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Rising threat to constitutionalism in Ghana under President Nana Akufo-Addo: Will...

...ems. Indications thus far are that the Ghana card would form the basis for compiling a new voter register towards the 2020 general elections. Issues of eligibility and requirements for registration are exclusionary: The production of a digital address in a country where a considerable segment of the population do not own a smartphone and just about 35% of the population are connected to the internet is highly problematic. The insistence on meeting...

Digital technologies and the new public square: revitalising democracy?

...and so on) are scaled back. On the other hand, when offline approaches are combined with online efforts to reach out to those who lack digital skills or access, they tend to be more successful in terms of widening participation and becoming more representative. This can be seen clearly in examples like the Black Lives Matter and other social movements mentioned above. And as Idayat Hassan and Jamie Hitchen have noted in the case of the Gambia, soc...

How young, queer Nigerians use Twitter fight homophobia

...striking is the conviction of self-acceptance and the roles played by the online queer community in the affirmation of this. Anti-homophobic advocacy Even more exciting is how these Twitter users engage in anti-homophobic advocacy. They turn the narrative around by exploiting online platforms towards positive self-presentation. They also respond to and challenge their cyber-aggressors and other homophobic commentators. They further acknowledge th...

How AI is transforming Africa’s political landscape

...nya’s election, Kenyans woke up to an online video titled Raila 2020 which communicated that Kenya would become extremely violent, food would be scarce, there would be water shortages and so on if Raila Odinga was allowed to be president. Even though AI technologies have been a boon to authoritarian states in Africa, the technology has also helped improve political pluralism, governmental accountability, civil liberties, and civic participation by...

The Voices from ‘Ground Zero’ Report on Cameroon’s Anglophone Conflict: Interrogating...

...vilian groups adversely affected by the conflict. SGBV against women has become endemic, not only perpetrated by combatants as a weapon of war, but also violence experienced in domestic situations has spiked, with displaced women and girls often sexually exploited in overcrowded living conditions or through being forced into prostitution. Participants noted the failed attempts to resolve the crisis. In terms of a potential pathway to peace, the ma...

Is African Democracy in Crisis?

...w, King’s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS To see more details and register for free, go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tli-signature-lecture-series-professor-nic-cheeseman-is-african-democracy-in-crisis-tickets-37619976362   Abstract: African democracy is in decline. The quality of civil liberties is falling, and has been for some time. Presidents are removing the term limits intended to constrain them, and the average quality of elec...

Resistance Bureau! Next live show 22 July! Sign up!

...ion. Join us on 22 July at: 6pm Addis Abeba/Nairobi 5pm Paris/Cairo/Cape Town 4pm London/Casablanca/Kinshasa 3pm Dakar/Accra 11am New York Register here: https://www.theresistancebureau.com/...

How to ensure digital access to information in Africa

...rgely concerned with the free flow of digital information and unrestricted online communication and file-sharing, efforts to promote freedom of information in most African countries are fundamentally focused on championing citizen’s right to access government-held information – with limited success so-far. Even though more and more African countries are adopting so-called Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, too many of them remain unimplemented and...

Why villagers love Uhuru and urbanites don’t back him

...ection was rigged. Although 60 per cent rate the presidential election as ‘completely free and fair’, 23 per cent believe that it was ‘not free and fair’. Unsurprisingly, this rises to 42 per cent in Nyanza, but the proportion of people who dispute the election result is also high in Nairobi (32 per cent). Moreover, almost all Kenyans agree that the presidential election was the least free and fair of the six contests, with the elections for gover...

Rafael Marques free

...esponse to his recent book, which documented the human rights abuses faced by miners and villagers in Lunda Norte, the diamond region of the country, and named seven generals and two mining companies as being complicit in those abuses. As a result of the settlement yesterday, Rafael can now continue to follow the human rights situation in Lunda Norte, which the generals have committed to improve.  ...