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The media, corruption and democracy in Africa

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

...ll’, 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., ‘US warns over choice of president’, St...
The media, corruption and democracy in Africa

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

...well ahead of an (already unexpectedly delayed) election date. A longer run-in period to the election increases the extent to which campaigning politicians descend into ethnic hate speech as leaders take to paraphrasing their critics’ most offensive statements. The second factor adding to the tension surrounding the 2013 election is that it is to be conducted under the new constitution (voted for in 2010). Implementation of the constitution has be...

How hashtag activism moves offline in The Gambia

...at the constituency level. Diaspora political organisers were supported by in-country allies, who worked to ensure these messages reached sympathetic ears. “We had separate WhatsApp groups for each constituency with teams of volunteers on motorbikes and cars shuttling messages to key voters and voting blocks and extracting firm commitments of support” said one local organiser who was based in Central River Region, “we were so efficient in the micr...

Short on strategy: WhatsApp use in the Ugandan elections

...tific’ elections – campaigning on media and online platforms rather than in-person public interaction. Officially introduced as a public health measure, these restrictions have been disproportionately applied against opposition candidates, amidst a campaign characterised by high levels of violence. These ‘scientific’ campaigns provide an opportunity to learn more about the use of social media and messaging platforms by political parties and candid...

The Role of the Courts in Safeguarding Online Freedoms in Africa

...e that courts could play both on the national and regional level  in determining whether or not internet shutdowns become a permanent feature of African political life. Zimbabwe’s 2019 Internet Shutdown The internet shutdown in Zimbabwe came against the backdrop of a week of deadly protests caused by a spike in gasoline prices in the country in early 2019. To quell the protests, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s biggest mobile phone and inte...

How Digital Repression Is Changing African Politics

...increased. As Figure 1 shows, for most of the 10-year period, social media-induced violence lagged the global mean, but in 2019, its prevalence increased sharply. Figure 1 Disinformation and Social Media Incitement to Violence Trends in Africa (2010-19) Source: Valeriya Mechkova, Daniel Pemstein, Brigitte Seim, Steven Wilson, “Digital Society Project Dataset v2″, 2020. Note: 0 = global mean for all country years. Figures below 0 represent below a...

Decolonizing the Academy: A digital panel

...Udadisi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bek8rNohP1U And the LIVED project in Edinburgh speak about their activism, which centres on documentary projects that share the lived realities of refugee life for young people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STV0N8ffegs We will be hosting it with a Twitter Q and A – ‪#‎decolonizing‬ from 15:30 this Friday with some of the presenters. You can also hold your own discussion group with these videos and send u...

Incumbency and elections: the 2019 polls in Botswana and South Africa

...s://www.businesslive.co.za/fm/features/africa/2017-08-10-ian-khamas-growing-intolerance/; Monageng Mogalakwe and Francis Nyamnjoh, “Botswana at 50: Democratic Deficit, Elite Corruption and Poverty in the Midst of Plenty,” Journal of Contemporary African Studies 35, no. 1 (January 2, 2017): 1–14, https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2017.1286636. [4] For example, Mahlatse Mahlase and Lizeka Tandwa, “It’s Not a Matter of If, but When Zuma Goes – NEC Sou...

INTRO: Why digital democracy will take more than technology in Africa

...or them? Who should be responsible for content moderation and how can ethno-linguistic diversity be accounted for? What are the political and socio-economy consequences of restricting internet access, and how can this be resisted? Does the finding that how an individual behaves online does not dramatically change their offline political activity in Uganda hold more broadly? And is social media reinforcing existing gender norms rather than challeng...