Technology Transforming Elections in Africa

This article is a follow up to a previous article on ‘The Influence of Technology on Governance in Africa‘ in which we observed how technology is shaping how governments operate, how citizens expect their governments to operate, and the interaction between government and citizenry. We summarized the impact of technology on the ‘citizen’ (people) side […]

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Kenya’s Propensity to Crowdsource

About two weeks ago, following a strike by transport operators in Kenya, residents of the capital city Nairobi resorted to social media to solve the problem. The hashtag #CarPoolKE was a result of an emergent self-organised effort by Twitter users around Nairobi to find alternate transport to their destinations. The Kenya Red Cross amplified the […]

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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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Doing Tech Business in Africa: A Few Lessons from Twitter's Rise in Africa

Very recently Portland Communications released some data from research carried to find out about the usage of Twitter in Africa. The report was received quite well and received some notable attention across the web. Much of what has been written has looked mostly at just the implications of the research on primarily social media and it’s use […]

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Africa Tech Innovation Pulse Check

Innovation is a change in the thought process for doing something, or the useful application of new inventions or discoveries. It may refer to an incremental emergent or radical and revolutionary changes in thinking, products, processes, or organizations. … In the recent past a growing meme in Africa has been that of the rise of innovation centers […]

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Get a discount on Quirk Social Media workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Grab your colleagues and friends, because Quirk Education, the leading provider of digital marketing education, is offering a 50% group buying discount for two exclusive Social Media workshops being held at the end of July – one in Cape Town and one in Jozi. Quirk Education specialises in online learning and has mastered this method […]

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KuweniSerious: Fighting the Evil Forces of Apathy

KuweniSerious was started by three young Kenyans in the wake of the Kenyan post election violence back in 2007/08. Just like the founders of the famed Ushahidi, these young people thought there was more that could be done than just lamenting at the situation. KuweniSerious literally means ‘Be Serious!’, ‘Get Real’! Which is exactly what […]

Read more is social media signal tracking 100% built by Nigerians

Originally posted on Web Trends Nigeria: Ever thought of how cumbersome it is to manage your social network accounts? Say you have 4000 friends on Facebook, you are following 1000 on twitter and you want to track updates from key people in your network, how do you do it? Social media on it’s own could be […]

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Whive Announces Twitter Platform

Kenyan startup, Whive, is announcing a platform based on Twitter that allows users to send free SMS. We got this from them: Whive is pleased to announce the launch of a Twitter Application. This is a follow up tour Facebook Application which has been in use for 3 months. We would like to make it […]

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New Proposed Kenyan Legislation for Media and Communications Bodies

A critical component for a vibrant culture of innovation (startup culture) is the existence of sound legislation to create a suitable and enabling environment for individuals and groups to pursue creative, innovative and enterprising initiatives. The recent promulgation of a new constitution in Kenya is demanding the establishment of new legislation under the new constitutional […]

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