Researcher: Hate, dangerous speech low among Ethiopian facebook users

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Ethiopians’ discussion on facebook is much more nuanced than perceived to be, according to a team of researchers monitoring the social media. The lead researcher, Iginio Gagliardone, says the ratio of hate speech and dangerous speech is negligible. “Only 0.4% of statements in our sample have been classified as hate […]

Jawar Mohammed: ‘The scary image of Agazi needs to be reexamined’

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Characterizing the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) as “Tigrean army” is a commonplace among the diaspora opposition. The exact composition of top-level commanders is unknown, as the military is secretive about everything. Anecdotal information suggest the dominance of the armed struggle veterans in the command structure of the army. Yet, […]

Eritrea: An Offline State Thriving Online

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(Tesfay Nigus Ayenew) A little nation, as young as my nephew and as isolated as no nation on the continent, is trying to be a state to be reckoned with in the cyber world in recent times than ever before. Many had hoped to see a peaceful, democratic and prosperous […]

Woliso, A day at a hotspot of Oromo Protests

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Just 120 Km drive from Addis Ababa, there is Woliso town, South West Shewa zone of Oromia region – one of the hotspots of the three-week long protests. Being close to Addis is not unique to Woliso, as several hotspots are also close to Addis Ababa, including Bantu, where one […]

Ethiopia: Death toll rises to 5 as protests in Oromia mark third week

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Series of protests that engulfed Ethiopia’s largest region Oromia for a third full week left at least five people dead. The controversial “master plan” for the capital Addis Ababa was the prominent rallying cause of the protestors. Misappropriation of school land for local officials’ personal use was the triggering factor […]

It is hoax: Facebook not charging any monthly fees

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Facebook will not charge $2.99 per month from November 1 as claimed by an article in National Report, which turns out fake. The report on the satirical website, read that the social networking site has decided to launch new monthly service plan from November 1st of this year. Facebook is […]

Kenya to mobilize 200 social media users to salvage tourism sector

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(Niyi Aderibigbe) Kenya has turned to social media to save its ailing tourism industry, with the government calling on users of the interactive platforms to help steer the recovery of the industry. The Ministry of East African Commission (EAC) Affairs, Commerce and Tourism has therefore set up a task force […]

Kenya: How a Facebook group in is shaming deadbeat parents

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(Rick Noack) There are selfish, negligent parents all over the world. In Kenya, however, a new Facebook group has now taken private parental disputes public. “Dead Beat Kenya” – which was founded Sept. 6 and already has 170,000 members – aims at exposing those who have refused to care for […]

Ethiopian extremists’ facebook posts’d be depressing you – Insights from a new research

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Last month, the international media was buzz with a controversial research conducted on facebook. The study, titled “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks”, published on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Cornel University researchers and Facebook’s code data science unit teamed up to test whether […]

Ethiopia: New Media, Democratization and ‘Going with the Grain’

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(Befekadu Wolde Gabriel) Did the democratization process came to a halt in Ethiopia? How to enhance the democratic deliberation of citizens using New Media? What does it mean ‘Going with the Grain’ – the new political discourse of neo-liberals and their foot soldiers who are being forced to change their […]

Quick comment on the detention of bloggers, journalists

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Ethiopia detained six bloggers and a journalist on Friday, as reported earlier. The subsequent day another two added to the list. On Sunday, a Federal First Instance Court remanded the nine detainees to police custody until May 7 and 8. The as the police requested were brought to blogger and […]

Update–1 | Ethiopia detains online activists

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Ethiopian government has detained several opposition activists and bloggers, according to sources close the detainees. The list of detainees reportedly includes a group of opposition bloggers who collectively blog under the name Zone Nine and another freelancer journalist – all Ethiopian citizens. According to the information available so far, bloggers […]

Ethiopian Minister’s pro-Gay tweet and the grim days ahead

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Arguably, last Monday was the first day ever an Ethiopian official made the most daring remark on the LGBT(Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals) issue. The remark was prompted by Uganda’s anti-gay legislation that imposes life imprisonment for gays and obliges citizens to report anyone they suspect. Ethiopia’s Minister of Youth, Women […]

Mek’ele vessel’s name corrected after public backlash

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Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise corrected the Geez inscription on the controversial Mek’ele vessel body, after weeks of lobbying. Historian Gebrekidan Desta urge there is more to be done. Mek’ele vessel – named after the capital of Tigrai state, was delivered by the Chinese ship builder firm six weeks […]

Sister: Ethiopian hijacker was paranoid, needs help

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Sister of the copilot-turned-hijacker, Hailemedhin Abera, claims her brother was under mental stress for the past few months and appealed for compassion in a note she posted on facebook. Tinsae Abera, 26, is the youngest one in the family, according to sources who also told HornAffairs the facebook timeline is genuine. […]