National Accord Newspaper: Ethiopia experiences Internet blackout after musician Haacaaluu shot dead

National Accord Newspaper: Ethiopia experiences Internet blackout after musician Haacaaluu shot dead. “A blanket shutdown of the Internet in Ethiopia is being reported by Access Now, an organisation defending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. This came hours after prominent and outspoken Oromo musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead in Addis Abeba, the country’s capital. There have also been reports – via social media – of people taking to the streets demanding justice.”

TechCabal: >COVID-19 is quietly threatening the future of Nigeria’s news media

TechCabal: COVID-19 is quietly threatening the future of Nigeria’s news media. “As print media becomes more expensive to operate, news publications are switching to the internet. Fortunately, online news consumption is high thanks to the pandemic and virus control measures. Internet service providers say data subscription has spiked as more people stay at home. By recently increasing their digital footprints, news publications are competing for an even smaller online revenue stream. Google and Facebook dominate the online advertising business. Nigerian news media, like other countries, have no leverage capable of getting these platforms to fork out a greater part of their revenue.”

PLOS Blogs: African countries set the tone in technological innovation to fight COVID-19

PLOS Blogs- Your Say: African countries set the tone in technological innovation to fight COVID-19. “Africa is not weak. Africa has been fighting terrible diseases for centuries and continues to battle infectious pathogens on a daily basis. Necessity is the mother of invention, and Africa has always had an abundance of young energy, materials, and optimism- COVID19 has just set this into overdrive. With Africa having over 25,000 confirmed cases, home-grown innovation has been the driving force behind the fight against COVID19 on many parts of the continent. To fully allow this raw potential to be definitive, now is the time for the world to recognize Africa in more egalitarian terms rooted in equity and freedom. This includes the revision of the global economic policies that currently deprive African nations of significant financial resources.”

From Africa to the World: Connecting African innovators and ideas to industry (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: From Africa to the World: Connecting African innovators and ideas to industry. “The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) today announced the launch of an innovative platform for African innovators to connect with partners who can provide funding, help them scale-up and commercialize their innovations or promote their uptake in policy. The Grand Challenges Africa Innovation Network GCAiN “will provide innovators with the resources they need to succeed. This includes mentors, potential new markets and funding,” said Dr Moses Alobo, Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa) Programme Manager.”

Operation Carthage: How a Tunisian company conducted influence operations in African presidential elections (Atlantic Council)

Atlantic Council: Operation Carthage: How a Tunisian company conducted influence operations in African presidential elections. “A Tunisia-based company operated a sophisticated digital campaign involving multiple social media platforms and websites in an attempt to influence the country’s 2019 presidential election, as well as other recent elections in Africa. In an exclusive investigation that began in September 2019, the DFRLab uncovered dozens of online assets with connections to Tunisian digital communications firm UReputation.”

Modern Ghana: Experts On Africa Seek Specialists To Bring African Expertise Closer To International Conversations

Modern Ghana: Experts On Africa Seek Specialists To Bring African Expertise Closer To International Conversations. “Experts on Africa, an initiative by What’s in it for Africa, launches its call for applications [June 2]. In search of specialists with sector expertise across the fields of Health, Trade, History, Literature, and more to be part of a one-stop-shop database to profile African expertise. The database will launch in early 2021.”

CNN: The pandemic could be a turning point for online shopping in Africa

CNN: The pandemic could be a turning point for online shopping in Africa. “Covid-19 has brought untold hardship to Africa, but lockdowns are also driving a move to online shopping in a continent where it has been slow to take off. The whole of Africa had only around 21 million online shoppers in 2017 — about the same number as Spain. That’s less than 2% of the world’s total, according to the latest UN data.”

Coronavirus in Africa: Outbreak ‘accelerating’ across continent (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus in Africa: Outbreak ‘accelerating’ across continent. “The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating in Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The WHO’s Africa regional director Matshidiso Moeti said it was spreading beyond capital cities and that a lack of tests and other supplies was hampering responses. But she said that it did not seem as if severe cases and deaths were being missed by authorities.”

COVID-19: A camel library takes remote learning to new levels (ReliefWeb)

ReliefWeb: COVID-19: A camel library takes remote learning to new levels. “A camel library is giving children out of school in some of Ethiopia’s most remote villages a unique opportunity to continue reading and learning, despite COVID-19 school closures. Save the Children first began the camel library in 2010. The programme includes 21 camels, which are traditionally used by communities in the Somali region of Ethiopia to transport goods across the hot lowland areas. Camels can carry up to 200 storybooks at a time in wooden boxes strapped to their backs. The project currently reaches over 22,000 children in 33 villages.”

FEATURE-As lockdown fuels food shortages, Africa goes online for groceries (Reuters)

Reuters: FEATURE-As lockdown fuels food shortages, Africa goes online for groceries. “In many African countries, measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 have made it harder for people to access affordable, nutritious foods, sparking warnings from aid groups that the pandemic will worsen malnutrition rates. An estimated 73 million people in Africa are already acutely food insecure, noted Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa in a press release last month.”

TSA Art Magazine: German Museum Organises a Digital Initiative for Looted Benin Bronzes and Artifacts

TSA Art Magazine: German Museum Organises a Digital Initiative for Looted Benin Bronzes and Artifacts. “>German art institution, Museum am Rothenbaum (MARKK) in Hamburg with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, is setting up an international project that will digitally unite the globally dispersed works of art from the former Kingdom of Benin. Tagged Digital Benin, and involving German, Nigerian, European and American experts, the project aims to bring together object data and related documentation material from collections worldwide and provide the long-requested overview of the royal artworks looted in the 19th century.”

The Conversation: How the coronavirus increases terrorism threats in the developing world

The Conversation: How the coronavirus increases terrorism threats in the developing world. “As the coronavirus reaches developing countries in Africa and Asia, the pandemic will have effects beyond public health and economic activity. As the disease wreaks its havoc in areas poorly equipped to handle its spread, terrorism likely will increase there as well. We are political scientists who study the developing world and political conflict. Our recently published research identifies a potential link between the pandemic and an uptick in violence. We find that food insecurity – the lack of both financial and physical access to nutritious food, which leads to malnutrition and undernourishment in a population – makes citizens angry at their governments.”

The Guardian: Lesotho records first coronavirus case a week after lifting lockdown

The Guardian: Lesotho records first coronavirus case a week after lifting lockdown. “One of the few places in the world to remain apparently free of coronavirus has recorded its first case. The government of Lesotho said on Wednesday there is now a likelihood that more cases could be recorded before the end of the week after the Ministry of Health said it was awaiting results for 301 cases where tests had been done and sent to neighbouring South Africa.”

Coronavirus: Which African countries are ahead on testing? (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Which African countries are ahead on testing?. “Testing plays a major role in the response to the coronavirus, as it helps us understand how far the disease has spread. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which co-ordinates pandemic responses across the continent, says there is a large gap in testing rates between nations. So which countries are succeeding in testing, and which are lagging behind?”