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· June, 2015

Stories about Technology from June, 2015

29 June 2015

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."

28 June 2015

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.

26 June 2015

Pictures of Chinese People Scanning QR Codes

The Bridge

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.

24 June 2015

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

23 June 2015

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.

22 June 2015

Police Shootings, Helicopter Crashes and Bystanders With Cameras: Weighing the Rights of ‘Accidental Journalists’

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

19 June 2015

Long After the African Union’s Golden Jubilee: A Letter to Jailed Blogger Natnael Feleke

Global Voices Advocacy

"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.

18 June 2015

Russian Censor Says It's High Time the Country Developed Its Own Messenger App

RuNet Echo

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

16 June 2015

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.

15 June 2015

Arbitrary Arrests, Cybercrime, and Mass Mobile Adoption: Monitoring Digital Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

13 June 2015

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.

12 June 2015

Ugandan Authorities Jail Facebook User for “Offensive” Comments About President Musveni

Global Voices Advocacy

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

Rising Voices

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.

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