BBC: The student putting Ghana’s lost archives online

BBC: The student putting Ghana’s lost archives online. “Kuukuwa Manful is undertaking a project to digitise one of Ghana’s archive stores that mostly contains old planning permissions and blueprints. Kuukuwa, who is a PhD candidate at SOAS University in London, received a grant for the work and says that some of the documents date back to the late 1800s.” Mostly (well-captioned) video, less than 3 minutes.

The Verge: Self-flying drones are helping speed deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana

The Verge: Self-flying drones are helping speed deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana. “The threat of COVID-19 has prompted many countries to draft new and emerging technologies to fight the pandemic, with the latest example taking flight in Ghana. This month, COVID-19 vaccines were delivered by drone for the first time in the West African nation, allowing the medicine to reach remote areas underserved by traditional logistics.”

Stanford Cyber Policy Center: Who Are the President of Guinea’s Facebook Trolls? The Blurry Line Between Modern Campaigning and Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

Stanford Cyber Policy Center: Who Are the President of Guinea’s Facebook Trolls? The Blurry Line Between Modern Campaigning and Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior. “The West African country of Guinea will hold a crucial presidential election in October 2020 that will determine whether President Alpha Condé will extend his rule into a second decade, or whether Guinea will undergo its first-ever democratic transition of power. The election also has significant economic implications for Guinea’s international investors. In the runup to this election, we identified a network of 94 Facebook Pages that exhibited coordinated behavior in support of Condé and his party.”

BBC: Ghanaian Covid-19-inspired fashion wax-print designs launched

BBC: Ghanaian Covid-19-inspired fashion wax-print designs launched. “The new fabrics have symbols like padlocks, keys and planes to reflect some of the measures implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus. Wax prints are popular in Ghana, many office workers wear them on Fridays.” Those of you who read ResearchBuzz know that if I see something I don’t know about, I go looking for background. Slate has an extensive background on wax prints.

Tech Voice Africa: Hacklab Foundation Launches Open Database to Facilitate COVID-19 Combat Project Collaboration

Tech Voice Africa: Hacklab Foundation Launches Open Database to Facilitate COVID-19 Combat Project Collaboration. “The Hacklab Foundation has launched an Open Database to facilitate the collaboration between teams, individuals and organizations working of projects aimed at alleviating COVID-19 in Ghana. This open database will address the challenge of project duplication, access to financing and speed to market. Funding organizations can quickly browse through projects and reach out directly to collaborate. Countries seeking similar innovations to combat COVID-19 can also reference this database for free.”

CNN: Russian election meddling is back — via Ghana and Nigeria — and in your feeds

CNN: Russian election meddling is back — via Ghana and Nigeria — and in your feeds. “The Russian trolls are back — and once again trying to poison the political atmosphere in the United States ahead of this year’s elections. But this time they are better disguised and more targeted, harder to identify and track. And they have found an unlikely home, far from Russia itself.”

The hidden costs of social media use in elections: A Ghana case study (The Conversations)

The Conversation: The hidden costs of social media use in elections: A Ghana case study. “These more inconspicuous costs of social media campaigns are evident in Ghana, a country that boasts a stable party system, closely fought elections, and regular peaceful transfers of power. We recently conducted research on the role of social media in politics in the country. We found that the significance of social media is far greater than internet penetration figures alone would suggest. Politicians are investing heavily in the space and this is having a number of subversive effects.”

Entervarsity: Your ultimate University search engine goes live (GhanaWeb)

GhanaWeb: Entervarsity: Your ultimate University search engine goes live. “Ghana’s path to progress has conventionally depended heavily on its schools, colleges and universities – and today, that’s truer than ever. It is, however, difficult to find a centralized information source on Ghana’s higher education ecosystem. This is where Entervarsity comes in. Entervarsity is a universities search service that provides information on academics and advice for anyone looking to progress to a higher education institution in Ghana.”