Mali's Internet shutdown on the eve of elections

On the eve of the presidential run-off elections on 11 August 2018, authorities in Mali went ahead to restrict Internet access in the country. The Internet shutdown has been confirmed by on the ground reports from people in Bamako and Gao Internet users living in Bamako or Gao. Mali is…

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We need to stop using the term "fake news"

During a recent press conference in the UK, Donald Trump shut down a reporter from the news network he loves to hate. “CNN is fake news – I don’t take questions from CNN,” he said, moving swiftly on to a reporter from Fox News. It’s easy to think that…

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Vicious online propaganda war is being waged in Zimbabwe

Fake news is on the upsurge as Zimbabwe gears up for its watershed elections on 30 July. Mobile internet and social media have become vehicles for spreading a mix of fake news, rumour, hatred, disinformation and misinformation. This has happened because there are no explicit official rules on the use…

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How Afrika tweets during elections

The latest "How Africa Tweets 2018" report by Portland, an international strategic communications agency, has revealed that during elections in Afrikan countries, over 50% of those tweeting about them are from outside the country where elections are taking place. The report, which is in its 4th edition, analyzed thousands of…

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Who owns the moon?

Edwin E. ‘Buzz’ Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. Neil A. Armstrong/NASA/AP Photo Most likely, this is the best-known picture of a flag ever taken: Buzz Aldrin standing next to…

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This is what happens when you Google the word "idiot"

In a confusing week as far as politics in the USA are concerned, it turns out when you search for the word "idiot" on Google, images of US President, Donald Trump, are returned as search results. Even more interesting is that the results are different when you search for "idiot"…

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