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Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of 2016

It is that time of the year when we stop to take stock of the last 12 months and we are happy to present the best-read @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2016, as voted by you with your clicks. If you missed any of these, here is your opportunity to catch up!

Gambia continues to defy existing political norms on the […]

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    Chinese Media in Africa: Expansion, Perceptions and Receptions

Chinese Media in Africa: Expansion, Perceptions and Receptions

LSE masters student Linet Juma reports on a lecture by  Prof Herman Wasserman from University of Cape Town at LSE on 28 November 2016

China’s involvement and investment in Africa has intensified in the past few years eliciting a lot of focus and research on China-Africa relations.  While this can be written off by some as simply investment, in the context […]

December 15th, 2016|Featured, Media|1 Comment|
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    Beyond Free Basics: Facebook, data bundles and Zambia’s social media internet

Beyond Free Basics: Facebook, data bundles and Zambia’s social media internet

In the final article of a series looking at the role of digital technology and social media in Zambia’s recent elections, LSE’s Wendy Willems argues that mobile data bundles are crucial to the growing power of social media platforms in Zambia, increasingly creating a ‘social media internet’. They also pose a number of political challenges to mobile operators and […]

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    Facebook live-streaming, drones and swag selfies: youth culture and visual social media in #ZambiaDecides

Facebook live-streaming, drones and swag selfies: youth culture and visual social media in #ZambiaDecides

Digital technology is transforming the way in which elections are held globally, including on the African continent. With young voters comprising a substantial part of the electorate, political campaigning is increasingly shifting online. As LSE’s Wendy Willems argues in the second article of a series about the role of digital technology and social media in Zambia’s recent elections, political […]

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    Social media, platform power and (mis)information in Zambia’s recent elections

Social media, platform power and (mis)information in Zambia’s recent elections

In this series of three articles, LSE’s Wendy Willems examines the role of digital technology and social media in Zambia’s recent elections. She situates this within the broader context of the African continent where both governments and mobile phone operators face a growing number of economic and political dilemmas in relation to the rise of social media.
 

Open-source, purpose-built digital […]

Mobilising through Social Media: The Case of South Africa

In the second of a series of articles ahead of the 2016 LSE Africa Summit, Corey Holmes explores the power of social media to mobilise against disenfranchisement.

South Africa has always been a protesting nation that would fight for a righteous cause. The Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 when blacks refused to carry passbooks in their own country, or the Soweto Uprisings […]

February 11th, 2016|Education, Featured, Media|3 Comments|
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    #Technology – Looking Back, Going Forward: LSE Academics Reflect on 2015 and Look Ahead to 2016

#Technology – Looking Back, Going Forward: LSE Academics Reflect on 2015 and Look Ahead to 2016

LSE academics reflect on a key story of 2015 along with what they expect from 2016.
Dr Laura Mann – Assistant Professor, Department of International Development
If we focus on the biggest news stories of 2015 and 2016, we may miss important developments that do not make it into the news. I research the impact of information and communication technologies on […]

January 1st, 2016|Featured, Media|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East: Changing Selves, Changing Societies Edited by Ineke Buskens and Anne Webb

Book Review: Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East: Changing Selves, Changing Societies Edited by Ineke Buskens and Anne Webb

While the empirical account of Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East is evocative and revealing, LSE’s Atta Addo writes that the brevity of the articles made it difficult to assess the rigour of the studies.

The volume reports on twenty-one research projects undertaken in fourteen African and Middle Eastern countries by the Gender Research in Africa and […]

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    Online media in Africa: a new powerful public sphere to counter stereotypes

Online media in Africa: a new powerful public sphere to counter stereotypes

LSE MSc student Anaelle Azoulay shares her reflections on Sean Jacobs’s Public Lecture ‘Shifting African Digital Landscapes’ on 17 March 2015.

 

Remember Kony 2012? A short film launched by Invisible Children that went viral by trying to expose Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony and get him arrested. While the intention was laudable, the campaign came under valid criticisms. The much […]

April 3rd, 2015|Media|0 Comments|

It’s Time to Change the Africa Narrative

Ashish Thakkar, Founder of the Mara Group and the Mara Foundation argues that the Western media has outdated and incorrect beliefs about Africa.

I recently watched the BBC documentary, “Rwanda: The Untold Story” which first aired on October 1st, 2014. For those of us who have lived through the 1994 genocide, the documentary is quite puzzling. As a lifelong fan […]

February 5th, 2015|Media|1 Comment|

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