social media networks into our daily lives led to the rise of the internet meme, bringing humour to the many words that fill the interwebs. But it was really in 2014 when the ‘Confused Black Girl’ image went viral that it was clear that, the age of the internet meme is uponREAD MORE
“For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” – Jesus of Nazareth This blogger is about to close up shop. After ten years of exercising his constitutional right to freedom of expression by blogging, he no longer feels safe. Self-censorship, it seems, is now theREAD MORE
The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) recent announcement that it has set minimum but high costs for mobile phone voice calls and data charges sparked a bit of a social media outcry. It hasn’t quite started a hashtag movement. But the fairness of it all is being questioned by those that wouldREAD MORE
Kenyan doctors have been away from public hospitals for about one and a half months now. The strike was occasioned by a 4-year-old Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that the government failed to honor, claiming the economy could not afford it. The doctors holding on to their point that if the government curbed corruption and focusedREAD MORE
Social media and technology companies have emerged as major culprit of the 2016 American elections for allowing publication and promotion of ‘fake news’. For sometime journalists and media researchers have warned and argued against the increasingly influential role that technology companies are playing in determining journalistic decision within the mainstream media. Emily Bell, a journalistREAD MORE
So the "Superhighway" is really not about fixing traffic problems because it seems we are back where we started, no? Or was it not predictable that vehicular traffic would grow? And knowing this, why build a "Superhighway" where pedestrians would need to cross it? twitter.com/martinMu…
Dear Kenyans, You do not pay GoK to do "at least..." You pay it to solve problems. E.g. What problems does the Thika "Superhighway" solve if traffic is always backed up on it? What problem does the SGR solve if cargo carriers won't use it? Can you answer without "at least..."
Fake news is consuming everyone I have been looking at people using that picture of a tycoon in Cameroon 🇨🇲 saying that he is their president. But what happened to the culture of verification? This bandwagon will consume many. Simple: Make google your buddy! twitter.com/sudhirnt…
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