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The hidden costs of social media use in elections: A Ghana case study
The hidden costs of social media use in elections: A Ghana case study
Social media is becoming increasingly central to election campaigns around the world. In the process, it is transforming politics in a number of ways. Unsurprisingly, journalists...
What women want: Men to listen and speak out against violence
What women want: Men to listen and speak out against violence
The rape and murder of 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana in August, left us battling to make sense of our violent world. She went to collect a parcel...
Noise or signal? Social media’s role in Bolivia’s coup
Noise or signal? Social media’s role in Bolivia’s coup
The role of social media in the recent coup d’état in Bolivia illustrates the associated risk of amplifying narratives that support de facto...
Boy or girl? US parents go too far in gender reveals
Boy or girl? US parents go too far in gender reveals
A plane crash in Texas, a deadly explosion in Iowa, a massive fire in Arizona — elaborate baby gender reveal parties, a growing trend among...
Hashtag Saudi Arabia: Chasing critics on Twitter
Hashtag Saudi Arabia: Chasing critics on Twitter
The United States Justice Department has charged three people, including two Saudis, with spying on Twitter users critical of the kingdom's royal...
Fact-checking is no silver bullet but it does help fight disinformation
Fact-checking is no silver bullet but it does help fight disinformation
According to fact-checkers at the Washington Post, United States President Donald Trump has made more than 13 000 false or misleading...
Video stars: Russian child bloggers score millions of 'likes'
Video stars: Russian child bloggers score millions of 'likes'
Liza Anokhina was 11 when people started recognising her in the street. Now a year older, she is one of Russia's most popular child bloggers with...
Iraq cut the internet, and the economy suffered
Iraq cut the internet, and the economy suffered
When anti-government demonstrations shook Iraq, authorities cut the internet to disconnect protesters and slow sharing of bloody images — a...
Beware the bullshit
Beware the bullshit
The truth is not always welcome. Recently the 16-year-old Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg, addressed the United Nations. She criticised world...
Apple pulls Hong Kong app used by protesters after China warning
Apple pulls Hong Kong app used by protesters after China warning
Apple on Thursday removed an app criticised by China for allowing protesters in Hong Kong to track police, as Beijing steps up pressure on foreign...
The idealism of #ImStaying has its limits
The idealism of #ImStaying has its limits
Disappointment and dissatisfaction seem to define post-apartheid South Africa. These attitudes manifest in different ways. For the millions of...
Are SA’s university professors a bunch of socialists?
Are SA’s university professors a bunch of socialists?
No political philosophy, ideology or theory is beyond the scrutiny of intellectual critique. However, one expects such scrutiny to be fair, honest,...

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