Africa

Summer Reading: Dan Drezner’s Theories of International Politics and Zombies, Colson Whitehead’s Zone One

Much of my summer reading centers on the idea of civics outside of the conventional bounds of the state. I’m interested in understanding reasons why individuals and groups grow frustrated with traditional state-bound politics, and what forms of civics they explore when they opt out of engagement with the state.

APC and IFLA workshop on public access at the African Internet Governance Forum

8 July 2014
(APCNews)

Later this week at the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nigeria, the APC and International Federation of Library As

“New media, new civics?” and reactions in Policy & Internet

This past December, I gave a talk at the Oxford Internet Institute about possible relationships between “new media” and new approaches to participatory civics –

Maker Faire Africa comes to Jo’Burg

Maker Faire Africa was first held in Ghana in 2009, then Kenya 2010, Egypt 2011, Nigeria 2012 and now in South Africa 2014. It’s been an amazing thing to be a part of, and the best is to be there and see the local ingenuity, the practical inventions that are made by some of the smartest and scrappiest people in Africa.

Reflections on two days in a ‘media silo’

I’m sitting in the old German parliament building listening to a plenary discussion on activism.

Queer Rights in Kenya: A Conversation with Njeri Gateru

When asked about the recent progress of Kenya’s LGBT movement, Njeri Gateru doesn’t hesitate to answer with the word, “Visibility.” She describes promoting conversations on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) in public spac

UPDATE: APC condemns arbitrary detention of women human rights defenders in Egypt

MONTREAL
25 June 2014
(APCNews)

APC denounces the arrests of 23 protestors and human rights defenders in Egypt, including the arrest of Yara

Arbitrary detention of women human rights defenders

24 June 2014
(Nazra for Feminist Studies)

On 21 June 2014, eight women human rights defenders were arrested for protesting peacefully against the Pro

UPDATE: APC members support statement to release APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah

MONTREAL
23 June 2014
(APCNews)

APC strongly condemns the conviction of Egyptian activist and APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah, sentenced on 11 June

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