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Facebook's 'Free Basics' app proportedly aimed to help people without Internet access. This research suggests that in contrast to this claim, the app primarily serves the needs of Facebook and other corporations, compromising user experience in order to achieve business objectives.
An analysis of the Kony 2012 phenomenon to illustrate how a digital campaign can validate and reproduce subjectivities and structures of domination rather than stimulate sustainable reform‐based change.
Summary In 2012, the Kony 2012 Campaign became the most watched human rights video to...
The way the media reports on a community can have a powerful impact on the way the broader society perceives them. The less that’s known about that community, the more power the media wields, as a primary source of understanding.
Media coverage can foster...
One of the untold stories in the proliferation of independent media across Africa is the role of donor aid in this process.
This year, 2014, marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the symbolic end of the...
Libraries, telecenters, and cybercafés play a critical role in extending the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to a diverse range of people worldwide. However, their ability to contribute to development agendas has come into question in recent times. The Global Impact Study was...
The contribution that a dynamic local information technology (IT) industry makes to national economic development - as a productive sector in itself and, more importantly, as an enabler of productive use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) throughout the economy and society -...
Many sub-Saharan African governments view the Internet as a key tool for development and are developing ICT policies accordingly, though the region still lags behind the rest of the world in both number and percentage of Internet users.
Sub-Saharan Africa has a history of...
There's a strong overlap between the emerging middle class in the developing world and the world of citizen media. Bloggers in Africa are highly educated and generally are wealthier than the average African. Kenya has a large middle class and one of the largest blogger...
The UK Government is funding a project to introduce text message technology into East Africa. Under the scheme, hand operated water pumps will send an automatic text to local water engineers when they break down or run dry.
The technology, developed at Oxford University,...
Africa will become predominantly urban within 20 years, according to a United Nations report, with cities tripling in size and megacities developing throughout the continent. This suggests significant changes for Africans’ consumption of media in general and digital media in particular, with implications for Africa’s...