Simon Allison, The Continent

Timnit Gebru and the fight to make artificial intelligence work for Africa

As you read this, the future is being coded in Silicon Valley. The algorithms that will one day govern our lives are being built. But who is building them, and who are they being built for?

A 21st-century stoning in Nigeria

Deborah Samuel was killed by a mob of fellow students for a message she posted in a WhatsApp group – and the police were unable to stop them

The Continent’s Africans of the Year: Navy Malela and Gradi Koko

The bravest bankers: Navy Malela and Gradi Koko refused to stay silent in the face of injustice – even when speaking out carried grave risks for them and their families

Omicron variant: The West finds yet another reason to keep Africans out

Thanks to the Omicron variant, it is harder than ever for Africans to travel – even though public health experts say the restrictions make no sense

The dirty secrets of the dictators’ favourite bank

BGFIBank allegedly played a central role in a years-long scam that allowed former DRC leader Joseph Kabila’s family and close associates to launder $243-million in public and suspect funds

Facebook fails to curb the spread of hate speech in Ethiopia

Most of Facebook’s features are designed to maximise meaningful social Interaction, which means the algorithm promotes extreme content

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero Paul Rusesabagina gets 25 years behind bars

Paul Rusesabagina — credited with saving hundreds of lives during the Rwandan genocide — was recently found guilty of terrorism, after being ‘tricked’ into custody by the Kagame regime

Photos capture Africa’s mighty as they fall

Alpha Condé is not the first president to have his humiliation captured on camera.

Uganda: Bobi Wine’s crisis of confidence

Ugandan opposition leader’s popularity frightened Museveni into even greater autocracy

Two surveys, two wildly different predictions for Zambia’s election

But both surveys ultimately suggest that Zambia’s governing party is under considerable pressure

Q&A: What’s driving the protests in Eswatini?

Africa’s last absolute monarchy is experiencing its worst unrest in years

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