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Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

The federal government announced Monday that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their traditional names on passports and other government ID…


In February, Bayesh gave birth to a son, whom she named Mitiku – “Replacement” in Amharic. Asked what she would tell the boy about his father, she held the newborn to her chest. …


As @miguel@lemmy.ml pointed, make sure you are generating the right rss link between subscribed, local, and All. For a specific community, you want the local option.


When asked about the details of the suspension, a ministerial aide told Reuters: “Wait and see how things will turn out.” …


A digital collection of free African Gazettes. 34650 gazettes and growing daily, as at June 1 2021.


Gazettes for Africa

We welcome donations of gazette collections. We will scan and digitise gazettes for free…


Understanding Chilling Effects

Drawing extensively on social science literature, I argue that chilling effects are best understood as a form of social conformity. Chilling effects arise out of contexts of ambiguity and uncertainty—like the ambiguity of public or private sector surveillance—but have deeper psychological foundati…


Just days before his arrest, Bidali, who moved to Qatar in 2016, made an online presentation to civil society groups on the state of migrant workers in Qatar, giving his experience working as a security guard there…


While I believe that based on context this move better than silence, I also believe Ethiopia is best served by local mechanism. The U.S. has no moral ground to order countries around on ‘cease hostilities’. Ethiopian activists have to take charge of their political process – US or others should come in as observers.


The biggest problem—and this isn’t limited to web development—is how it has baked exploitation into the core worldview of so many people. We use open-source software. We get paid to use open-source software. Our employers benefit, but the money never trickles down—money never trickles down. This is fine when the project in question is directly funded by a tech multinational. Less so when the project is something specialised, a little bit niche, or inventive, and therefore not financed by a gigantic corporation.


Ever wondered why management practices in web software are dominated by short term concerns that are self-destructive in the long term? Because managers know what they are supposed to do, even if they don’t exactly know why. Speed is of the essence because you aren’t doing anything unique. You aren’t creating tech of your own or building on a hard-earned understanding of the clientele. You are using your funding to race against others to see who manages to squeeze the most business out of the underlying OSS before the funding runs out.

I found that quite profound.



Yes indeed. Quoting their statement after the event:

The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.


In the words of one Facebook moderator who spoke to The Intercept on the condition of anonymity to protect their job, in practice the policy “leaves very little wiggle room for criticism of Zionism” at a time when precisely that ideology is subject to intense scrutiny and protest…



The basic income scheme, known as Thamarat (fruits) or the Sudan Family Support Programme, is an effort to soften the blow, officials say. The government hopes to use the programme to facilitate a permanent social safety net for the poorest million families, said Magdi Amin, senior advisor at S…


Foundational Digital Infrastructure Report

This pioneering collaborative work was made possible with the support of the Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam, National Bank of Cambodia, Bank of Ghana and the Central Bank of Kenya as well as Mastercard. …


Tewelde Goitom, known as “Welid”, operated in Libya between roughly 2014 and 2018 and is thought to have been at the heart of a highly lucrative and brutal trade trafficking desperate migrants trying to reach Europe…


As major polluters reframe the conversation and act as the guardians, it is likely they will come to places like Mbenje to show them how to protect the environment. Please keep documenting this.


All 15 of the large companies Reuters spoke to this week said that they now had vaccination schemes in place. Several outlined COVID-19 “war-rooms” they had launched to support staff and secure oxygen and other supplies. …


At the city’s Bhadbhada Vishram Ghat crematorium, workers said they cremated more than 110 people on Saturday, even as government figures in the city of 1.8 million put the total number of virus deaths at just 10…


By a truly unbelievable coincidence, I was recently out for a walk when I saw a small package fall off a truck ahead of me. As I got closer, the dull enterprise typeface slowly came into focus: Cellebrite. Inside, we found the latest versions of the Cellebrite software, a hardware dongle designed …


One point the video made which I found interesting is the idea that statelessness was not just a pre-state stage, but in some cases a post-state state by design. These are communities that had lived under empires and revolted against centralized power. Statelessness by design.

James C Scott was also making almost the same argument here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_Not_Being_Governed



Leading European Football Clubs Announce New Super League Competition

In addition, the competition will be built on a sustainable financial foundation with all Founding Clubs signing up to a spending framework. In exchange for their commitment, Founding Clubs will receive an amount of €3.5 billion solely to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset…


If public information was actively put in the public (say through timely website updates that serve rss), most of these services would lose their brokerage lordship. They fill the structural hole left by weak public information networks.



Change on this things cannot be led by the same ideologies that put us in them. Most folks leading government and businesses are led by ideas of centralization and winner-takes-all, while open standards seek to flatten the field, as much as possible. So sad it failed not because of the weakness of the idea but by the implementation process.




This community is reserved for announcing new communities and admin tasks. Consider c/privacy, may be? You should also link to the original article. Your link here is to a copy-pasta website.




There is a much bigger argument that was being made in that article – that most of the public prosecution of RMS is driven by corporates who would want to see a weakened argument against surveillance but open-source stuff. You will notice most of the organizations and individuals taking a stand on this so passionately say almost nothing when Facebook and Google and Amazon commit all manner of ongoing atrocities around the world. RMS and the sexual consent contest is a major issue and deserves everyone’s attention – but we can also do both things; fight for kid’s safety + fight for free software/society. Both are mutually inclusive, but the pitchfork public prosecutors would want to use the kids issue to argue that anything RMS has touched is dirty – and that is how these money people win the public.




She said that neighbours described seeing armed men in plain clothes take her husband away in a vehicle known in Uganda as a “drone” – a van with blacked out windows and no number plate…


“Kenya, the Maldives and like-minded coastal nations only fish in the Indian Ocean, so if the stocks get depleted we are the ones who suffer,” said Stephen Ndegwa, assistant director of fisheries at Kenya’s agriculture ministry. “We will have nothing for future generations.

“The foreign fishing vessels, like the EU vessels, will move to other oceans, but we won’t be able to move – and we will be stuck with no fish.”


Indeed. They also maintain a firm grip on the countries they ravaged, by propping dictators. See Senegal protests this week against French companies: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/7/pressure-mounts-on-senegals-president-after-deadly-protests


What existing renewables are in production mode? I remember this partnership in Nairobi, where Strathmore University uses its campus buildings to harvest solar and sell to the national grid: https://www.strathmore.edu/news/strathmore-university-and-kenya-power-sign-solar-energy-purchase-deal/