EDITORIAL: Why Africa should worry about new Twitter policies (Garowe Online)

Garowe Online: EDITORIAL: Why Africa should worry about new Twitter policies. “In Somalia, where information sharing has been traditionally oral, Twitter offered government officials the to narrate events, receive flak or praise from citizens, and debate on issues around security, culture, and economy…. Nothing could hurt Africa more than a dilution of a platform people have come to see as credible, available, and free and which has challenged authorities in most autocracies to conform or at least pretend to.”

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.”