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Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Issa Rae: Internet Celebrity

The outside of the Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica was bustling with activity. A thick Autumn mist obscured the sea and the sky was grey, but the mood was warm. People milled outside the hotel lobby on their cell phones, tweeting and texting their excitement, sharing it with their invisible digital friends. Myself and

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Swag, Swag, #Swag

I have been a little silent lately here on AIAC. I’m gonna start posting more, although perhaps in briefer form (do visit duttyartz.com to see some of what I’ve been up to recently). For now I leave...

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

When videos of abuses go viral in Angola

For the past two weeks, most Angolans that frequent Facebook and other social media sites viewed and shared two particularly gruesome videos. One showed prison officials severely beating incarcerated men in the Comarca de Viana (Viana Jail),...

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Zambia’s Gossip Girl

Even as a child, I knew Zambia was a media dictatorship. No one dared say too much that criticised the government; and anyway, where did we get our daily news? Two sources — a nationalised newspaper, and...

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

File Under No Comment: ‘Send Me To Africa’

With a click of the button… (a contest sponsored by sponsors). It’s an empty landscape. With pyramids.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Today I’ll eat for Belgium

Yes, some Europeans, specifically Belgians — who else but “a fine group of web designers, web developers, communication specialists, tech, boys and girls” — came up with this idea. So if someone asks you why you need...

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Elections in Zambia

In the 3rd grade, I came back fresh from my first civics lesson in Mrs. Marshall’s class at Nkana Trust School, to announce, “Zambia is a One-Party Participatory Democracy. Kenneth Kaunda is our President. He believes in...

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

F***yesafricans

Someone started a a page called fuckyesafricans in the vein of the “fuckyes” tumblr meme. For those unfamiliar with the format, the dry title is meant for irony filled humor to follow once you click the link....

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Strawberries and Peri-Peri

The website of South Africa’s ruling party was down for a minute after hackers took it over. The site is back up again. But given that lately ANC leaders make no distinction between political office and running businesses,...

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Vanity Fair does Egypt

Vanity Fair’s May issue features a photographic series of young Egyptians dubbed, at various points in the accompanying article, ‘tech-savvy internet activists.’ The first photograph is of Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who created the Arabic-language Facebook...

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The World According to Facebook

Facebook intern Paul Butler, who created the map, writes that he wanted to see “how geography and political borders affected where people lived relative to their friends.” He took about ten million friendships—that is, pairs of Facebook...

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Moçambique Popular

Long before football blogging became commonplace and banal (think Dirty Tackle and The Spoiler), Davy Lane blogged about football. He started again before the 2010 World Cup which took him to South Africa and then post-World Cup...

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Africa, Now With Internet

“… The continent of Africa has been so fucked over from an economic standpoint—as an engineer, how do I use my skills to do something that’s transformative?”  So asked Paul English, the co-founder of travel search engine...

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Nigerian Internet Speak

What’s LWKM? Laugh wan kill me. The blog, Naijaslangs, has already collected 82 Nigerian internet slang words compiled here. (The list grows every day.)