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Rebekah Heacock

Rebekah is a Lawrence, Kansas native who currently lives in Boston. She writes about technology, aid & development, East African public transit and anything else that strikes her fancy at Jackfruity. She previously co-directed the GV Technology for Transparency Network.

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Latest posts by Rebekah Heacock

Uganda: Can a Viral Video Really #StopKony?

A film aimed at making Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony "famous" in order to raise support for his arrest has swept the Internet by storm, pushing #StopKony onto Twitter's trending...

Uganda: Women's Groups, Lawyers Join Walk to Work Protests

As Uganda's Walk to Work protests enter their second month, the original group of opposition politicians has now been joined by women's organizations and lawyers who are angered not only...

Uganda: Police Paint Protesters Pink

Ugandan police have responded to the past month's ongoing Walk to Work protests by spraying protesters with tear gas and live bullets. During a demonstration on Tuesday, they took a...

Uganda: Government Attempts to Block Facebook, Twitter as Protests Continue

As opposition politicians and others angry over rising fuel and food prices in Uganda continue to stage "walk to work" protests against the current regime, the government is asking Internet...

Uganda: #walk2work Arrests Spur Hunger Strike, Future Protests

Rather than backing down after the arrest of two Ugandan opposition leaders for staging a "Walk to Work" protest against high fuel and food prices on Monday, Ugandan activists have...

Uganda: Bloggers Apprehensive as Voters Go to Polls

Ugandans go to the polls on Friday for the country's second round of multiparty elections since current president Yoweri Museveni took power in 1986. The mood among both Ugandans on...

Uganda: Protests in North Africa Won't Affect the Upcoming Election

Uganda: Gay Rights Activist Found Murdered

Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was found murdered yesterday, just weeks after winning a court case against a local newspaper that had called for Ugandans to “hang” homosexuals. Kato...

Technology for Transparency: Five New Cases, With More to Come!

The Technology for Transparency Network is thrilled to announce the start of the publication of our second phase of research. Beginning with five cases — Accountability Initiative in India, Amatora...

Technology for Transparency: Five Lessons Learned

Rebekah Heacock and Renata Avila outline the learnings from the first round of Global Voices' Technology for Transparency Network collaborative research project, sharing links to several successful online initiatives.

Uganda: Bloggers react to bomb blasts

Soccer fans gathered in bars and restaurants around the globe to watch the final game of the World Cup last night. In Uganda, these celebrations were interrupted when bombs exploded...

Announcing Round Two of the Technology for Transparency Network

Transparency International's 2009 Global Corruption Barometer found that citizens around the world are increasingly worried about corruption in both the public and private sectors. People are often hesitant to speak...

Tech for Transparency in Sub-Saharan Africa

Transparency and accountability efforts are supported by a growing tech community in sub-Saharan Africa, though a widespread lack of access to information and communications technology (ICT) and a consequent lack...

Sudan: Checking in with Sudan Vote Monitor

On the eve of Sudan's 2010 presidential elections, I interviewed Fareed Zein, who heads the citizen election monitoring project Sudan Vote Monitor. On Wednesday I checked in with Zein to...

Uganda: LGBT activist to speak in NY

Uganda: Students riot, Kampala burns

Two separate tragedies struck Kampala, the capital of Uganda, on Tuesday: students at Makerere University rioted after the shooting death of two of their peers. And the Kasubi Tombs, a...

Sudan: Is ICT all it's cracked up to be?

The Financial Times recently reported that a multimillion dollar World Bank plan to supply Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan, with computers and Internet access has fallen through. The news...

Uganda: Hundreds feared dead in landslide

A mudslide in eastern Uganda Monday evening left at least 80 people dead and over 300 missing. The mudslide, triggered by a day of heavy rain, has buried three villages...

Uganda: President Says He Will Block Anti-Gay Bill

Uganda's proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 still awaits a final decision by the country's Parliament, but the country's Daily Monitor newspaper reported Wednesday that President Yoweri Museveni has "assured the US...

Uganda: Blogs, Twitter Keep World Informed as Kampala Riots Continue

As riots shook Kampala, the capital of Uganda, for the second day, bloggers and other netizens rallied to keep the world informed.

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