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...at the official website. For more information and to apply go here: https://www.scholars4dev.com/23382/unsw-international-scholarships/ 31 July 2020 (annual)       University of the People Online Tuition Free Degrees               The University of the People is the Education Revolution. It is the world’s first tuition-free, non-profit, American accredited, online university. With a groundbreaking online learning model and instructors from the wo...
The media, corruption and democracy in Africa

Kenya: to the elections, and beyond. Part Two.

...‘Kenyans in Diaspora miss out on 2013 poll’, Daily Nation (27/11/12). http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Kenyans-in-Diaspora-miss-out-on-2013-poll/-/1064/1630328/-/fikv9u/-/index.html (accessed 08/02/13). [iii] See, respectively, Menya, W., ‘Kofi Annan Comments Spark Kenyan Election Row’, Institute for War & Peace Reporting (21/12/12). http://iwpr.net/report-news/kofi-annan-comments-spark-kenyan-election-row (accessed 08/02/13); and Njagih, M.,...
The media, corruption and democracy in Africa

Kenya: to the election, and beyond. Part One.

...st. [i] Leposo, L., ‘Kenya sets March 2013 election date’ (17/03/12). http://articles.cnn.com/2012-03-17/africa/world_africa_kenya-election_1_election-date-general-election-mwai-kibaki?_s=PM:AFRICA (accessed 25/07/12). Dates for the election have shifted back amidst political disagreements between President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga but the March 2013 date is likely to hold fast, announced as it was by the country’s Independent E...

Decolonizing the Academy: A digital panel

...twatersrand and helps us to place them in their historical context. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itQGU-fI4f0 Camalita Naicker, a PhD candidate at the university currently known as Rhodes University, builds on Noor’s insights and looks at the fractures in these protest movements. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laDIAAwZ6-A Simukai Chigudu, a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, provides an insight into the Rhodes Must Fall protests at the...

‘Can’t touch this’: ZANU-PF’s media victory

...le, the first news outlet to broadcast the news of a Mugabe victory: https://twitter.com/reutersafrica/status/362824798432264193 ‘Calling’ the presidential election for Mugabe so early in the process seemed odd. Reuters’ tweet was followed by some incredulous responses from Twimbos (Zimbabweans on Twitter). https://twitter.com/kudzitsunga/status/362873950285479936 https://twitter.com/nyasha_chidembo/status/362825917279633408 Nearly 30 minutes late...

How hashtag activism moves offline in The Gambia

..., was key in uniting opposition and Jammeh’s defeat at the polls. The same combination of online and offline mobilisation was then critical in ensuring that those results were respected. “Social media was very decisive in the 2016 elections” says Dr Cessay, “first, it showed Jammeh was just an ordinary person, it helped to demystify him…and second, it played a key role in mobilising people and getting them to come together”. Facebook and WhatsApp...

The Role of the Courts in Safeguarding Online Freedoms in Africa

...of the debate over these shutdowns lies the right to freedom of expression online. Many African governments officially protect this right, for example through constitutional provisions or legislation governing access to information. The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) also has a resolution which affirms the rights of all Africans to freedom of expression online. In addition, the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Fr...

How Digital Repression Is Changing African Politics

...ndidates and their supporters experienced threats and intimidation”. https://ooni.org/post/2021-uganda-general-election-blocks-and-outage/ Despite widespread fraud allegations and international condemnation about the ruling party’s nasty tactics, the country’s electoral commission declared Museveni the winner with 59 percent of the vote. Uganda’s behavior is hardly unique on the continent. In the past decade, governments have increasingly turned t...

Short on strategy: WhatsApp use in the Ugandan elections

...levels, but that these were more channels for the sharing of information – manifesto commitments and activities of the presidential candidate for example – than places for strategic discussion. Despite their youthful base and prominence on social media, the opposition National Unity Platform, does not have a strategy for mobilising using online tools. According to one senior party official, “it’s a citizen-led movement and we give liberty to the c...

Daniel arap Moi: the making of a Kenyan ‘big man’

...lexities of leading, uniting and developing a poor and predominantly rural community composed of at least 42 “tribes”. Unsurprisingly, this exculpatory portrait never became a bestseller. Moi is widely held responsible for a regime that bore witness to, and benefited from, violence, corruption and discrimination. Kenya’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission found that between 1978 and 2002, Moi’s government was responsible for numerous gro...