Black Panther, Representation and Activism

As many others, Black Panther made me feel excited about finally seeing some fair representation on the cinema screen. The important role and power of black women in the piece tickled the intersectional feminist in me, so I couldn’t help but think: What does this mean for African activism and …

Realizing ICT4D requires structural awareness

The attraction of the “Africa market”, albeit a simplification of both the proportions and boundaries between the 50 plus countries on the continent, remains of large interest to multinational enterprises within the ICT field and beyond. Most of these still have their origins in the global north. The alluring positive …

Can we stop hate speech on social media?

Online hate speech has become a great concern in the current public sphere. The affordances of Internet and new media allow these type of messages to spread faster and further, within a general context of information and institutional crisis. But every attempt to control it seems to be failing. Can …

#Kosovo10 – Reflections on new media, development and activism in Kosovo

Two years ago when chilling on the porch of a hostel in Prishtina, capital of Kosovo, with backpackers from all around the world from New Zealand to Brazil, sharing stories and adventures of travelling, a local guy in his early 20s joined in. He was invited by a young German …

Values and Social Media: Top Tips for Digital Activists

In my last blog post, I spoke about the restrictive effect that Facebook’s algorithm is having on Facebook activism. But this is only the tip of a very large iceberg. There are forces at play that are far bigger than algorithms and social media. Despite being right there in front …

Why you never hear about African LGBTI rights in social media

The right to express both identity and sexuality is far from obvious. Just under half of the UN member states see LGBTI as a human right. It is a divided matter and for some controversial. There is also little to read about African LGBTI rights in social media. Although, digital …

Trump’s plans to support alternative media in Cuba: no, thanks

Internet and ICT have opened up a space for new alternative media in Cuba. Nevertheless, we must analyse their potential for change under the light of other social, economic and political factors. Some traditional opponents to the Cuban regime currently supported by Trump would like to see new media bring …

You won’t believe what Facebook is going to do next to clampdown on grassroots activism

Facebook has us all hoodwinked! Listen here you digital activists, slacktivists and one-percenters – isn’t it time to make a volte-face on this nonsense and take a look at the bigger picture?! I have a problem with Facebook activism. On the one hand it provides the possibility to spread messages …

The role of social media during the migration crisis in Hungary

When the peak of the European migration crisis reached Hungary in the summer of 2015 and due to the measures of the Government hundreds of people were sleeping rough around the main train stations in Budapest for weeks, the people responded. Facebook groups with the intention to mobilize and coordinate …