Twitter and open societies in Africa

A few years back I worked with computer teachers I knew in Gambia from my Peace Corps / Fulbright days. We organized a writing essay contest about how computers / Internet could help with democracy. Prize was a laptop, but there were lots of problems and it never happened. It was complicated. It turned out that my job at GlobalGiving was much more related to that essay theme than I realized when I joined. Search #kenya and you’ll see that Twitter does more for open democracy than foreign AID ever has. Many of these new twitterers are people we introduced to social media.

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