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    The Tyranny of Numbers on Social Media during Kenya’s 2017 Elections

The Tyranny of Numbers on Social Media during Kenya’s 2017 Elections

Noah Miller analyses whether the impact of social media on the 2017 Kenya elections has been exaggerated. This article is part of our African Elections series.

 

At a roundtable discussion about hate speech held at the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications a few days prior to Kenya’s August 8 2017 elections, I was asked if Kenya […]

Social media fuels tribal hate after #ElectionsKE

Verah Okeyo discusses how hashtags created as a tool for campaigning on social media became a forum to spread ethnic hatred. This article is part of our African Elections series.

 

Kenya’s internet penetration stands at 88 per cent, arguably the highest in Africa, a technological advantage that has been used in the recent general election to perpetuate tribal hate.

Hashtags that […]

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 […]

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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