During the DCI I was struck by how traditional media houses don't seem to really be able to get their minds around the concept of blogging, and how blogs relate to what they do. Mohammed from Al Jazeera really had some rad points, and his organisation is integrating very tightly with different mediums, and using social networks to their maximum potential, using technology like youtube, etc.
The website of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party was once shut down by an ISP under the pretext that the online facility was doing email spam.
Ironically, the site only operated an opt-in mailing list at the time.
But today an activist who once worked there believes there's sometimes no alternative but to use spam in order to get the message out – especially to cellphones.
The person is Brenda Burrell, who now runs the award-winning Zimbabwean civil society site Kubutana.
The keynote speaker at the Digital Citizens Indaba stresses family, pride, ubuntu traditions:
* We bloggers should be able to explain to our mothers what we do.
* Coming up is the 30th anniversary of the murder of Steve Biko, a man who said: “I write what I like.” That’s blogging.