Politics

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What the TikTok deal means for user data and geopolitics

As TikTok already stores data in the USA or Singapore, the move to Oracle-provided infrastructure is unlikely to have any tangible impact on users. The (claimed) national security concerns will likely remain – if ByteDance retains a significant share in TikTok Global.

Social media is possibly leveling Kenya’s political field

In Kenya, social media platforms are a tool for communication and not an end in themselves. For more effective messages, even political candidates for lower offices may need to engage paid communication managers.

Keeping the African Continental Free Trade Area on track

African leaders have agreed to fast-track the processes leading to the commencement of trading to be implemented for the outstanding AfCFTA negotiations by moving them online.

Nigeria has a poor data collection culture

The fact that a foreign company, SAGEM, still has access to an offshore database it collected on Nigerians implies that the stakeholders have not comprehended the implications that a compromise of such data has on its citizens.

Taxation fuels the digital divide

A study carried out in the first quarter of 2020 found that the price of 1GB of mobile data in Somalia is $ 0.50, way much cheaper than most African countries, and among the cheapest rates for mobile data in the world. The cost in Kenya is $ 1.05.

If Microsoft is successful in buying TikTok, it will be a loss for users

In what seems to be a common occurrence, the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is once again in the headlines. A deal is being negotiated between TikTok’s parent company ByteDance and Microsoft.

Internet shutdowns are threatening democracy and development

The first case of Internet shutdown in sub-Saharan Africa was in Guinea in 2007. In the intervening years, light has been shone on the devastating impact of shutdowns across Africa.