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ICT and Governance in East Africa: Study Sites

By Varyanne Sika There might be unanimity in the excitement about ICTs in Africa but there remains little empirical evidence on the ways of actual use of ICT and in particular, for our study, in governance. Governance, as we approach it in this study, has a political and social component, and is responsive to the […]

Online Dangerous Speech Monitoring in Kenya: Umati Project’s Findings from January – November 2013.

2013 was a rather eventful year in Kenya, with the elections (conducted under a new constitutional dispensation) and the subsequent settling in into new governance structures(devolution), the ICC cases against the President, Deputy President and a radio journalist on their alleged roles in the 2007/8 Post-Election Violence. Alongside these political happenings, the rising cases of […]

The Evolving Scope of the Umati Project

Set up in September 2012 ahead of Kenya’s 2013 general elections, the Umati project sought to identify the use and role of social media in propagating hate speech online, something that at the time no other monitoring group was looking into. In particular, we set out to identify a particular subset of hate speech (a […]

How are ICTs impacting Governance in East Africa? (a.k.a “ICT and Governance in EA” Project)

Much as has been said of the promise, potential and progress of ICTs in the East African region. Governments, non-governmental organizations, private sector players, citizens and other stakeholders are embracing ICTs in interesting and innovative ways that merit further study. It is for this reason that iHub Research, as part of the ICT4Democracy East Africa […]

A Recap of #UmatiForum: The Many Faces of Online Hate Speech in Kenya

Towards the end of January, iHub Research, with generous support from Internews, hosted the #UmatiForum: The Many Faces of Online Hate Speech in Kenya, a public conversation on the nature of online hate speech in Kenya. The Umati Project has been studying this to better understand the hate speech dynamic in Kenya and how it […]

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