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Social media as an accountability tool

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From the Africa Progress Panel’s latest bulletin:

At the [Pan Africa Media Summit], Uganda's Minister for Information and National Guidance, Kabakumba Labwoni Masiko, was asked a question about Uganda's proposed media regulations and the moderator did not let the Minister take the question and ensured the session stayed on topic. The discussion immediately shifted online as attendees began to tweet about the incident.

It’s clear that Africans are increasingly using social media as an accountability tool.

Speaking of social media, California, the alumni magazine of the University of California at Berkeley (my alma mater) has an excellent article on academic bloggers, pointing out that many of them blog “to sift truth from subterfuge.”


Shanta Devarajan

Teaching Professor of the Practice Chair, International Development Concentration, Georgetown University

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