Stories about Technology from June, 2015
Storipot: A News Aggregator for Ugandan Blogs
Keep up to date with news and conversations on Ugandan blogosphere through Storipot, a news aggregator created by Dignited: Storipot is a News aggregator that provides you with headlines of the latest stories (“Feeds”) curated from websites and blogs by or about Uganda. Storipot helps you filter through the noise...
Can Social Media Create a Lasting Impact in Uganda?
"It beats my understanding when I sometimes visit the IT ministry website and it is down. I don’t get it."
The Internet, a Staging Post for Protests in Ecuador, Is Under Threat
Participants in recent protests in Ecuador accuse government of illegally signal jamming communication between protestors. Peer-to-peer apps may be the solution.
Pictures of Chinese People Scanning QR Codes
Apart from mobile boarding passes and the occasional event ticket, in many countries QR codes have never quite caught on. In China, however, they're everywhere.
Why Is the Internet So Much Slower and More Expensive in Mali Than in Senegal or Côte d'Ivoire?
Compared to other countries in West Africa, Mali has low Internet speeds and high prices. A Malian civic group has launched a campaign to change this.
Social Media Analysis: How an Iranian Kurdish Woman's Death Triggered a Regional Social Media Conflict
Social media controversy following the accidental death of a hotel chambermaid underscored systemic discrimination ethnic minorities face in Iran and the emerging role of Internet censorship in this milieu.
The Untold Story of Social Media and the 2015 Nigerian Elections
One of the reasons attributed to the support enjoyed by Muhammadu Buhari’s re-branding and eventual ascendancy to the presidency was his social media strategy.
Nepal Is Using a Satellite Collar to Track a Snow Leopard Named Omi Khangri
Conservationists believe that the information gathered from the collar will be crucial to conserving the endangered big cats, which roam Nepal's Himalayas.
Police Shootings, Helicopter Crashes and Bystanders With Cameras: Weighing the Rights of ‘Accidental Journalists’
The rise in eye-witness documentation of police violence in the United States raises many interesting questions about the rights of witnesses and the public interest value of their work.
Long After the African Union’s Golden Jubilee: A Letter to Jailed Blogger Natnael Feleke
"I think of your particular fate and wonder how any of us who are free continue to go about our lives as if there’s nothing to lose."
The State of Blogging and Social Media in Kenya Today
BAKE, the author of a new report, represents a group of Kenyan online-content creators and seeks to empower innovation and improve the quality of content created on the Web.
Russian Censor Says It's High Time the Country Developed Its Own Messenger App
Russian officials bemoan the lack of control and access to user data in foreign text messaging apps as a threat to "national security."
Winners of #HackAgainstEbola Represent Ghana at 2015 Global Editors Network SUMMIT
The winners of the “#HackAgainstEbola” competition at the 2014 Editors Lab organised by the Global Editors Network (GEN) and Penplusbytes in Accra, Citi FM are in Barcelona participating in the 5th annual GEN Summit: Citi FM, last year, competed with other major new rooms in Ghana at Penplusbytes New Media...
Stuxnet-Like Digital Attack on Iran Nuclear Talks May Have Come from Israel, Security Researchers Say
Multiple research groups verified that the virus used in the attack appears to be an offshoot of the espionage software called Duqu, which security experts linked to the Israeli government.
What Does India’s Smart Cities Project Mean for the Poor?
Some argue that the infrastructure is coming at the expense of farmers and the cities will be designed to keep the poor out.
Arbitrary Arrests, Cybercrime, and Mass Mobile Adoption: Monitoring Digital Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa
Global Voices speaks to Tom Rhodes, the East Africa representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the state of freedom of expression online in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Zanzibar's ‘Solar Mamas’ Flip the Switch on Rural Homes and Gender Roles
Hundreds of households on the Tanzanian island without access to the electrical grid are getting low cost solar power for the first time, from a group of local female engineers.
Ugandan Authorities Jail Facebook User for “Offensive” Comments About President Musveni
Robert Shaka, a Ugandan IT specialist, is in jail for allegedly running the controversial TVO-Uganda Facebook page which is critical of Ugandan government.
Francophone Africa Is the New Land of Opportunity for the French Media Industry
The French media market is stagnant, but some see the African continent as the place to re-boot growth in the sector.
The Newly Updated Indic Keyboard App Now Supports 22 Asian Languages
A mobile input app called Indic Keyboard's newest release now supports language input in 22 Asian languages including 18 Indian languages apart from English, with 54 input layouts.
‘In This Class, I Learn to Appreciate People Again': A School's Innovative Approach to Improving the Learning Experience
The innovative Saint-Nazaire High School proposes unusual solutions to counter the surge of violence and high drop-out rate in French high schools.