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Feel Good Activism - Clicking Isn't Enough

The phrase ‘it starts with the person in the mirror’ is often used as a call to action. A way of telling us we should be the change we want to see. It’s a cliché that’s inspired many into doing some great things, be it cleaning up their environment or even volunteering for a good cause. But I believe we only grasp the phrase at surface level, ignoring the deeper meaning it possesses. When we think of the person in the mirror we shouldn’t only translate it as a call to action, we should start by thinking about our motives and interrogating why we want to take action.

WhatsApp and Facebook Data Sharing on Recess

Facebook agreed to suspend its planned use of data from UK users of its WhatsApp messaging service for advertising purposes, the nation’s privacy watchdog said as it vowed to “keep pushing” so people get more control.
“We’ve set out the law clearly to Facebook, and we’re pleased that they’ve agreed to pause using data from UK WhatsApp users for advertisements or product improvement purposes,” UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a blog post Monday.

No Facebook Posting for Ethiopia

The Ethiopian government has announced that posting the current situation in the country on Facebook is a crime.

Also on the list of banned activities are listening to Voice of America and German radio, Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT) and Oromo Media Network (OMN).

"The military command will take action on those watching and posting on these social media outlets," Siraj Fegessa, Ethiopia's minister of defence said.

Lecturer Charged Over WhatsApp Insult

A Tanzanian lecturer has been charged with insulting President John Magufuli in a WhatsApp message, according to a senior police official, bringing the number of people charged under a tough new cybercrimes law to 10.

Magufuli, nicknamed ‘the bulldozer’ for pushing through his policies, has won some praise from Western donors for anti-corruption drives and cutting wasteful government spending since coming to power in November 2015.

NGO Condemns the Disabling of WhatsApp

Freedom of expression watchdog, MISA Zimbabwe, has condemned the apparent disabling of the WhatsApp platform in Zimbabwe which has been hit by ongoing ShutDown Zimbabwe protests in various parts of the country.

Expressing grave concern‚ MISA‚ a non-governmental organisation‚ said that WhatsApp had been down since Wednesday morning.

Social Media, Rape Culture, and How Women Fight Back

The recent suspension and dismissal of FHM editor, Max Barashenkov, and editorial assistant, Montle Moorosi, for having made a joke out of ‘corrective rape’ on the former’s Facebook page, come at a point at which the border between our public and private lives is not only blurred by our participation in social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), but in an age where violence against women has run rampant.

NMF Calls Volunteers on Mandela’s Birthday

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is hoping that volunteers around the world will donate 67 minutes of their time when South Africa's former president turns 95 on 18 July 2013.

Mandela remained hospitalised in critical but stable condition for a recurring lung infection from 8 June 2013.

The foundation's Twitter feed is asking people to join in the volunteer-day initiative. The Twitter feed often shares quotes from the man who spent 27 years in prison during white racist rule in South Africa.

Sexism is Real - Everyday Sexism Project

A new site that uses social media to fight sexism and demand change is getting attention on a global scale.

The Everyday Sexism Project, which was started a year ago by British actor, Laura Bates, was first launched in the United Kingdom in 2012 and has now grown to include 15 countries including South Africa.

The site provides a space for ordinary women to share their experiences of gender bias in everyday life.

SA Loses R3.7m Due to Cybercrime

South Africa has lost R3.7 billion due to cybercrime over the past year, according to a cybercrime report compiled by global firm, Norton.

The growth of the mobile web in South Africa means more consumers than ever before are vulnerable to cybercrime as they access the internet using their cellphones.

In its report, aimed at understanding how cybercrime affects consumers, and how the adoption and evolution of new technologies affects people’s security, the company states that the top cyber services targeted are Internet banking, ecommerce and social media sites.


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