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Investigations of an itinerant scholar, mostly trying to make sense of this crazy place called South Africa through data science and culture.

Parallels between social media misinformation campaigns in the USA and South Africa

Race and fear – the parallels between the USA experience and the South African experience are striking as far as disinformation (fake news) campaigns are concerned.

Analysis of 3 million tweets by Russian "trolls"

3 million Russian ‘troll’ tweets explored: lessons from the rest of the world.

Data analysis of South African Hip-Hop on Twitter

The only thing that South Africans love talking about more than politics is music, especially hip-hop. My articles are concerned with all things South African – politics, history, music, and culture; often analyzed through the lens of data. One of the biggest parts of our culture is our music, and the

Twitter Data Analysis Reveals A Tale Of Two Different Anti-Zuma March Narratives

The recent protest marches in response to President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle (see initial responses to that here) represent the largest mass action by South Africans since 1994. Whether or not you support the marches depends on your interpretation of the agenda behind them. After sifting through roughly 800,

Analysis Of Over 100,000 Tweets Of Reactions To South Africa's Cabinet Reshuffle

Our (South African) President has put us all through an emotional wringer over the past week and our country does not deserve it. The rollercoaster ride started with the unceremonious recall of former (I say this with deep regret and worry for my country) finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, from an

How South Africans Reacted To #SONA2017 On Twitter

The South African President's annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) is a highlight within the South African political calendar but for all the wrong reasons. Rather than a gathering that celebrates our country's progress, the SONA has become a battleground where opposition parties demonstrate their disdain for the ANC

The Evolution Of South African Politics As Witnessed Through Twitter

I’ve been researching South African politics on Twitter for several years now. As we start a new year, I thought it worth wrapping up some of the things that I’ve observed into a single post. Here then are my thoughts on how South African politics have evolved over