Facebook is the main reason why fake news is here to stay

The bitter truth buried in recent headlines about how the political consulting company – Cambridge Analytica – used social media and messaging, primarily Facebook and WhatsApp, to try to sway voters in presidential elections in the US and Kenya is simply this: Facebook is the reason why fake news is here to…

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Egypt's government warns ISPs who ignore orders to block websites

Egypt's parliament has issued a warning to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the northern Afrikan country who ignore court orders issued by government to block certain websites. The websites in question are being blocked as part of Egypt's cybercrime bill as they, according to Egypt's authorities, present a national security…

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New social media and blogging regulations in Tanzania

Tanzania has finally signed into law their eyebrow raising new regulation that will govern social media and blogging. The regulation known as the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2017, was initially published by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and came into effect during March 2018. Among some…

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This project in Zimbabwe uses podcasts and SMS to educate farmers

Using podcasts and short message service (SMS) delivered to smallholder farmers is transforming farming production among rural Zimbabwe’s population, a project shows. The use of these technologies is cutting travelling distances and helping to increase agricultural yields and alleviating poverty, SciDev.Net heard during a field tour last month…

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Journalists could help stimulate the need for more research

A paradigm shift in journalism focusing on reporting news anchored on evidence-based solutions could change the media landscape and benefit in Africa more, a meeting has heard. Solution journalism — rigorous reporting about how people are responding to problems — has become necessary because of digital and broadcast news, according to the…

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