Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net, 2017 report shows that 2017 was, as Wire.com puts it, “terrible year for Internet freedom”. The report shows that almost half of the 65 countries assessed in 2017 experienced a decline in Internet freedoms during the assessment period. Less than one-quarter of users reside in countries where there are “no major obstacles to access, onerous … [Read more...] about Internet Freedoms in Malawi
A few weeks ago while watching television, I tuned into a Chinese culture and since I could not be bothered to watch it, I changed the channel and the next program was about English kings or so. Had to tune another program and on and on, most of the programs were more about other cultures and very few were about my own culture or anything African. I went to bed reflecting on … [Read more...] about The African inclination to Foreign Ideologies
The 5th EU- Africa Summit gets under way in Abidjan, Ivory Coast this week. I don’t know what if anything summits such as this achieve, but that’s a topic for another post. I would like to focus on Migration as one of the points for discussion between the EU and Africa heads of state at these summits. During the 4th summit, both the European Union (EU) and African … [Read more...] about The 5th EU-Africa summit and Migration
Sometimes you get a feeling that Malawi is a country in a permanent state of socio-political and economic crisis; from newspaper headlines, political speeches to random chats on social media one wonders how the inhabitants of this peaceful beautiful country get-by day-by-day. The problem is, as I have argued before, because Malawi leaders always opt for quick but temporary … [Read more...] about The link between Alcohol and Mental health in Malawi
In 2016 after attending my first Re:publica, a techie conference in Berlin, I wrote of a need for Africa to have what I called a “collective thinking space” where like-minded actors on the African continent would converge to share ideas and inspire each other. The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, 2017 (FIFAfrica17) which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa which I … [Read more...] about “Fake News” and Internet Shutdowns in Africa – What is to be Done?