Technology

The Needs of Informal Workers Matter in Digital Innovation

LSE’s Laura Mann and Kate Meagher discuss a recent workshop held at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre from 26 to 30 September 2016, which addressed the challenges of digital inclusion for workers at the bottom of the pyramid.

Calls within the development community for more inclusive models of growth emphasise the need to incorporate informal workers and consumers into the […]

November 3rd, 2016|Development, Featured|4 Comments|

Uber is arriving now: Driving urban mobility in Africa

The Uber revolution has arrived. The ride-share app launched services in South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, and more recently in Uganda and Ghana. One of the biggest potential benefits of Uber in African cities could be to provide urban planners and authorities grappling with how to manage rapid urbanisation with access to data. The app collects substantial data on ride times, routes, and estimates of the supply and demand for paid transport. Astrid […]

September 12th, 2016|Economics, Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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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 […]

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    At the Intersection of Digital Economy and Industrial Policy in Africa

At the Intersection of Digital Economy and Industrial Policy in Africa

To coincide with the upcoming day-long workshop on Industrialisation in Africa on May 3 2016,  Laura Mann, from LSE’s International Development department offers her vision of what a more strategic approach to digital innovation might look like in African economies.

With the publication of UNECA’s excellent new report on Transformative Industrial Policy for Africa and with the release of […]

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    WhatsApp, Facebook and pakapaka: Digital lives in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda

WhatsApp, Facebook and pakapaka: Digital lives in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda

LSE’s Savita Bailur and Emrys Schoemaker explore how young people in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda use mobile internet.

“I am into like this video editing … wedding programs, wedding invitation, I do it for them like it’s in a form of video so I use my mobile phone. And I have this app, I have [put] some of the jobs […]

Technology could prove to be a gamechanger for Africa

In the fourth of a series of articles ahead of the 2016 LSE Africa Summit which will explore the themes of Challenging Conventions and Thinking Beyond Investment, Samuel Baker examines the potential technology has to boost Africa’s growth.

It is predicted that Africa’s population will peak at a quarter of the world’s population by 2050. Despite a rapidly growing population, […]

Social Media Lockdown and Elections in Uganda

With the increasingly popularity of the internet for political communication and mobilisation, Donnas Ojok examines the factors behind the social media lockdown during the 2016 general elections in Uganda.

“Your inability to use social media for political mobilisation in Uganda today is at your own peril” a senior Uganda government communications advisor warned politicians and civil society activists during […]

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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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