The Art Newspaper: Why Africa’s future museums should forget Western models

The Art Newspaper: Why Africa’s future museums should forget Western models. “Museums on the African continent are still held hostage to an unequal push-me pull-you trade in culture and commodities that is underpinned by class-based neo-liberal politics. With Zeitz MOCAA, for example, European real estate entrepreneurs have transformed the historical harbour into a seamless merger between the lucrative experience of shopping and the fashionable consumption of art…. That is perhaps where the challenge lies for museums in both Africa and Europe. In an art world in which mercantilism and activism lock horns, the time is ripe for artists and not only curators to reconfigure what can actually be done within the walls of a museum.”

‘Numbers don’t lie’: The team ‘Counting Dead Women’ in Kenya (Christian Science Monitor)

Christian Science Monitor: ‘Numbers don’t lie’: The team ‘Counting Dead Women’ in Kenya. “For years, whenever Kathomi Gatwiri complained that violence against women in her home country of Kenya was out of control, she got used to hearing the same response: prove it. So at the beginning of 2019, the academic and one of her best friends from college, Audrey Mugeni, decided they would do exactly that. They set up Facebook and Twitter pages called ‘Counting Dead Woman – Kenya’ and dedicated themselves to a grim project: creating an online archive.”

iAfrikan: Online web browsing logs of over 1 million people across Africa leaked

iAfrikan: Online web browsing logs of over 1 million people across Africa leaked. “A South African technology company, Conor, has suffered a data breach that exposed the web browsing details of over 1 million people in South Africa. This comes after an unencrypted database containing over 890 GB of Internet browsing log data of people’s online activities was discovered by security researchers on the Internet.”

Los Angeles Times: ‘Fake news’ has killed Nigerians. Can a bill stop the violence?

Los Angeles Times: ‘Fake news’ has killed Nigerians. Can a bill stop the violence?. “Authorities say the rapid spread of misleading information has taken lives. But some fear the proposed cure would mostly be a pretext to stifle dissent.”

GhanaWeb: Meet the 14-year-old boy who is revolutionizing education in Ghana

GhanaWeb: Meet the 14-year-old boy who is revolutionizing education in Ghana. “Kelvin [Amaniampong] is the co-founder of Scrolbooks – an eLearning platform that seeks to be the nation’s biggest free digital library. Kelvin comes from Akim Manso in the Eastern Region of Ghana and he studies Pure Science in Ghana Senior High School, Koforidua.”

Phys .org: Novel mobile app could help to reduce sexual violence in Kenya

Phys .org: Novel mobile app could help to reduce sexual violence in Kenya. “Working with the Wangu Kanja Foundation (WKF), researchers are piloting ‘MobApp’ across Kenya. The WKF had developed MobApp to help fellow survivors support people through reporting, documenting and tracking new cases of sexual violence.”

The Africa Report: China’s new Twitter diplomacy in Africa used to challenge US critics

The Africa Report: China’s new Twitter diplomacy in Africa used to challenge US critics. “After many years of silence, Chinese envoys are now finding their voice… on Twitter. The Chinese government’s rapid adoption of Twitter over the past several months now appears to be entering a new phase as envoys across the continent are using the social media platform to launch much more pointed attacks against the United States and other critics.”