Al Jazeera: How social media shaped calls for political change in Ethiopia. “A look at Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and the hope for media reform.”
British Library Digital Scholarship Blog: Visualising the Endangered Archives Programme project data on Africa, Part 1. The project. “… I am currently half way through a three-month placement at the British Library working with the Digital Scholarship team on data from the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP). This is a programme which gives grants to people who want to preserve and digitise pre-modern archives under threat anywhere in the world. The focus of my placement is to look at how the project has worked in the specific case of Africa over the 14 years the programme has been running. I’ll be using this data to create visualisations that will help provide information for anyone interested in the archives, and for the EAP team.”
Christian Science Monitor: Across Africa, new battlefields for free speech take shape on social media. “Governments are increasingly aware – and often wary – of the power of social media. But so are citizens and activists, and across Africa, many are pushing back against online restrictions.”
Quartz: Zimbabwe’s politicians are fighting a vicious battle against fake news and each other. “Zimbabwe’s political parties are winding down their campaigns ahead of elections on Monday (Jul. 30) to pick the first new administration since the ousting of former president Robert Mugabe in November. But as well as battling each other in the run-up to a historic election, politicians and party officials have been fighting the spread of disinformation, so-called fake news, through social media.”
Think Geoenergy: Kenya Database on Public Private Partnership Projects features three geothermal projects. “Kenya has launched a website with a database on projects currently under way in Public Private Partnership model in the country. The database includes currently three geothermal projects in Menengai and Olkaria.”
eHealthNews: Sierra Leone Launches Ebola Database . “The SLED is based on information recorded during the Ebola epidemic by thousands of Sierra Leonean surveillance officers, burial team members, laboratory technicians and data managers. The data in the SLED is from more than 500,000 alerts, burial and other patient records, creating the most complete collection of data from the 2014 – 2016 Ebola epidemic.” Based on this article and the other ones I was able to find, I don’t think this will be fully open. I think it will be available for researchers via the CDC.
Quartz: Uganda’s government is doubling down on its controversial social media tax. “After a brief review period, Ugandan regulators have decided to double down on both the decision to charge citizens a daily levy for access to social media, and the controversial reasoning behind it. Since July 1, Ugandans have been paying 200 Uganda shillings ($0.05) a day to use social media. Whoever didn’t pay was blocked from accessing sites and apps like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and 55 others. To get round the blockade, many people have been using virtual private networks rather than pay the social media tax.”