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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

11 September 2009

Uganda: Nine Dead in Kampala Riots

Riots in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, have led to the deaths of at least nine people (BBC) as members of the Baganda ethnic group clashed with police and military...

7 September 2009

Nigeria: New Submarine Internet Cable Lands in Lagos

The arrival of the GLO-1 submarine cable in Lagos this weekend has West African bloggers excited. GLO-1 connects Nigeria and 13 other West African countries to the global telecommunications system...

17 August 2009

Blogger of the Week: Haute Haiku from Kenya

Haute Haiku is one of Global Voices' newest Sub-Saharan African authors. He writes about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) blogosphere in Africa.

24 July 2009

Africa: The arrival of Seacom cable sparks debate

The arrival of an undersea cable that will increase bandwidth and lower Internet access costs throughout Africa has sparked debate and interest in the African blogoshere. Seacom, which links South...

22 July 2009

Uganda: Government Quiet as Famine Takes Toll

As drought spreads throughout East Africa, more than three million Ugandans are at risk of starvation. Hunger has claimed the lives of more than 40 people, and bloggers fear more...

28 June 2009

Africa: Bloggers pay tribute to Michael Jackson

In Africa, bloggers are paying tribute to Michael Jackson after his recent death by posting pictures, music videos, poetry and reflections. "RIP MJ," writes Kenyan blogger WildeYearnings. "You now have...

28 May 2009

Uganda: Katine Project brings villagers to blogosphere

Uganda's Internet penetration rate is a little over six percent, a number that prevents large swaths of the population from joining Uganda's blogren or accessing the global blogosphere. For one...

15 April 2009

Uganda: President's wife appointed to cabinet

This month's cabinet reshuffle has Ugandan bloggers making 2011 election predictions. Among the new appointments President Yoweri Museveni made was the posting of his wife Janet as state minister for...

1 March 2009

Uganda: The Literary Blogren

Uganda's bloggers are increasingly using their blogs as forums for literary expression, and online poems, short stories and multi-part novellas are becoming increasingly popular.

27 February 2009

Uganda: Fire destroys Owino Market

A massive fire gutted Kampala's Owino Market early Wednesday morning, seriously injuring five people and destroying thousands of stalls. As many as 25,000 traders, mostly women, are estimated to have...

16 July 2008

African bloggers react to ICC charges against Sudanese President al-Bashir

Bloggers from around the world are reacting to the International Criminal Court's recent recommendation that Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir be charged with multiple counts of genocide, war crimes and...

15 July 2008

Uganda: (No longer) lost in translation

The majority of Ugandan bloggers have yet to write in languages other than English, perhaps because over 50 different indigenous languages are spoken in the country. Over the last year,...

28 April 2008

Uganda: Mwenda, 3 others arrested in newspaper raid

(UPDATE: Andrew Mwenda has been freed on bond, see his letter to supporters on the TED blog.) Bloggers and independent media outlets in Uganda are reporting that three journalists and...

20 April 2008

Uganda: Government refuses passport to transgender woman

A post by Gay in Uganda last week reveals the discrimination the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) population faces when applying for travel documents.

19 February 2008

Uganda: Bloggers tangle with mainstream media

The blogren had their collective eye on Uganda's mainstream media this week. One blogger "treads where the brave dare not go" by posting photos from a tragedy near the capital,...

30 January 2008

Citizen Uganda: Smart and very, very pretty

Citizen Uganda is the best new online source of information about Uganda, and it's also very, very pretty. To scroll down the main page of Citizen Uganda is to indulge...

28 December 2007

Uganda: Is Uganda mentally, intellectually and creatively broke?

An interview with a Kampala City Council official has blogger Tumwijuke wondering if Uganda is “mentally, intellectually and creatively broke.”

29 November 2007

Uganda: Ten questions with the Comrade

Beloved by the blogren for his prolific, provocative comments and his endless, passionate devotion to North Korea, the 27th Comrade was until recently one of Uganda's most active bloggers. Two...

14 November 2007

Uganda: Are you ready for CHOGM?

Ugandan bloggers (popularly known as the Blogren) gear up for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, worry about the latest developments in the north and keep tabs on their favorite...

7 November 2007

Uganda: Remembering Bangi

The death of a popular Ugandan radio personality, Wilfred Bangirana, on Sunday has the blogren fondly remembering his talents as an oldies DJ.