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How the algorithmic medium transforms public opinion, politics and science: open data, open science, open public space, open living labs, open politics, open innovation...
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Ethiopia blocked social media for everyone because it’s “a distraction for students”

Ethiopia blocked social media for everyone because it’s “a distraction for students” | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
After university entrance exams were cancelled because the questions were posted online, Ethiopia's government has responded by blocking access to social media. The ban applies to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Viber.  Despite perceived ulterior motives, authorities insist the government has the students' best interests at heart. "It's a temporary measure until Wednesday," Getachew Reda, a government spokesman, said. "Social medi
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Microsoft and Facebook turn to white space broadband to connect Ghanaian students

Microsoft and Facebook turn to white space broadband to connect Ghanaian students | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
The big U.S. tech companies’ quest to connect more people in developing countries is stepping up, with Facebook now joining Microsoft in a West African white space broadband project.
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Wikipedia Doesn’t Realize It's the Developing World’s Internet Gatekeeper

Wikipedia Doesn’t Realize It's the Developing World’s Internet Gatekeeper | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it

Good intentions or not, Wikipedia Zero has given the community the opportunity to censor the developing world's internet experience. Angolan pirats using Wikipedia Zero

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How mobile phones are making cash obsolete in Africa

How mobile phones are making cash obsolete in Africa | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Rise of services that allow people to conduct transactions on cell phones is making paper money and credit cards a thing of the past
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