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68 Days Ago   Telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Liberia have restricted Internet access in the country by blocking Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat amid anti-corruption protests by citizens.

87 Days Ago   Facebook has issued a statement on how it removed fake accounts originating from Israel that ran Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts that carried false information looking to influence elections in several African countries.

88 Days Ago   According to Dr. Roselyn K. Akombe, Chief of Policy Planning and Guidance at the United Nations and ex-commissioner of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the country’s government is going to sell all the citizen data collected through the Huduma Namba exercise to the highest bidder.

111 Days Ago   Singers use artistic conventions to construct marketable music personas. However, that’s not the full picture. In the US, for example, most American hip-hop and rap songs are also a reflection of the artistes’ living experiences and social communities.

116 Days Ago   Private rhino horn owner John Hume, held South Africa’s first online rhino horn auction during 2017, a major event in the ongoing fight by private rhino owners to be able to sell legal horn stocks.

181 Days Ago   Half-way through 2018, Uganda introduced a Social Media (OTT) tax which required Ugandans to pay a tax if they wanted to access services such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others.

207 Days Ago   January 2017 was special in many ways; important to note, it was the first time I ever boarded an airplane, but also it was the time I underwent a grueling visa experience.

207 Days Ago   President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda has issued a directive that states new gambling licenses will no longer be issued to sports betting companies and existing ones will not be renewed once they expire.

208 Days Ago   Over the past week, Zimbabwe has experienced citizens protesting over raised fuel prices and high living costs. While in Sudan protests about the country’s economic problems and President Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year term started in December 2018.

209 Days Ago   For several days, starting on Monday 14 January 2019, Zimbabweans have been without Internet access. This is as a result of the Southern Afrikan country’s government, under rumored instructions from General Chiwenga and the leadership of President Emerson Mnangagwa, decided to threaten and ordered all 4 of the country’s telecommunications to shut off the Internet completely.

215 Days Ago   Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) cut off internet access in the run-up to elections during December 2018 — other telecommunications services such as SMS were also suspended in the country.

261 Days Ago   When we think about endangered animals in Afrika at risk of extinction or being poached, we usually think of elephants and rhinos. This can be attributed to various factors including increased publicity around the increasing threats that rhinos and elephants face from poachers.

267 Days Ago   Ethiopia has announced its intention to launch its first satellite during 2019. According to the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) at the Addis Ababa University, the satellite is expected to be launched from China during September 2019.

270 Days Ago   Mobile phones have become widespread all over the world, including in rural and low-income communities. As research shows, these devices have the potential to bring about significant societal change – a fact acknowledged in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

284 Days Ago   An indigenous group in Kenya is embracing the use of technological innovation to document forced evictions and efforts at resolving related conflicts. Although forced evictions are not new to Kenya’s Sengwer community, in December 2018, the Kenyan Forest Service started a new campaign to evict families from the Embobut Forest — their ancestral home — thereby resulting in conflicts and 341 houses being burnt, says a report by Amnesty International published in May this year.

284 Days Ago   A new hub has been opened in Kigali, Rwanda which aims to assist the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as startups, to market and sell to Chinese consumers among many of its benefits.

286 Days Ago   After training their first cohort of 24 Afrikan startups as part of the eFounder Fellowship training program, Alibaba went on to launch another initiative aimed at empowering Afrikan technology startups.

286 Days Ago   Anonymous, a collective of hacktivists, has claimed responsibility for a widespread DDoS attack and defacement of Gabon’s government websites. The collective have said they did this in protest against Gabon’s government and specifically against the dictatorship of President Ali Bongo.

334 Days Ago   A project by the USA’s Cornell University has been using Artificial Intelligence to help with protecting elephants in Afrika against poaching. Named the Elephant Listening Project (ELP), the initiative tracks elephant herds across the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo.

335 Days Ago   Earlier in 2018 Tanzania’s government, under the leadership of President John Magufuli, introduced a new law for social media and blogs which saw the introduction of license fees for anyone effectively running a website in Tanzania.

346 Days Ago   Social media activism is a threat to Uganda’s Museveni President Yoweri Museveni has ruled Uganda with authoritarian firmness for the last 32 years. But even his most ardent supporters were shocked by the ferocity with which his security forces recently meted out violence on journalists and supporters of Robert Kyagulanyi, a musician-turned-politician popularly known as Bobi Wine.

346 Days Ago   Egypt’s President, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, has signed into law the Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes legislation. The anti-cybercrime law gives the Egyptian government the power to block any websites it deems to be a threat to national security as well as spreading the “ideas of terrorist organizations.” During July 2018 Egypt’s parliament approved and passed a bill that will see social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers regulated and treated like media outlets.

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