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Mobile is the future

As mobile phones have become more ubiquitous and interactive, they have become a great tool for activism and development – especially in developing countries.
 
According to the UN, mobile penetration in Africa increased from 1% in 2012 to 54% in 2012 and some African countries have mobile penetration rates over 100%. Africa’s Internet users have grown seven times more quickly than the global average.
 
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Online Activism is not black and white

How did you hear about the Ferguson protests? Like most people, I heard about the protests and disproportionate police response from Twitter.
 
With police blocking journalists from reporting on the Ferguson protests, most news about it has come from activists on the scene. The protests’ prominence emerged because activists used online tools to make themselves heard and become a news story at a time when media organisations were not interested in covering them.
 
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ICTs want the D

ICTs can be used as activism tools to raise awareness, show solidarity, raise funds and can themselves become the object of activism. However, ICTs can also be used to aid development.
 
ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) is not just about developing ICTs and bridging the digital divide, but uses ICTs to further development in the education, healthcare, agriculture, environmental and economic spheres.
 
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There's more to the digital divide than broadband and smartphones

Despite the official narrative of a rainbow nation, South Africa is an extremely divided country. The nation’s striking economic discrepancies are evident in the lack of ICT access and infrastructure. What can be done to change this?
 
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Sharing gruesome images is not activism. It's reprehensible.

Almost 2000 people have been killed in Gaza. Some of those killed have been children in a UN school or playing on a beach. Any indiscriminate killing of civilians is horrific. Do we really need to see images of child corpses to realise this?
 
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