Facebook use and risky sex in Swaziland

Bhekumusa Lukhele, Kyoto University Young Swazi adults who spend a significant amount of time on Facebook and have previously had sex with someone they met on the popular social networking site are likely to have several partners, according to a study we conducted in Swaziland. The backdrop to the survey was that Swaziland has identified …

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Tanzania’s social media policing stirs risk of abuse

Charlotte Cross, The Open University Access to digital information and communications technologies has increased dramatically over the past decade across Africa. In Tanzania, 87% of urban residents report using a mobile phone every day. In addition, 34% of the population access the internet. The vast majority use their mobile phones to do so. Prepaid bundles …

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Africa News Headlines for 16 October 2015: #RaiseYourVoice Edition

This year Blog Action Day is October 16, with the theme “Raise Your Voice” (hashtag #RaiseYourVoice).  This is a selection of recent news headlines from and about Africa that fit under the theme and address issues related to bloggers and blogging, freedom of the press, and free expression in the African subcontinent.   Bloggers and …

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Africa News Headlines for 11 October 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe that appeared over the past seven days Partnership allows UVa to offer more-obscure language classes Source: The Daily Progress Facebook to beam Internet to Africa with Israeli AMOS-6 communications satellite Source: Port2Port Malawi, Sudan and Ethiopia cost of living highest in Comesa Source: The Star …

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Here’s what baboons can teach us about social media

Robert John Young, University of Salford “Birds of a feather flock together” is a saying that exists in a number of different languages. “Gambá cheira gambá” (opossums smell other opossums) in Brazilian Portuguese is a particularly colourful example. The reason is that like-minded people like to hang out together across many cultures. And it seems …

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