TorrentFreak: Kenyan Govt. Protests as National Anthem Hit With YouTube Copyright Complaint

TorrentFreak: Kenyan Govt. Protests as National Anthem Hit With YouTube Copyright Complaint. “The Kenyan Department of Justice has aired its displeasure after a video on YouTube featuring the country’s national anthem was hit by a copyright complaint. UK-based De Wolfe Music is claiming to be the owner of the track, which is actually in the public domain.”

Quartz: Facebook is launching fact-checking tools in Africa—but WhatsApp is its real problem

Quartz: Facebook is launching fact-checking tools in Africa—but WhatsApp is its real problem. “The company announced today (Oct. 3) that it would work with independent fact-checking organization Africa Check along with the French news agency AFP to assess news accuracy and stem the flood of misinformation. If a story is identified as false, Facebook will demote them in the news feed and will warn users who try to post those stories. As part of the review and rating process, the company will also share related pieces written by the fact-checking partners immediately below the story in the news feed.”

Institute of Development Studies: New online hub focuses on countering violent extremism in Kenya

Institute of Development Studies: New online hub focuses on countering violent extremism in Kenya. “Launched today in Nairobi, a new online hub focusing on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Kenya hopes to connect researchers, practitioners and policymakers. The Countering Violent Extremism Research Hub, a collaboration between the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS) and the Institute of Development Studies, will collect CVE resources in an online library to support high-quality research, exchange of ideas and a multi-sector network.”

Think Geoenergy: Kenya Database on Public Private Partnership Projects features three geothermal projects

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.”

G9IGA: Kenya to use Alphabet’s balloons for rural internet

G9IGA: Kenya to use Alphabet’s balloons for rural internet. “Kenya will use Alphabet Inc’s system of balloons to beam high-speed internet access in hopes of connecting more of its rural population to the web, its ICT Minister said on Thursday. Known as ‘Project Loon’, the technology was developed by Alphabet’s X, the company’s innovation lab.”

What’s Up with WhatsApp: The Widespread Use of WhatsApp in Political Campaigning in the Global South (Tactical Tech)

Tactical Tech: What’s Up with WhatsApp: The Widespread Use of WhatsApp in Political Campaigning in the Global South. “The past few years have seen WhatsApp become an increasingly powerful and influential tool for political campaigns in the Global South. For many people in the Global North, it may come as a surprise that participation in large WhatsApp groups constitutes the majority of online communication for many users in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. While WhatsApp helps politicians reach voters and constituents in areas that don’t otherwise have access to the internet, it also extends the reach and primacy of Facebook (who own the platform) in the democratic process in these countries. This article reveals some of the many ways WhatsApp is being deployed as a major part of the political process in countries including Brazil, Colombia, Kenya and Malaysia.”

Xinhuanet: Kenya hails collaboration with China to preserve cultural, natural heritage

Xinhuanet: Kenya hails collaboration with China to preserve cultural, natural heritage. “Kenya on Tuesday hailed a robust collaboration with China to promote the preservation of the East African nation’s cultural and natural heritage. Hassan Noor Hassan, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) at the Ministry of Sports and Heritage, said Nairobi is already benefiting from the partnership with China to help conserve the country’s rich culture and biodiversity.”