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Africa and the Six ‘I’s: Independence, Investment, Infrastructure, Innovation, Incubation, Inspiration | Str8Talk Chronicle

Africa and the Six ‘I’s: Independence, Investment, Infrastructure, Innovation, Incubation, Inspiration | Str8Talk Chronicle | African media futures | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that Africa has become a major success story. In 2012, six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies were in sub-Saharan Africa, and this trend shows no signs of slowing. In 2012, growth hit 5.3 percent and it is predicted to increase this year. Meanwhile technology is transforming the continent. With 650 million subscribers, Africa’s mobile phone market now exceeds that of the U.S. or EU — a development that is changing lives. In addition to these startling figures, there is Africa’s young population, which, according to projections, will double over the next four decades.

These findings are a source of enormous excitement but they also require thoughtful consideration. I suggest that in looking to Africa’s future, six principles should govern decision-making in business and policy: independence, investment, incubation, innovation, infrastructure and inspiration — the six ‘I’s.

 

 

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Media Creation; Unchained | Visual.ly

Media Creation; Unchained | Visual.ly | African media futures | Scoop.it
Mobile devices, with the help of social media, are taking over media creation.

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Tagmotion's curator insight, March 6, 2013 4:52 PM

Content discovery on mobile devices is a particular challenge. How do you use the limited real estate to best effect?

Tagmotion's Windows Explorer (or Mac Finder)-type interface is one way to present the maximum number of items in the minimum space.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK06QJKbd3o 

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LV Johnston's curator insight, March 23, 2013 7:35 AM

Infographics are fast becoming the way to share details and analytics that move way beyond the standard pie charts used by many businesses in terms of "telling the story".

 

Here's another good example that highlights the importance of social media for content creators and how the smartphone platforms must be considered when creating content. It's not just a smartphone anymore, it's become the canvas!

 

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15 Radical Redesigns For The TV Remote

15 Radical Redesigns For The TV Remote | African media futures | Scoop.it
The evolution of televisions over the last several decades has been slow and steady. Every year, as true as the seasons, TVs have gotten bigger and more complex.

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Rita Abeloos F's curator insight, March 18, 2013 6:56 AM

get ready for a couch revolution

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TMT Predictions 2013 #infographic | Deloitte

TMT Predictions 2013 #infographic | Deloitte | African media futures | Scoop.it

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Does Gamification Help Classroom Learning?

Does Gamification Help Classroom Learning? | African media futures | Scoop.it
Does making activities into games help kids learn in the classroom? One mother finds kids need to be engaged, not just play to earn points. (RT @mashable: Does making activities into games help kids learn in the classroom?
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StumbleUpon And Content Writing: Traffic Driving Strategy

StumbleUpon And Content Writing: Traffic Driving Strategy | African media futures | Scoop.it
you can bring more traffic to your site?
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The Christian Leader in the Digital Age

The Christian Leader in the Digital Age | African media futures | Scoop.it

The Digital Age is upon us. In the span of less than three decades, we have redefined the way humans communicate, entertain, inform, research, create, and connect – and what we know now is only a hint of what is to come. But the greatest concern of the church is not a technological imperative, but a Gospel imperative.…

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Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction

Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction | African media futures | Scoop.it
What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word?
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Learning with technology and teaching others in Ethiopia is inspiring!

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Diaspora Media: Africa’s missing link with its Diaspora – By Dr Ola Ogunyemi | African Arguments

Diaspora Media: Africa’s missing link with its Diaspora – By Dr Ola Ogunyemi | African Arguments | African media futures | Scoop.it
The brain drain Africa suffered since the double waves of decolonisation and structural adjustment did not only impact negatively on political and economic…
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Will social media create a break-through to connect Africa to the African diaspora?

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The eDOT Geek Daily

The eDOT Geek Daily | African media futures | Scoop.it
The eDOT Geek Daily, by eDOT Geek: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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This inspiring website shows a variety of technological tools, including media aspects, to connect with people.

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Radio raises the volume | 2013 trends

Radio raises the volume | 2013 trends | African media futures | Scoop.it
Radio has always baffled media futurologists, effortlessly bouncing back from perceived 'threats' such as recession right through to technological revolution - something consistently touted by 'radio assassins' as the next to bring about the demise...
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Matona Sakupwanya shares her perspective on the trends that will shape radio advertising in the year 2013.

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Nigeria Crosses 6 Million Facebook Users, Overtakes South Africa [STATS]

Nigeria Crosses 6 Million Facebook Users, Overtakes South Africa [STATS] | African media futures | Scoop.it
Nigeria has become Africa's second largest country on Facebook, after Egypt with over 6 million users, overtaking South Africa for the first time ever.
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How could media organisations interact with the growing number of Facebook users in Africa in a constructive way?

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Reports from Sudan: Sudan Radio Service's Use of Mobile | MobileActive.org

Reports from Sudan: Sudan Radio Service's Use of Mobile | MobileActive.org | African media futures | Scoop.it

The Sudan Radio Service, which has been operating since 2006, began incorporating mobile technology into its work during 2011 to both monitor the reach of its broadcasts and to solicit reader feedback.

Rudolf Kabutz's insight:

Future integration of mobile phone technology with radio broadcasts can facilitate increased interaction between a broadcasting station and the audience. Sudan Radio is a great inspiration in implementing a working system!

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How does TV Everywhere work? | OTT content from Broadcast Engineering

How does TV Everywhere work? | OTT content from Broadcast Engineering | African media futures | Scoop.it
The TV Everywhere proposition is that cable, satellite & telco TV subscribers should be able to enjoy their subscription content online at different programmer properties – no longer shackled to their TVs or the Multi-Video Programmer Distributors...
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If Future Is Online, Where Are Profits?

If Future Is Online, Where Are Profits? | African media futures | Scoop.it
People in the media business say that the future is online video. Just how many companies will be able to profit is the big question.

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Philips Turns Pane of Glass Into a 3D TV

Philips Turns Pane of Glass Into a 3D TV | African media futures | Scoop.it
Philips has launched a new line of TVs called DesignLine, and they're definitely very different from most other TVs on the market.

Via Vikram R Chari
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Deloitte | TMT Predictions 2013 | TMT | Technology, Media & Telecommunications | Industries | BYOC, BYOP, BYOD

Deloitte | TMT Predictions 2013 | TMT | Technology, Media & Telecommunications | Industries | BYOC, BYOP, BYOD | African media futures | Scoop.it
Explore Technology industry trends & insights from TMT Predictions 2013. Watch videos, listen to podcasts, download reports, and more.

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Kenyan Short "Pumzi" Explores Life After The Water Wars

Kenyan Short "Pumzi" Explores Life After The Water Wars | African media futures | Scoop.it
One of the standout science fiction films at this year's Sundance Festival is Wanuri Kahiu's short Pumzi, set in Kenya of the future, after water wars have decimated humanity.
Rudolf Kabutz's insight:

For a change: a science fiction movie from Africa's perspective

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The Formula For a Perfect Movie

The Formula For a Perfect Movie | African media futures | Scoop.it
A Cornell University professor analyzed 150 of the highest grossing movies of the last 70 years. The more recent the movie, he found, the closer it adhered to the mathematical formula that describes the human attention span.

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I used Google Glass: the future, with monthly updates

I used Google Glass: the future, with monthly updates | African media futures | Scoop.it

Up close and personal with Google's visionary new computer.

The frosted-glass doors on the 11th floor of Google’s NYC headquarters part and a woman steps forward to greet me. This is an otherwise normal specimen of humanity. Normal height, slender build; her eyes are bright, inquisitive. She leans in to shake my hand and at that moment I become acutely aware of the device she’s wearing in the place you would expect eyeglasses: a thin strip of aluminum and plastic with a strange, prismatic lens just below her brow. Google Glass.

What was a total oddity a year ago, and little more than an experiment just 18 months ago is now starting to look like a real product.But as I release from that handshake and study the bizarre device resting on my greeter’s brow, my mind begins to fixate on a single question: who would want to wear this thing in public?

 

 

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Africa 2.0 & Social Media Week Lagos present “An Evening with the Leaders” – Tuesday 19th February 2013 | Delegation Headed by Olusegun Obasanjo | Bella Naija

Africa 2.0 & Social Media Week Lagos present “An Evening with the Leaders” – Tuesday 19th February 2013 | Delegation Headed by Olusegun Obasanjo | Bella Naija | African media futures | Scoop.it

“Africa 2.0 is proud to host “An Evening with Leaders” in partnership with Social Media Week, this event represents some of the values we hold dear – open dialogue, information-sharing and innovation – which are critical to developing leaders that will move Africa forward.”

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The World's Tweets Light Up the Globe in Stunning Live Visualization | Wired Design | Wired.com

It's simple, but lovely. Web designer Franck Ernewein's real-time Twitter visualization, Tweetping, drops a bright pixel at the location of every tweet in the world, starting as soon as you open the page.
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Where are Africa's twitterers? And where are the Chinese and Indians?

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Mapping Digital Media: South Africa | Open Society Foundations

Mapping Digital Media: South Africa | Open Society Foundations | African media futures | Scoop.it

Developments in digital media in South Africa are densely intertwined with political factors, according to this Open Society Foundations report. The government has sought to be the driver of digitization, but it has also caused repeated delays in digital roll-out. In addition, the government has had contradictory interests such as promoting competition while also favoring large enterprises in which it has controlling or monopoly shares.

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Africa poised for a great future | 2013 trends

Africa poised for a great future | 2013 trends | African media futures | Scoop.it
As 2013 commences, afro-pessimism seems to cede to afro-optimism. There is a global consensus: Africa is poised for a great future. What will be the impact of Africa's growth on our industry? What will be the major trends of the year?
Rudolf Kabutz's insight:

Amongst the 10 trends for 2013 that are listed, at least 5 are closely related to the media in Africa. Media and communication thus may play a key role in the further development of Africa.

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The ONE Campaign aims to bring African voices to the table

The ONE Campaign aims to bring African voices to the table | African media futures | Scoop.it

As the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015, The ONE Campaign, an international grassroots advocacy backed by more than 3 million members worldwide, is launching an initiative to make sure the world's poorest people have a say in the development of the next set of goals to eradicate extreme poverty ...

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The ONE Campaingn is using various media channels as well as mobile phone technology to hear from African what the new MDGs should be. When the original MDGs were disigned in 2000, only 16.5 million Africans had mobile phones, but now there are 650 million mobile phones in use. Through this explosion in information and connectivity the leaders can hear which priorities Africans believe the new development agenda should include.

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