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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 […]

  • Permalink Herman Wasserman, Binchung Meng and Nick Couldry at LSE on 30 November 2016Gallery

    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 […]

  • Permalink PF supporters posing for a selfie during a political rally in Woodlands stadium, Lusaka Photo Credit: Wendy WillemsGallery

    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 […]

Mediating electoral conflict in Zimbabwe

Stanley Tsarwe and Admire Mare examine the media’s role in triggering political violence. This post is part of the African Elections series.

As part of a research grant provided by the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and the Social Science Research Council, we analysed the role of the media in Zimbabwe’s 2008 general elections. Our study contributes to the broader literature […]

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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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    African Countries Need to be More Savvy in their Dealings with the International Media

African Countries Need to be More Savvy in their Dealings with the International Media

LSE alumnus Waiswa Nkwanga argues that, in order to reduce the negative effects of international media exposure, African countries may have to copy the example of countries such as  North Korea.

North Korea is notorious for its tight control of the media, even during major humanitarian crises. During the great famine in North Korea (1994-98) in which an estimated 600,000 […]

Book Review: Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt by David Faris

Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age is essential reading for those interested in online activism, inasmuch as it provides a case study for Egypt as well as potentially for the rest of the world, writes Samaya Borom. This book tracks the rocky path taken by Egyptian bloggers operating in Mubarak s authoritarian regime to illustrate how the state monopoly on […]

August 14th, 2014|Conflict, Media|1 Comment|

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