Last week, I got an email question from a colleague (we’ll call her ‘Amy’). I asked Amy for permission to answer her question in a more public forum, because this is a question I get quite often. And it is a question that is difficult to answer without trampling on the genuine—albeit, often naive—spirit of your everyday […]






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Tom Jackson, writing for Quartz Africa: The impact of mobile money, for one, has not been uniform across the continent. M-Pesa has been a resounding success in Kenya, where over half of adult consumers have an account and a huge share of the country’s GDP passes through the system. Yet it was slower to take […]






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A photo posted by TMS Ruge (@tmsruge) on Mar 15, 2016 at 9:56am PDT The days just add up; the sunsets, one after the other close out long hot days doing the menial 1000 things one must accomplish on a daily basis to achieve anything. I am sitting on this porch, listening to the sounds […]






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But there is much energy and raw materials to use elsewhere in the solar system, and eventually, he prophesies, there will be the “great inversion.” Instead of factories on Earth manufacturing sophisticated components that go into tiny machines that go into space, the heavy manufacturing will all be done elsewhere, and Earth, he joked, would […]






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Last week, Apple’s Tim Cook published a letter to its customers explaining why they plan to fight the FBI’s request to compel Apple to unlock an iPhone used by the San Bernadino terrorist attackers: Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and […]






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I joined three other Ugandans on Al Jazeera’s The Stream to discuss the recent Ugandan presidential elections: Irene Ikomu @miss__rizzy Coordinator, Parliament Watch Uganda Bebe Cool @BebeCoolUG Ugandan Musician Andrew Karamagi @karamagi_andrew Lawyer and activist There’s a silent resignation in some corners of the country about how the elections were handled. Many expected and voted for change of […]






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Teddy Ruge: Frustrations are an opportunity to innovate from Design Indaba South Africa-based Design Indaba stopped in to see what we are up to at Hive Colab and recording the above interview. Came together well.






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After discovering 20,000 ghost voters in the 2016 voter registry, we spent yesterday deep-diving into the reported number of registered voters against the number of citizens eligible to register as voters in the country. You can find Evelyn Namara’s analysis here. And Javie Ssozi’s analysis here. Part of the difficulty in ascertaining the accuracy of the […]






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Last week, I finished reading Adichie’s Americannah and promptly threw it across the room. The book infuriated me. It wasn’t because it was yet another book with Adichie’s predictable pace and prose. The book infuriated me because I saw in each character a piece of my journey through the world. I was furious but thrilled at the same time that […]






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Yeah, I said it, Kampala beats any other East African capital for the best place to live and work. The appeal may not be immediately obvious. It is not as clean as Kigali, or by the cerulean Indian Ocean like Dar, or as globalized as Nairobi, but let’s be real: Kigali is way too restrained, […]






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