The internet’s relationship with Africa is always going to have moments of colonial throwbacks. Mainly because it is not just a technological construct that emerged from thin air. It is a representation of technology that comes with the historical, social and contemporary baggage of racism, sexism, discrimination and even manipulation of human behaviour. This isREAD MORE
In this 21st Century, no government that subscribes to principles of good governance – including the respect and promotion of universally accepted standards of human rights – should deliberately enact laws and execute policies that serve to expand the digital divide and silence free speech online. Uganda’s government is, insidiously, doing exactly that. After usingREAD MORE
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
After watching @SpeakerJBMuturi on NTV, it's clear he is not making argument from a legal standpoint but just trying to protect what's left of his term in office. There is no way you argue about convinience when referring to sections of this country's Supreme Law.
Dear KE media, When reporting this story, please be sure to highlight #WeAre52pc who were the first to petition @dkmaraga over the dissolution of Parliament three years ago. It is individual women and women's organizations who have relentlessly pushed to uphold the constitution.
It will be interesting to see how the politicians who in 2017 hailed @dkmaraga for upholding the constitution and annulling the election react to him finally, after much dithering and pressure, upholding the constitution and telling Kamau to dissolve Parliament 3 years later.
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