Category Archives: BlogAfrica

Watching, waiting

The people of Zimbabwe have been waiting patiently – perhaps too patiently – to hear the outcome of elections that are now almost three weeks old. Since yesterday, they’ve been waiting to see what happens to the cargo of the … Continue reading

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Distressed properties, on and offline

Driving home last night from Boston, I caught a piece on NPR about the problem of distressed properties in the wake of the slump in the US housing market and the sub-prime mortgage crisis. As homeowners discover they can’t pay … Continue reading

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Kenya: heartbreak and hope

I had a post queued up forthe start of 2008. I’d planned to begin the year on an enthusiastic, positive note, suggesting that this might be the year where Africa began to catch up to the rest of the world … Continue reading

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Face to face

A funny truth: the more interaction we have virtually, the more important it becomes to see people face to face. While Global Voices is a completely virtual organization, with no offices, no headquarters, no location other than that of our … Continue reading

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Pitchfork media, Tunisia, Tatooine and me

It’s hard to know what to expect when you get an interview request from Pitchfork Media. After all, the Pitchfork folks are the cooler-than-thou indie music geeks who are embarrased for you that you don’t know your Boards of Canada … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Sokari…

Deutsche Welle has released their Best of the Blog awards for 2006 – it’s a great selection again, a combination of blogs that are well-known and some that are lesser-known and great finds by the judges. Sokari Ekine’s Black Looks … Continue reading

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Celebrating the small steps

Ory Okolloh gave a remarkable speech a month ago at the Digital Citizen Indaba at Grahamstown, South Africa, explaining the reasons she and a collaborator formed Mzalendo, a website dedicated to encouraging transparency of the Kenyan Parliament. I’d assumed that … Continue reading

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Andrew Heavens: If you love your photos, set them free

The end of the Indaba is a set of workshops. I offered a hastily put together workshop on activism online – about half on useful tools for information for activists (aggregators, stored news searches, del.icio.us) and half on online anonymity. … Continue reading

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Sparks fly at the grumpy white guys…

The “We Media” panel leads off the day – it’s introduced as the grumpy old white guys panel. (This is distinguished from the “enthusiastic young white guys” Web 2.0 panel yesteray, I suspect.) Leading off is Mathew Buckland, a blogger … Continue reading

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Quick talks and conference debugging

Conferences take debugging. The first time you throw a conference, you’ll find yourself facing problems you never imagined, problems you thought you anticipated and solved, problems you have no idea how to solve. The Indaba organizers thought they had arranged … Continue reading

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