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The Data Politics of Pandemics: The Cost of Covid-19 Denialism

[cross-posted from CIPESA here.] At the onset of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the prognosis for how Africa would manage the  pandemic was bleak. Many (mostly western-based) epidemiologists anticipated that the pandemic would kill millions of Africans. Researchers at the Imperial College London put the number of estimated deaths at three million as the worst case scenario if […]

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 “What’s your n?”: Inclusivity & Equity in Data Economies and Doubt (by Dr Michel Wahome)

‘White fronting’—is a strategy used by Black, African digital entrepreneurs to improve their odds of attracting financial investment. They hire a white CEO or partner with a white colleague who acts as the ‘face’ of the company. A common response from other researchers to the idea of white fronting as a strategy, is the instinct […]

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Reflections on Data + Elections (by Rob Macdonald)

Many commentators highlighted the potential for voters to be empowered by the growth of mobile telecommunications across the African continent. However, this initial enthusiasm has somewhat waned as accounts of targeted messaging during elections have become common, particularly as the content of these messages has often been misleading, out-right false, or inciting. The recent rise […]

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Reflections on Data + Money (by Paul Kithinji)

In East Africa particularly, the digital financial services industry has grown exponentially and so has the volume of digital data collected by players. Digital financial services have also brought about greater financial inclusion. However, this has fueled concerns about the processing, storage and use of data collected. Concerns ranging from the relationship between the data […]

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On the Development of Data & Labour (by Mohammad Amir Anwar)

Behind the apparent invisible workings of the digital economy is human labour, who perform a variety of tasks involving manipulating digital data. We call this digital labour, which can be performed by workers both at the firm-level and at the individual levels through digital labour platforms. Driverless cars, search engines, recommendation systems, and the social […]

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