Internet privacy issues have been simmering for a while

The world erupted in righteous indignation after it was revealed that Facebook had inadvertently allowed a researcher to harvest personally identifying information belonging to millions of users, a large percentage of whom were unknowingly affected, courtesy of loopholes in the enforcement of policies and regulation of Mark Zuckerberg’s most…

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Facebook's new music services

Facebook has announced the availability of two new music related services, namely Lip Sync Live and the ability for Facebook users to include music with copyright to the videos they upload on the social media platform. Lip Sync Live is a karaoke type service that will allow Facebook users to…

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Uganda approves social media and mobile money tax law

Uganda's parliamentarians have approved the proposed law to tax social media users and mobile money. The approval came after the presentation of a report of Uganda's finance committee regarding suggestions presented by the government through the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill. The social media tax is expected to be implemented in…

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Using social media to change the narrative about Afrika

Social media platforms are providing Africans with an opportunity to counter negative stereotypes by giving them representational agency. More and more Africans use the internet. By the end of 2000 the continent had a total of 4,514,400 users. Seventeen years later it had increased to 453,329,534,…

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Online activism in Egypt

With the advent of the Internet, the amount of information which is available at the press of a button has increased exponentially. Due to this massive increase in users, services and data, people can only consume a fraction of the information they are bombarded with on a daily basis. All…

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Kenyans need a license to post videos online

A new law is set to come into effect from 28 May 2018 in Kenya regarding the publishing and broadcasting of any videos for public consumption. Specifically, the Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) states that, according to the law, anyone in Kenya broadcasting any videos for public viewing (including…

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