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    Dialling democracy: mobile phones and political participation in Ghana

Dialling democracy: mobile phones and political participation in Ghana

Following the extraordinary rise of mobile phone use in Ghana over the last decade, LSE alumnus Andrew Small examines its potential impact on democracy in the West African country.

In November 2012, weeks before their country’s general election, Ghanaians began to receive text messages from a familiar, but unexpected name.

“My Dear Friend”, one read. “[Our] Govt has distributed over 3 […]

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    Book Review: African Modernities and Mobilities: An Historical Ethnography of Kom, Cameroon, C. 1800-2008 by Walter Gam Nkwi

Book Review: African Modernities and Mobilities: An Historical Ethnography of Kom, Cameroon, C. 1800-2008 by Walter Gam Nkwi

LSE’s Jordan Vieira concludes that the book African Modernities and Mobilities is a sound contribution to understanding of Cameroon.

In his first published academic book, Walter Gam Nkwi takes the reader through a richly discussed history of his native Kom in the Bamenda Grasslands of present day Northwest Cameroon. An incarnation of the author’s doctoral thesis, the work is accessible […]

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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 […]

Off the Hook: Can Mobile Phones Help with Statebuilding?

Mareike Schomerus and Anouk S. Rigterink examine the links between phones, information, voting, political participation and government accountability.

Lady Gaga thinks the telephone is pretty much a one-way street: “Call all you want, but there’s no one home—and you’re not gonna reach my telephone,” she sings, together with Beyoncé in the aptly-named song “Telephone”. The two might have a point […]

June 9th, 2015|Development|0 Comments|

What aerospace technology can do for Africa

LSE PfAL Fellow Scott Firsing argues that aerospace technology is the way forward for many African countries.

Mobile phones revolutionised Africa. From the simple ability to communicate or to access the Internet or online banking, today most Africans cannot function without one or more mobile devices.

The majority of this access comes from satellites. In fact, I am writing this article […]

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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|

Book Review: Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafés of urban Ghana by Jenna Burrell

The urban youth frequenting the internet cafes of Ghana use the internet largely as a way to orchestrate encounters across distance and to amass foreign ties; activities once limited to the wealthy, university-educated classes. The internet has become for these youths a means of enacting a more cosmopolitan self. In Invisible Users, Jenna Burrell offers a richly observed account of […]

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