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Ndesanjo Macha

I am a blogger, journalist, lawyer, digital activist and new media consultant. I am interested in the relationship between social media and development in the developing world, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.

I am the Sub-Saharan Africa Editor here at Global Voices. Follow me on Twitter: @ndesanjo

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Latest posts by Ndesanjo Macha

13 July 2016

Ugandan President's Leisurely Roadside Phone Call Inspires the #M7Challenge on Twitter

"i think it would be a good way to say STOP TEXTING/CALLING WHILE DRIVING"

11 July 2016

#ShutDownZim: Will Social Media Protests Drive Zimbabwe to Build a ‘Great Firewall'?

Global Voices Advocacy

This is the first time Zimbabwe has staged a "shutdown" over government dysfunction by organizing on social media. But protests could trigger new forms of censorship.

7 July 2016

Africans Aren't Staying Silent About a Scottish Woman's Patronizing and Factually Inaccurate Gap Year Memoir

"To everyone railing against #LintonLies, let this be a reminder that WE have to tell our own stories. Write a blog/short story/etc. CREATE."

27 June 2016

What Consequences Could the UK's Brexit Have for People in Africa?

"If the UK sneezes Africa will … well Africa will say 'bless you' and move on."

Tanzanian Prosecuted for ‘Insulting’ the President on WhatsApp

Global Voices Advocacy

Mulokozi is the latest victim of Tanzania's relatively new Cybercrime Law, which attempts to address issues such as child pornography, cyberbullying, online impersonation, and the publication of false information.

26 June 2016

Interactive Security Tracker Maps Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new interactive tool that tracks political violence across Sub-Saharan Africa maps deaths by area, trends over time, and the perpetrators involved.

21 June 2016

National Bank of Kenya Takes Blogger to Court for “Defamatory” Blog Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

The bank took Cyprian Nyakundi to court following a series of critical stories. Nyakundi calls himself a "Kenyan-based blogger who has an interest in politics, governance, corporate-fraud and human-interest stories."

14 June 2016

‘HiviSasa’, a Kenyan Citizen Media Project for Mobile Web

Rising Voices

"Accessible, diverse, transparent information empowers both governments and citizens. Better informed citizens make better decisions about their lives and their government."

12 June 2016

Is the #ThisFlag Online Campaign Reshaping Political Activism in Zimbabwe?

"If the #ThisFlag campaign ends as just being an anger-venting space, so be it. That is valid too."

10 June 2016

Tanzanian Man Could Face Three Years’ Jailtime for “Insulting” the President on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

The case falls against a backdrop of Tanzania's Cybercrime Law, passed in 2015, which critics say gives too much power -- without meaningful oversight -- to police.

28 May 2016

How a Single Blog Post Changed the Life of a Somali Single Mother of Eight

A fundraiser springing from the massive public response to the story raised over $4,000 in the space of a single day.

17 May 2016

‘Biko Zulu’, ‘They Call Me Daktari’ and ‘Mummy Tales’ Among the Winners of the Kenyan Blog Awards

The winners of the Kenyan Blog Awards 2016 were announced at a gala event that took place on May 14 in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

16 May 2016

Kenyan Blogger and Photographer Goes Missing

Global Voices Advocacy

Before disappearing, he wrote on Facebook about how his arrest and 'terrorism suspect' label have destroyed his career and livelihood.

14 May 2016

A Hub for African Digital Art, From Science Fiction Maasai Warriors to Star Wars Re-Imagined in Africa

What if after an annihilation of humans by a lethal virus brought by aliens, the only survivors were the beautiful and strong Maasai people?

29 April 2016

South Africa Bans Several Sports Bodies From Hosting Global Events Over Lack of Diversity

"The ban on hosting global sporting events is another nail in the coffin for economic development and job creation."

22 April 2016

#NakedProtest Draws Attention to Rape Culture at South Africa's Rhodes University

"why does a woman willingly showing her skin offend you, but violence committed against her doesn't? #nakedprotest"

21 April 2016

What If African Media Reported US Elections Like Western Media Report on Africa?

"Pressure is mounting on the Obama regime to allow international observers and peacekeepers after tribal violence marred election campaigns in the troubled north American nation."

17 April 2016

Tanzania's Cybercrime Act Makes It Dangerous to “Insult” the President on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Tanzanian netizen Isaac Habakuk Emily is accused of posting a controversial Facebook message "insulting" the president of Tanzania.

16 April 2016

Think You Know The Somali People? Think Again!

"The Somali people live to tell powerful stories, not only of loss and suffering, but also of hope and great resourcefulness."

15 April 2016

Online Voting in Progress for the Kenyan Blog Awards 2016

The Kenyan Blog Awards recognises and awards exceptional Kenyan bloggers.

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