How young, queer Nigerians use Twitter fight homophobia

Nigeria continues to be largely homophobic, mainly as a result of cultural and religious conventions. Negative perceptions of homosexuality led to the...

Why social media activists face an uphill struggle in Zimbabwe

Long considered economically and socially underdeveloped compared with the rest of the world, Africa has in recent years emerged as an important...

Digital technologies and the new public square: revitalising democracy?

Over the past 15+ years, the world has witnessed an astonishing transformation in information and communications technologies (ICTs) across both developed and...

The hidden costs of social media in African elections – the...

Some say social media is killing democracy. But others counter that social media is making politics more inclusive and accountable. What does the evidence...

Fake News in Africa – How Big is the Problem?

How dangerous is fake news in Africa? And how much of it is there? Do people know when they are circulating fake news? And...

How Digital Repression Is Changing African Politics

Africa’s first election of 2021, featuring a presidential race in Uganda between President Yoweri Museveni and opposition leader Bobi Wine, provided a...

How Social Media is Changing Politics in Africa

In our popular Book Club feature, Maggie Dwyer and Thomas Molony reflect on the key lessons of their important new volume on Social Media...

Short on strategy: WhatsApp use in the Ugandan elections

This week’s general election in Uganda concludes a unique campaign. In July 2020, the Electoral Commission announced restrictions in response to the...

What Google Trends Data can Tell Us About the Tanzanian Election

Over the last 5 years, Tanzania has seen a steady increase in authoritarian practices. This trend reached its climax in the recent...

Is WhatsApp Undermining Democracy in Africa?

There is growing concern about the potential for the message and media sharing platform WhatsApp to undermine democracy in a number of countries across...