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As someone who grew up in an African country and spent sometime in North America, I would say there are various reasons one can point to [language, economic conditions, nature of available technology etc]. Most conversations in my growing up were ephemeral + oral. Mobile phones started changing the landscape. Facebook and Messaging apps like Telegram, Viber, and WhatsApp changed a lot of conversations from peer-to-peer to ‘mediated’ ones. I would say that most African-based folks are every social and active in discussions. They are just not in the platforms Westerns frequent, and increasingly so with closed-messaging platforms like WhatsApp groups.



Statement of FSF board on election of Richard Stallman — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software

As we work on these issues, let’s not forget the purpose of our movement, or the great work of our staff and all the good people of the free software community who are dedicated to users’ freedom…


RMS addresses the free software community — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software

It was right for me to talk about the injustice to Minsky, but it was tone-deaf that I didn’t acknowledge as context the injustice that Epstein did to women or the pain that caused. I’ve learned something from this about how to be kind to people who have been hurt. In the future, that will help …


Somalia’s government has been unable for months to reach agreement on how to carry out the election, with the regional states of Puntland and Jubbaland objecting on certain issues and the international community warning against holding a partial election or a mandate extension…


Inflammable chemicals including pesticides, acidic chemicals, DDT, electronic waste and other substances have been stored in various warehouses after being imported by the government and private companies. Some of the chemicals stored were confiscated after the products were brought in by illegal …


There are quite a few others. On this page, https://baraza.africa/communities, any entry with a single name is primarily local (belongs to this instance) and anything with @ is primarily federated from other instances.

Some others include:

This instance has been intentionally quiet and as more mod tools mature, we will start reaching out, for example to African-focused subreddits and Twitter spaces. Anything you see here is 100% organic. If you feel there are ways we can improve, please propose it.


I would be happy to have it in a data center somewhere in Africa to reduce the hair-pinning and also give it the fullness of Africa. However, when I checked options (like Angani), it was not easy to set up a VPS. Will look harder next time. Do you have recommendations for reliable VPS hosts?


“I think whistleblowers are punished for doing good in a system that says it needs them but does not act that way,” says Dr Victor Munnik, a research associate at the society, work and politics institute at Wits University, who wrote about Van Eeden in his 2012 PhD thesis.



100% agree. Too many lives lost or significantly degraded because of corruption. Health Care budgets have been hemorrhaged for decades and now that the pandemic exposed the hospitals, it is clear no corruption is ‘small’. The long term effects are disastrous.


Interesting. I have not checked how the ID component is wired to ensure it is both anonymous BUT verifiable, especially seeing how Kenya Revenue authority kind of lowered account setup anonymity: https://iwhistle.kra.go.ke/welcome/


Fascinating stuff imagined more than 25 years ago.

How the new gene therapy works is that the genes needed to restore movement are actually put into AADC adenoviruses, and then injected deep into the brain. Once there, the DNA is taken up by cells, and starts correcting the defect.

Bankiewicz is a professor and the director of the Brain Health and Performance Center at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He described the first ideas that would eventually become this gene therapy in a paper 25 years ago.


The festival they organize(d) was promising from the planning. I do not know how they engage post-event. Power to him.


I tried replicating it on enterprise but also can’t seem to. It had happened to me twice on lemmy.ml so I will keep an eye on it. It could be my firefox browser or automated post updates clashing with javascript blockers.


Upgraded Baraza. All feels much faster.

Just noted that if someone posts while you are entering text in the comment box, your draft comment disappears. I do not know if this is on other instances but I’ll monitor it today and file an issue.


This is awesome. I hope to join one of your Jitsi meetups soon.


This Jacobin interview with Georges Nzongola is a good addon.


Hello from the other side :)


The special envoy appreciated Ethiopia’s firm stance to prevent and uproot terrorism and reiterated Mossad’s commitment to work together with and strengthen its support to NISS. …


Questions/Free Talk/Chat

This post is dedicated to questions regarding this Lemmy instance that cannot be asked in normal posts. …


And the fediverse keeps expanding.