Politics

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Meet the 'varakashi' - Zimbabwe's online army

'Varakashi', which is the word for ‘destroyers’ in the Shona language is also the name of Zimbabwe's online army that spreads false information and fights online against any criticism of President Emerson Mnangagwa and his government.

Algorithms can help us detect fake news

Have you ever read something online and shared it among your networks, only to find out it was false? Using machine learning and natural language processing, researchers are developing an algorithm that can distinguish between real and fake news articles.

Museveni sued for blocking student on Twitter

In a case filed at the High Court in Kampala, a Ugandan student studying at Harvard University is suing President Yoweri Museveni for blocking him on Twitter. He alleges that one of the few ways to keep up with politics Uganda is through the social media platform.

The Nigerian entrepreneurial spirit and the fear of poverty

At the heart of the Nigerian entrepreneurial spirit is not a burning desire for innovation or to take on the risks in pursuit of the limitless possibilities. At the heart is a deep, fundamental fear of poverty.

Kenya’s proposed new digital tax targets Big Tech

Kenya's government is looking to introduce a tax for companies such as Google, Facebook, Netflix and more for all the income they generate in the country. However, already Google has stated that Kenya risks evoking trade wars.

Uganda and Rwanda agree to unblock news websites

Rwanda and Uganda have agreed to unblock news websites of each others country's. This follows President Kagame and President Museveni signing a peace agreement in Angola to end a 2 year diplomatic stand-off.

Don’t ban new technologies

Silicon Valley’s CEOs aren’t always sympathetic characters. and “disruption” really can be disruptive. However, banning new emerging technologies is not the solution.