The Fake News Wave: Academic Libraries’ Battle Against Misinformation During COVID-19
Posted by Andrew Dunn in Social Sciences and Humanities Librarians’ Blog on May 24, 2021
Bangani, S. (2021) ‘The Fake News Wave: Academic Libraries’ Battle Against Misinformation During COVID-19′, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 47(5). From Stellenbosch University Library & Information Service, South Africa, this inspiring example considers the extent of fake news and misinformation in African contexts and the ways libraries have been helping to combat it.
Posted in Media and Communication | Tagged Africa, COVID-19, Fake news, Journalism, Libraries, Misinformation, South Africa | Leave a response
Mozambique Conflict Observatory
Posted by Andrew Dunn in Social Sciences and Humanities Librarians’ Blog on March 1, 2021
Mozambique Conflict Observatory- Cabo Ligado — or ‘connected cape’. A new website from ACLED in association with Zitamar News and Mediafax which aims to monitor levels and trends of political violence in Mozambique and to provide weekly updates of data and visualisations. There is a dashboard with mapping and descriptions of events.
Posted in Politics, Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management, Security and risk | Tagged Africa, Armed conflict, Conflict, Mozambique, Security | Leave a response
African Regional Integration Index
Posted by Andrew Dunn in Social Sciences and Humanities Librarians’ Blog on June 4, 2020
The second edition has recently been released in a collaboration between The African Union Commission, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank. ARII uses sixteen indicators, grouped into five dimensions, to measure how well each country and region in Africa is integrated with its neighbours. The indicators are grouped into 5 areas: Trade […]
Posted in Economics, Management, Politics | Tagged Africa, Development, Economics | Leave a response
Fighting Disinformation Online: Building the Database of Web Tools
Posted by Andrew Dunn in Social Sciences and Humanities Librarians’ Blog on March 6, 2020
A new report from think tank Rand describes the building of the database which has links to useful sources for researchers on detecting spam, codes, credibility scoring, disinformation tracking, verification and education. Also released this week a report from Fullfact.org and Africa Check which includes information resources and an excellent report entitled: Media and information […]
Posted in Education, Media and Communication | Tagged Africa, Education, Internet, Media and Communication, New media | Leave a response
African women own fewer assets than men
Posted by Andrew Dunn in Social Sciences and Humanities Librarians’ Blog on October 25, 2019
Latest Afrobarometer finding on opinion polls conducted in 34 African nations 2016-18. It also covers attitudes towards household decision making. Download the facts and methodology from the website. Assests include mobile phones, computers, bank accounts, transport and TVs.
Posted in Economics, Sociology | Tagged Africa, Economics, Gender equality, Women | Leave a response
What is the current state of the Internet?
Posted by Andrew Dunn in Social Sciences and Humanities Librarians’ Blog on October 4, 2019
Find out in the latest annual report on the global rate of connection from the ITU. This year’s theme is Broadband as Foundation for Sustainable Development. It considers issues on how to bring Africa online and the global digital gap. A new report by the Collaboration for International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), considers […]
Posted in Economics, Media and Communication, Politics | Tagged Africa, Censorship, Communication, Development, Internet, Mobile phones, Social media | Leave a response
Kenya and gay rights
Posted by Andrew Dunn in Social Sciences and Humanities Librarians’ Blog on March 1, 2019
The Kenyan Penal code currently criminalises same sex relations in sections 162 and 165. A penalty can be 14 years in prison. The courts recently postponed a reconsideration of the code until May This interesting article from the Conversation sets such laws in a wider colonial context For further information try these resources: For background context see the UK Home […]
Posted in Criminology, Politics, Sociology | Tagged Africa, Gay equality, Hate crime, Human Rights, Kenya, LGBT | Leave a response
Chinese aid to Africa: what are the facts?
Posted by Andrew Dunn in Social Sciences and Humanities Librarians’ Blog on December 15, 2017
China has become the biggest donor of aid to Africa- read more about the background in this interesting article from the Conversation. The Economist has also recently launched the China Going Global Index . which you can download from its website after free registration. It ranks 59 major economies in terms of their attractiveness to […]
Posted in Economics, Finance, International Relations | Tagged Africa, Aid, China, Economics | Leave a response
Posted by Andrew Dunn in Social Sciences and Humanities Librarians’ Blog on December 16, 2016
Two major annual reports released recently. African Human Development report 2016 focuses upon women’s empowerment. The Arab Human Development report focuses upon Youth. Keep up to date with recent publications by checking the magnificent ELDIS website .
Posted in Economics, Education, Management, Sociology | Tagged Africa, Development, Middle East, Women, Youth | Leave a response
Identities: Understanding Islam in a Cross-Cultural Context
Posted by Andrew Dunn in Social Sciences and Humanities Librarians’ Blog on July 22, 2016
Useful online project and exhibition space created in collaboration by the Museum of History and Holocaust Education (Kennesaw State University) and the Ben M’Sik Community Museum (Hassan II University, Casablanca, Morocco) which seeks to explore the identities and experiences of Muslims living in the U.S. South as well as Moroccan Muslims in the largely immigrant […]
Posted in Media and Communication, Sociology | Tagged Africa, Journalism, Muslims, USA | Leave a response