Politics

Total 133 Posts

Internet shutdowns are negatively affecting millions of Ethiopians

Internet shutdowns are not unusual in Ethiopia. Since 2016 the internet has been shut down at least six times. In 2019 alone, Ethiopia experienced three major internet disruptions across the country.

Many government websites are rarely updated

Demand for information usually informs how it is supplied, especially from governments. While there are many documents and policy papers that various government offices are supposed to supply periodically, most of them are usually not posted online.

Radio in Ghana went from a mouthpiece of politicians to a voice of the people

Even in the age of social media, the majority of people in Ghana still listen to radio. There has been a steady rise in radio production in Ghana over the past 20 years.

We are prone to dismissing facts that don’t fit our worldview

Whether in situations relating to scientific consensus, economic history or current political events, denialism has its roots in what psychologists call 'motivated reasoning.'

South Africa to start regulating e-cigarettes

The number of users of e-cigarettes in South Africa is likely to grow and there are health risks associated with them. Now is probably the time to act and regulate e-cigarettes in South Africa.

Government regulation of digital technology or content is a slippery slope

The problem with allowing governments to ban, block, or regulate digital content is that they ultimately find a way to use that law to ban content that is actually not extremist nor terrorist but it criticizes them and they don’t like it.

Cambridge Analytica's elections interference in Nigeria and Kenya

There’s a growing awareness that Cambridge Analytica harnessed social media and personal data to influence elections including in countries such as Kenya and Nigeria.