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> This is something we have the opportunity to address this year through the campaign for the ratification of the African Disability Protocol (ADP). The is the legal framework on which African Union (AU) member-states are expected to formulate disability laws and policies to promote disability rights in their countries. [...] It was adopted in 2018 by the AU, but for it to become legally binding we need 15 member states to sign and ratify it. So far only Mali and Kenya have fully ratified it, while some others are at various stages of signing up.

> Ever since, Kiir has been at the top of the political hierarchy, becoming president of South Sudan after it gained independence in 2011. In this time, he has not changed his strategy of giving his rivals reasons to underestimate him. He still allows his apparent weaknesses to be seen and highlighted. He has only occasionally let the mask slip, such as at a rally in 2013, soon after he had fired his entire cabinet, when Kiir revealed that he sees himself as a tiger who hides his claws.


> Since 2019, this Nairobi office block has been the epicenter of Facebook’s content moderation operation for the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. Its remit includes Ethiopia, where Facebook is trying to prevent content on its platform contributing to incitement to violence in an escalating civil war. > > Despite their importance to Facebook, the workers in this Nairobi office are among the lowest-paid workers for the platform anywhere in the world, with some of them taking home as little as $1.50 per hour, a TIME investigation found. The testimonies of Sama employees reveal a workplace culture characterized by mental trauma, intimidation, and alleged suppression of the right to unionize. The revelations raise serious questions about whether Facebook—which periodically sends its own employees to Nairobi to monitor Sama’s operations—is exploiting the very people upon whom it is depending to ensure its platform is safe in Ethiopia and across the continent. And just as Facebook needs them most, TIME can reveal that content moderators at Sama are leaving the company in droves due to poor pay and working conditions, with six Ethiopians resigning in a single week in January.


Thank you for this. I see the Kenyan money discussion is influential in global discussions. Isn’t MPESA a digital currency, just not owned by government? Is CBDC in Kenya equivalent of Government owned and operated MPESA?



> The petitioner says that the use of monofilament nets and beach seine nets for fishing is a traditional and long-standing artisanal fishing practice by Lamu inhabitants.

Yes I did. I read it twice. The general impression is that a Nigerian entrepreneur is revealing the necessary understanding on how to align with African realities. But if you read it critically, you realize it is an advise to American venture capitalists (and those kind of forces) on how to tailor their entry to Africa with their surveillance nonsense.


In Africa, mobile numbers are people’s unique identifiers for digital services, as many users do not have email addresses which are often the default for enterprise systems in other markets. Therefore, enterprise solutions for Africa need to factor the use of mobile numbers as unique identifiers, where required.

Reading that article, I got the impression that they were marketing themselves more than anything. Africa is not waiting for some polished solutions from outside it to thrive. The focus of this article on how organizations outside Africa need to customize their solutions to fit Africa raises an obvious question – why are homegrown solutions failing? Which are succeeding? But perhaps most striking is the obsession with surveillance technologies like Facebook website tracking. I am not surprised (Harvard Business, after all) but I am pissed off by these kind of assumptions that nothing is happening therefore outside companies must come and solve the problems.


> “I saw people dying in front of me,” says survivor Mohammed Isa Omar.

Other suggested names had included Nile Republic and Cush, a reference to a Biblical-era kingdom in the area.




> The price of cobalt has doubled since January, and more than two-thirds of the global supply is here in Congo.

> Attracted by the promise of well-paid work and a chance to escape joblessness at home, more than 100,000 Kenyans work in Saudi Arabia - sending home millions of dollars every year, government and central bank data shows.

cross-posted from: https://baraza.africa/post/17299 > > ... [t]he exporters are arguing that the law should ban the local consumption of the species, which is native to River Nile and Lake Albert in Uganda as a measure to protect the Nile perch which is currently threatened by illegal fishing methods. Goswami who says that they have exported fish to the European market for the last 22 years, demands that local consumption should be limited to tilapia.

> ... [t]he exporters are arguing that the law should ban the local consumption of the species, which is native to River Nile and Lake Albert in Uganda as a measure to protect the Nile perch which is currently threatened by illegal fishing methods. Goswami who says that they have exported fish to the European market for the last 22 years, demands that local consumption should be limited to tilapia.


Neighbourhoods with a large body of students (colleges and universities) have fresh supplies of food and fairly priced – because students provide a high and steady demand for food an therefore vendors can afford to keep low prices that way.



> Power sales have increased 39.3 percent since 2012 when the number of those connected to the grid jumped 271.7 percent.




This is more like saying “Yes, poison me, but please print the chemicals used in clear font on the bottle”

“All large platforms who operate ad networks — Facebook, Google, YouTube — should disclose targeting parameters on their platforms through publicly available APIs.”


> The use of SI metrics for the purpose of quantified measurement and ranking gives it the appearance of being ‘scientific’ and as such has the implicit ideological power of making the racialised inequality of peoples and countries much more acceptable and natural.

Updates: https://www.michaelgeist.ca/2021/05/not-just-big-techbillc10/

Government Memo Shows Bill C-10 Targets News Sites, Podcast and Workout Apps, Adult Websites, Audiobooks, and Sports Streamers for CRTC Regulation

https://twitter.com/mgeist/status/1395364990362718212?s=20


Data protection implies accepting these so called passports and ‘managing’ the process. It is accepting that these things are necessary. The big question should be whether they are successful epidemiologically.


https://www.cornell.edu/video/james-scott-the-art-of-not-being-governed

For two thousand years, the peoples residing in Zomia – the mountainous region that stretches from the Central Highlands of Vietnam to northeastern India – have fled the organized state societies in the valleys. Far from being ‘remnants’ left behind by civilizing societies, they are “barbarians by choice”, peoples who have deliberately put distance between themselves and lowland, state-centers.


I did not know Nilotes were running away from Cushitic centralized states. TIL.


And the ‘TOTAL’ chaos follows the oil people wherever they land.

Most communications with Palma and the surrounding area have been cut off by the insurgents, although some in the besieged town got messages out using satellite phones. The town is where many contractors have been working for a multi-billion-dollar liquified natural gas project by the French energy company Total.


Science and technology are not value neutral. It is driven by ideas of value, in this case profit:

But although this new therapy is extremely promising, there are still numerous barriers to delivering this care, one of them being cost. Therapies for rare diseases aren’t profitable, so all this is funded by donations, fund raising and charities, with many other children waiting for treatment.


One would think that with all the talk around ‘sovereignty’ the governments would see the dependency matrix they are fixing themselves in. They also do not come cheap – an email account on Xchange may cost over 10Dollars a month. It is puzzling how a low-income country would opt for a costly, dependence-inducing platform yet their technical people advise on fairly priced options that give them more autonomy.


Aaaaaaaaah. Like fine wine. They do not make them this finer any more.


I found individuals in tech-departments (the sys-admins) can play a disproportionate role in steering an organization or government office to FOSS or closed-source. While I see OSA has the right message, they are also funded by some of the main beneficiaries of closed-source surveillance software used by governments in Africa: Microsoft + Google. I hope the board offers more insight and capacity in how to deal with these structural issues.


Wishing Sam the best:

“I can do these things without being on the Board for OSI, but I have the opportunity to bring more people around the culture, as I recently did with many efforts from Africa, like the Open Source Festival.”


The Garissa solar plant is doing 50MW - https://www.rerec.co.ke/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53&Itemid=234

I wonder what led to East Africa success in this area. I do not know whether it is relative to other regions but in absolute sense, they seem to be doing something right.


Seems the EV adoption is happening in the most unexpected spaces, like fishermen in Lake Nam Lolwe (or as the British called it, Lake Victoria): https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-56273602