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Kenya: Govt To Monitor Social Media During Elections

Kenya: Govt To Monitor Social Media During Elections

Kenya will not shut down the Internet during the election period unless the situation gets out of hand, officials said Thursday. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) chairman, Mr Ben Gituku said that the government would only take action if it deemed it as a necessary step to secure the country. “We hope we will […]

Social Media And Women Are Important In South-Sudan’s Change Protest

Social Media And Women Are Important In South-Sudan’s Change Protest

 The social media has become the main means for youth activists in Sudan. Women have come to play a prominent role in the recent protests against the government policies. According to the activists, the Sudanese will be able to topple the current regime by next April. “Through Twitter, Facebook, and Whatsapp, we managed to attract […]

Uganda: Stop Using Social Media For Gossiping

Uganda: Stop Using Social Media For Gossiping

Ugandans have been advised to stop using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for gossiping and unproductive posts but use them for doing business. While presiding over the 10th graduation ceremony for the Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology on Friday, Tonny Lule, the network operations lead for Google Uganda, said […]

Uganda: Online Violence Against Women Rises

Uganda: Online Violence Against Women Rises

The use of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have increased risks of violence against women, according to the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC). Mr Medi Kaggwa, the chairman of UHRC, said cases of online violence against women had risen in 2015 and 2016. “The commission has noted increased cases of abuse […]

Transparency Doesn’t Mean Showing It All On Social Media

Transparency Doesn’t Mean Showing It All On Social Media

Family vacation photos. Funny cat videos. Favorite recipes. We are all familiar with these visuals on our personal social media accounts. But when it comes to our business social media, what qualifies as transparency and what classifies as over sharing? How do you create an effective social media strategy that doesn’t compromise professionalism or brand […]

Angola’s Latest Ploy To Silence Critics: A Regulatory Body To Censor Social Media

Angola’s Latest Ploy To Silence Critics: A Regulatory Body To Censor Social Media

Angola’s governing MPLA party (People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola) is gearing up for a tough battle to retain its 40-year grip on power in the face of a rising tide of discontent, swelled by the biting economic consequences of low oil prices and poor governance. Its response is to tighten control by restricting […]

Africa’s Most Innovative And Controversial Tech Hacks

Africa’s Most Innovative And Controversial Tech Hacks

Africa may be taking a great leap forward into the digital era. But when technology reaches a new area, the hackers are never far behind. Many are familiar with the African hacker cliche: revolving around a badly written email from someone, claiming to be a friend, for example, who has been mugged and needs an […]

A Day In The Digital Life Of Africa

A Day In The Digital Life Of Africa

Africa is in the throes of a technological revolution, leapfrogging computers in favour of internet connections through mobile phones. A fifth of the continent now have access to a broadband connection, a figure predicted to triple in the next five years. But how are phones and the internet changing the lives of ordinary Africans? And […]

How Sudan’s Diaspora Uses Social Media To Marshal Ramadan Meals

How Sudan’s Diaspora Uses Social Media To Marshal Ramadan Meals

In an abandoned school in Khartoum, men and women rush around in the sweltering sun gathering dried onion, lentils, tomato paste, dates, salt and cooking oil into thousands of bundles to distribute to families in need. This flurry of activity usually starts a week before Ramadan, the holy month when healthy and able Muslims around […]

South Africa: The South African Government Voted Against Our Online Freedom

South Africa: The South African Government Voted Against Our Online Freedom

It’s as if they thought we wouldn’t find out. While the world has been going to shit of late, with bombings here (Istanbul, Saudi Arabia), shootings (Iraq) there, hacking and broken hearts a little further on there (Bangladesh, if you didn’t know), the South African government voted against a UN resolution that that would make […]