As I strolled down the winding campus streets of Makerere University on a calm evening, I met an acquaintance. Seated on a pavement near Mary Stuart Hall, he had his eyes firmly fixed on his phone. “I am here to connect to Mak Air (the free University WiFi) to download some reading materials from the class WhatsAppREAD MORE
By Oladotun Roy The curb which started in March 2018, was executed after the announcement of recommended reforms that would enable President Idriss Deby stay in power till 2033. Though many speculations were made, a great few suspected that internet restriction was done to prevent protest because of the announcement. Deby, who has been inREAD MORE
By inventing social media (Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter), the idea was to facilitate communication to humanity. Connect people separated by thousands of kilometers, share images and information in the blink of an eye, etc. The benefits of social media are well established. But in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), social networks are used to somethingREAD MORE
2019 has hardly taken any shape, yet there has already been a succession of Internet shutdowns across Africa. These shutdowns have come as governments attempt to narrow and shutdown spectrums of acceptable opi§nion and freedom of expression. These shutdowns have been affected either as citizens demand justice, better service delivery, human rights and free and fairREAD MORE
Digital authoritarianism is rapidly becoming fashionable in Africa. In 2018, Access Now recorded 21 shutdowns in Africa, a sharp rise from 13 shutdowns in 2017. In that period, the longest shutdown was reported in Cameroon where it lasted at least 230 days. Similar trends were noted globally – from 75 shutdowns in 2016, incidents ofREAD MORE
The proliferation of misinformation on social media – or even just partisan or sensationalistic treatments of politics, science and human relations – could reasonably be considered a threat to democracy itself. When you add computation propaganda to the mix, where bots are deployed to manipulate public opinion, filter-bubbles form even more readily, and you canREAD MORE
Undeniably, the newly introduced social media tax in Uganda will deepen the digital gap. But let me focus on women because the barriers Ugandan women face in accessing and using the internet are still massive. 1 in 9 women in Africa have access to the internet. Only about 37 percent of women surveyed in tenREAD MORE
A few weeks ago, one of the Facebook groups (Cake Shop Uganda) that I am a part of launched a massive campaign. The Facebook group created to link cake customers with bakers and the other way round is one of the biggest thriving Facebook Groups turned communities in Uganda. The campaign was to raise awarenessREAD MORE
This is a tale from the recently concluded Africa Blogging 2018 workshop held in Harare, Zimbabwe. Landing in Harare, Zimbabwe´s capital was supposed to be a short 45 minutes flight. But in their usual fashion, Kenya Airways was again delayed. “We are sorry to announce that we will be shutting down the engines because oneREAD MORE
It almost seems someone at the top of the food chain wants mobile money to fail in Uganda. That can be the only reason for the latest developments. It all started perfectly and for a moment, it looked like we were going to transform financial inclusion but before take off, some folks are out toREAD MORE
Dear Kenyans, In 2013, we were told the requirements of Chaper 6 of the Constitution were an unwarranted intrusion on the right to elect whom we want, and a plot to "impose" rulers. How did that work out for you? Today, it is the gender rule that is being similarly described.
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