In this episode, we get into the business of government surveillance. We go to Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda to inquire how and why governments surveil their citizens, tap our phones, lurk in our emails, and follow our digital footprints. We discuss why the South African RICA law, aka surveillance law, was declared unconstitutional, and probe why Nigerian lawyers have taken their Communications Commission to court. We examine the mass deployment of CCTV cameras in the streets of Kampala and ask why Kagame is hacking WhatsApp.
In this episode, we talk to Josephine Miliza of TunapandaNET and Chenai Chair, intersectional feminist techie, about what connectivity and "the internet" means in today's world. Is the internet a fluffy cloud or is it more submarine cables? We explore community networks, universal service funds and how feminist research and methods can create a more inclusive digital space.
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Ever wonder why women have been forced to apologize, and even face arrest when their private images are leaked? In this episode, we talk about technology-facilitated violence against women. We ask who's responsible, why the tech-bros are trying to undress women, and what role do law enforcement and social media platforms play in facilitating and mitigating this violence against women.
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Misinformation and disinformation have real-life implications in the offline world. Through her Creative Media Award from the Mozilla Foundation, Neema explores how disinformation and the algorithms behind it affect East Africans. “Choose your own fake news” is an interactive game that explores all of these issues. In this episode, we hear from Neema about the concept of the game.
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In this episode, we try to bust some of the myths and misconceptions around digital IDs. Why do refugees burn their figure prints? Is data protection all you need before rolling out digital ID programs? Will everyone qualify for a digital ID? Do we even need digital IDs? What happens when our private information is leaked? These are some of the questions we discuss during this episode.
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Mentioned report: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/digital-identification-a-key-to-inclusive-growth
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The world is a different place than it was when we brought you Season 1 of this podcast. Since we last signed off, so much has changed. More than 3 million people have been diagnosed with Corona Virus, and more than 250,000 have died globally. Governments have institutionalized lockdowns, curfews, killed citizens to protect them from the virus, defraud COVID-19 response funds, and have introduced numerous 'tech solutions.' Tune in to listen to find out more.
In this episode, we speak with Nanjala Nyabola the author of the Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya. Nanjala discusses the problematic role technology played in the last two elections in Kenya, why Kenya did not shut down the internet during the last elections, and if and how social media can bring down banks!
Following the continued fallout of a massive data scandal at Facebook, we're left wondering about how equipped African government and citizens are to handle and protect private information. Are there laws in place to protect our privacy? Can they be implemented appropriately? What does GDPR mean for technology companies across the continent? We chat with Information Security Expert, Bernard Wanyama, and Linet Kwamboka the Founder/CEO of DataScience Ltd. in Kenya about all things data privacy.
Do we need more government regulation? Should we care about our data being used to decide what cornflakes we eat and who we vote for? What would this mean for Freedom of Expression and Right to Privacy? Bernard and Linet bring different and at time conflicting perspectives on how to deal with data privacy issues in the continent.
Smashing the Online Patriarchy - we speak with Sandra Kwikiriza and Koliwe Majama about their work in fighting the patriarchy online.
Koliwe's report - https://koliwemajama.co.zw/pitfalls-of-the-internet-as-a-development-tool-a-study-of-the-politics-of-internet-use-by-gender-and-sexual-minorities-in-zimbabwe/