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
For the past two months, Zimbabwe has been dominating the regional and international news headlines following a “wave” of protests, mainly in the capital city Harare. Most significant are the events of July 6, which many commentators and some sections of the media are attributing the successes to mobilisation through #hashtags on social media. However,READ MORE
The person who came up with the term banana republic must have had the future Uganda republic in mind. We love bananas so much that your typical Ugandan consumes more bananas than anyone else in any other country. Beyond most Ugandan’s love for bananas, we are still a political and economic banana republic in everyREAD MORE
The recent deportation of famed 60-year-old Congolese rumba star, Koffi Olomide, after he was filmed apparently kicking a female member of his band at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has once again highlighted both the power and limitations of social media in Kenya. A video of the incident went viral on the internet precipitating aREAD MORE
In the last three months, I have attended two major events and participated in discussions on free speech on the internet. On July 10, I participated in the Uganda social media conference in Kampala. Earlier in May, I was in Berlin for the 10th edition of re:publica. Discussions at the two events reveal one thing:READ MORE
There are a number of causes and actors for the mass action that occurred in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, 6 July 2016. Some reasons being more immediate than others, and some actors being more key than others, but all contributing at varying levels to the national strike/shutdown (whatever you prefer to call it.) The particular differenceREAD MORE
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