The Influence of Technology on Governance (in Africa)

Kenya Tweets, a Kenyan social media research and consultancy firm recently released the first of several reports investigating the use of Twitter by various presidential candidates ahead of the 2013 national elections. This first report (a mini-report really) investigates Martha Karua’s engagement on Twitter: mentions, hashtags, sentiment analysis, key words used in tweets by her […]

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Online Reputation Management in Africa: A Compelling Case for Business, Government & the Consumer

Naazneen Parkar is an independent Online Reputation Analyst from Kenya with experience across the web with key focus on Kenya, South Africa and more recently Canada. Naazneen has a passion in the tourism industry and more importantly the link between online marketing and tourism. Digital and its benefits are not new to any of us. […]

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From Open Data to Open Action

“The thing to remember is, Human beings do not socialize in a completely random way. There’s a tangible reason for us being together, that ties us together. Again, that reason is called the Social Object.” Hugh MacLeod The Open Government Partnership declaration commits members to support civic participation in addition to making data on government […]

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How not to launch a Data.gov

I woke up this morning at 4am US West Coast time because I went to bed very early in anticipation of some early morning phone calls to East Africa. Checking my twitter stream I saw that the Tanzania Government had launched a Open Data website initiative (Kiswahili) along the same lines as guided and launched […]

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The Africa Tech Parks & Cities Arms Race- Is it worth it?

One of the most debated topics in IT innovation industrial policy is the place of tech parks and cities catalysed by African Government’s role in helping lay down important infrastructure. Kenya’s Konza Tech city is slated to cost $7B. Tanzania’s Rhapta’s city is meant to cost maybe $1B or so. I even got wind of […]

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Kenya e-Gov Conference 2011

Looking forward into 2011, there are already some interesting events planned for different areas of the continent. Of course, Lagos, Nigeria is all set to host the biggest mobile web conference in Africa – Mobile Web West Africa. In many African states governance is a major issue, and Kenya is set to hold an e-Governance […]

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