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Waterbottle WiFi and Geekcorps Mali

Engadget was good enough to feature the Geekcorps Mali Wifi-via-water-bottle antenna designed by Ian Howard and crew… but they didn’t credit Ian or Geekcorps. As Ian points out in a comment on the piece, the Geekcorps crew is now developing … Continue reading

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The Subtle Business of Software Localization

Koranteng Ofosu-Amaah is a Ghanaian engineer working for Lotus at their facility in Cambridge, MA. His blog, Koranteng’s Toli, currently features one of the best essays I’ve ever read on cultural sensitivity and software localization. (Koranteng’s blog is so much … Continue reading

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Come visit the new place…!

To: my four readers From: your grateful correspondent Re: new blog Yes, after 18 months – that’s 11 years, in blog years – “…My Heart’s in Accra” will be moving from the cozy confines of Harvard’s servers out into the … Continue reading

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A bad day for the Bennetts

Roy Bennet was born in Zimbabwe when it was known as Southern Rhodesia. His family had lived in Rhodesia for decades, and Roy continued the family tradition, working a 7,000 acre coffee farm and raising 900 head of cattle. In … Continue reading

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I NEED YOUR HUMBLE ASSISTANCE

419 spam of the day: FROM:PETER THEMBA MOYO JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA E_mail: peter_moyo777@yahoo.co.in Tel: 27-73-494-9086 ATTN: DIRECTOR/C.E.O My name is MR.PETER THEMBA MOYO the elder son of MR. JOHNATAN NKOMO MOYO,from the Republic of Zimbabwe.It might be a surprise to … Continue reading

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A bit more on Kyrgyzstan and Zimbabwe

My comparative silence on “…my Heart’s in Accra” has been counterbalanced by a couple of long posts on the Global Voices website. Rebecca and I presented our current thinking about GV to our Berkman colleages and friends on Tuesday, and … Continue reading

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Eric Osiakwan at Berkman

Eric Osiakwan visited the Berkman Center yesterday from Ghana, by way of Stanford University. He’s an old friend from the Ghana ISP scene, one of the founders of GISPA (the Ghana ISP association) and currently is acting as executive secretary … Continue reading

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Journalism, transparency and triangulation

A week back, at the Madrid Democracy summit, I had a dinner conversation with friends that centered on the complications of professional journalists maintaining blogs. (The conversation began with a discussion of the Boston Globe’s censure of Hiawatha Bray for … Continue reading

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Bush names Wolfowitz to head World Bank

And suddenly, the world looks a few shades darker. The World Bank is an easy target for activist critiques, but the Bank under Wolfensohn has made real progress is moving away from “supersized” projects that put nations deep in debt … Continue reading

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Remembering a cyber-dissident

Bloggers around the world, especially in the Middle East, are mourning the death of Zouhair Yahyaoui, a Tunisian journalist and founder of Tunezine, an activist, alternative magazine. Zouhair was imprisoned for 18 months, starting in 2002, for “spreading false news”, … Continue reading

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