Wired: African AI Experts Get Excluded From a Conference—Again . “At the G7 meeting in Montreal last year, Justin Trudeau told WIRED he would look into why more than 100 African artificial intelligence researchers had been barred from visiting that city to attend their field’s most important annual event, the Neural Information Processing Systems conference, or NeurIPS. Now the same thing has happened again.”
Google Blog: Preserving stories of Black History in the UK and beyond. “The theme of the motherland can also be found in another new exhibition on Google Arts & Culture. Everyone in the world can trace their origins back to East Africa, which is sometimes called the cradle of mankind. We’ve collaborated with the National Museums of Kenya in a new online collection that celebrates the heritage and stories of Kenya’s many communities.” I had mentioned this before in RB but only as something that was going to happen, and I didn’t realize it was so close to competition.
Hivisasa: National Museum collections to be digitized. “The government has arrived an agreement with Google to digitize National Museums’ collections. Confirming the move, the National Museums of Kenya Director-General Dr Mzalendo Kibunjia said that this will attract more visitors to the museums.”
CNET: Facebook removes fake accounts tied to Russia for foreign meddling. “Facebook has removed three networks of accounts that were targeting eight African countries, the social network said Wednesday. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said in a blog post that Russian financier Russian financier Yevgeny Prigozhin is connected to the networks.”
N World: Database reveals decade of violent deaths in Middle East. “More than 335,000 people have been killed or injured in drone and missile strikes, roadside bombings and suicide attacks in the last nine years with about three-quarters of the victims in the Middle East and North Africa. The Explosive Violence Monitoring Project said the figures were likely to be an underestimate of those affected by war, terrorism and civil strife as they were culled from only English-language media sources and did not include shooting deaths. Those who died from their injuries are also not captured in the data.”
University of Chicago: In fight against global poverty, researchers map fast-growing informal settlements in Africa. “Urban scientists at the University of Chicago’s Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation on Oct. 23 launched the Million Neighborhoods Map—a groundbreaking visual tool that provides the first comprehensive look at informal settlements across Africa, helping to identify communities most in need of roads, power, water, sanitation and other infrastructure. Updates for Central and South America, India, and parts of Europe and Asia will come online over the next several weeks.”
Quartz: Zimbabwe is clamping down on social media use with a cyber crime bill set to become law. “Zimbabwe has inched closer to clamping down on citizens’ use of social media platforms and will likely fish out and penalize citizens who create and share what is deemed offensive or pornographic material over outlets including WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.”