Africa Times: Airwars site launch tracks U.S. in Somalia, amid claims of another civilian death

Africa Times: Airwars site launch tracks U.S. in Somalia, amid claims of another civilian death. “There’s a new online database from Airwars, a not-for-profit project based at the University of London that tracks international military actions and assesses harm to civilian populations in Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Syria. The organization is now tracking incidents in Somalia, with an emphasis on how United States drone strikes used in the fight against al-Shabaab may be responsible for civilian deaths and injuries.”

Gulf News: The past will be the future

Gulf News: The past will be the future. “[Yusuf] Shegow is the founder of Somali Architecture, a project that digitally recreates buildings and monuments from Mogadishu’s pre-war age, presenting a positive vision of a city that was once a flourishing economic and cultural capital — and could be again. Their work includes an ambitious set of 3D digital models of prominent buildings now largely destroyed, created by Shegow after years of archival research.”

Quartz: Somaliland is blocking social media to keep its election free of “fake news”

Quartz: Somaliland is blocking social media to keep its election free of “fake news”. “Somaliland, the self-declared republic in northwestern Somalia, has announced it will restrict access to social media sites during its upcoming presidential elections. The electoral commission has asked phone companies to block more than a dozen social media outlets in order to limit hate speech and ‘fake news’. It includes Facebook, Twitter,WhatsApp, Snapchat, Viber, Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn, Duo, Google Plus, among others.”

Xinhua: Somali government bars ministers from using social media

Xinhua: Somali government bars ministers from using social media. “Somali Prime Minister Hassan Khaire has ordered his ministers to avoid using the social media to comment on sensitive political developments. Khaire also warned ministers against communication with media without seeking clearance from his office.”