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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: 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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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.

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,...

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...

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.”

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...

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...

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.

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