How Africa tweets …


New research reveals how Africa Tweets

South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco lead Tweeting on the continent

 

Nairobi, 26 January 2012Young people Tweeting from mobile devices are driving the growth of Twitter in Africa, according to How Africa Tweets, new research launched in Nairobi today.

In the first ever attempt to comprehensively map the use of Twitter in Africa, Portland Communications and Tweetminster analysed over 11.5 million geo-located Tweets originating on the continent during the last three months of 2011. This pan-African analysis of Twitter traffic was complemented by a survey of 500 of Africa’s most active Tweeters.

How Africa Tweets found:

·         South Africa is the continent’s most active country by volume of geo-located Tweets, with over twice as many Tweets (5,030,226 during Q4 2011) as the next most active Kenya (2,476,800). Nigeria (1,646,212), Egypt (1,214,062) and Morocco (745,620) make up the remainder of the top five most active countries.

·         57% of Tweets from Africa are sent from mobile devices.

·         60% of Africa’s most active Tweeters are aged 20-29.

·         Twitter in Africa is widely used for social conversation, with 81% of those polled saying that they mainly used it for communicating with friends.

·         Twitter is becoming an important source of information in Africa. 68% of those polled said that they use Twitter to monitor news. 22% use it to search for employment opportunities.

·         African Twitter users are active across a range of social media, including Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Mark Flanagan, Portland’s Partner for Digital Communications, says: “One of the more surprising findings of this research is that more public figures have not joined Africa’s burgeoning Twittersphere. With some notable exceptions, we found that business and political leaders were largely absent from the debates playing out on Twitter across the continent. As Twitter lifts off in Africa, governments, businesses and development agencies can really no longer afford to stay out of a new space where dialogue will increasingly be taking place.”

How Africa Tweets found that Twitter is helping to form new links within Africa. The majority of those surveyed said that at least half of the Twitter accounts they follow are based on the continent.

Beatrice Karanja, Associate Director and head of Portland Nairobi, says: “We saw the pivotal role of Twitter in the events in North Africa last year, but it is clear that Africa’s Twitter revolution is really just beginning. Twitter is helping Africa and Africans to connect in new ways and swap information and views. And for Africa – as for the rest of the world – that can only be good.”

This post is from an Email of  matthew.gould@portland-communications.com (Matthew Gould)

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03 legal tricks bloggers should know …


Here is a very interesting post i picked up from http://mashable.com about legal precautions you, as blogger (more for those who are professional), you have to take into consideration. I, personally have not yet made a deep study on the legal aspects of blogging (and citizen media in general) but i believe that all bloggers (professional or not) have to be aware of their rights, obligations  and risks when they blog. In Madagascar, there is no internet law and only few bloggers earn income from their blogging activities. Anyway, the upcoming global movement of Malagasy bloggers goes on only one direction: the professionalization of bloggers.

Blogging has grown up more quickly than anyone imagined. There are now nearly 163 million blogs worldwide with more than 69 thousand blogs created every 24 hours. But blogging isn’t just the purview of hobbyists; the ever-expanding blog industry features top-performing businesses that bring in serious revenue. Blogs have given platforms to a collection of original voices, provocative opinions and a wealth of knowledge.

Even though blogging has become a serious industry, some new bloggers may not consider its legal aspects. If you’re a self-employed or self-starting blogger, here are some of the key things to keep in mind as you navigate the legal and business aspects of your blog:


Do You Have Liability Concerns?


While running an in-home childcare center or launching a catering business seem like naturally risky professions, it’s hard to imagine that sitting behind a computer can put you at any real risk of a lawsuit. Still, there are some serious liability issues for bloggers. What if you unintentionally plagiarize someone’s work? Or maybe you end up writing about a mobile phone prototype left at a bar? What if you can’t pay your vendors? What happens if you’re fined by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) or named in a class-action lawsuit for positively reviewing a defective product? (damn … I have a lot to say about it ..)

Most bloggers are probably aware that back in December 2009, the FTC revised their guidelines to bring social media and Internet advertisers into the mix. At the heart of this revision was a concern that it was becoming increasingly difficult to recognize an “advertisement” in social media. In 2010 the ruling reverberated throughout the marketing world and the blogosphere. Controversy surrounded Twitter, high profile celebrities, and improperly disclosed sponsor relationships. As a result, every blogger needs to be aware of the guidelines and take some simple steps to minimize their liability.

Step 1: Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure!

Bloggers need to disclose any “material relationship” with an advertiser or brand. This relationship can encompass anything from receiving cash, free tickets, or a free product in exchange for a product review or blog post.

For example, Joe is a video game expert who blogs about his gaming experiences. A manufacturer sends him a free game and asks him to write about it. Accepting this free game creates a material relationship that must be disclosed, or else Joe can face substantial fines. Beyond these legal considerations, disclosure is good practice that maintains a level a trust between the blogger and his or her audience.

Step 2: Talk About What Consumers Can “Generally Expect”

It’s no longer acceptable for an advertiser (or blog review) to make outrageous claims (I made $50,000 last month from home; I lost 50 pounds in 2 months; I look 25 years younger overnight) only to put a “results not typical” disclaimer in fine print. Advertisers and bloggers are bound to disclose results that “consumers can generally expect.” Failure to comply can result in substantial fines, actions by the State Attorney General, consumer protection lawsuits, or consumer-driven class-action suits. In most cases the company itself will be the defendant, but a participating blogger could be named in such a lawsuit.

Step 3: Incorporate or Form an LLC

Most self-employed business owners start thinking about incorporation in order to reduce their tax burden (if you’re paying self-employment taxes, you know what I mean). However, the main benefit of incorporating your blog or forming an LLC (Limited Liability Company) is the separation of your personal and business finances, thus minimizing your personal liability.

The LLC and Corporation (either S Corp or C Corp) protects a business owner’s personal assets from any liability of the company. So if your blog happens to be sued or fined, your personal assets, such as property or a savings account, are shielded from any judgment. On the other hand, if you’re sued as a sole proprietor, you’ll be sued personally. This means that your personal assets are at risk.

The other important factor to know is that creditor judgments can actually last up to 22 years. If you’re sued today, your personal assets will still be vulnerable throughout that time period. Keep in mind that, while you might just be starting out without few significant personal assets today, you should be protecting the assets you’ll earn tomorrow.


I’m not a fan of scare tactics, but I am a fan of education. Most likely, you’ll never run into any sort of problems with your blog. However, just in case, it’s best to shield your personal assets through an LLC or Corp, to use some common sense when choosing your advertising/marketing partners, and always to err on the side of transparency.

Nellie AKALP

TEDxAntananarivo 2011


Ideas can change the world … especially if there are good willing people who are ready to realize them. Ideas change the world when great thinkers gather to find concrete solutions and to win global challenges. TED which stands for “Technology – Entertainment – Design” is an annual international event which has existed for 25 years. It aims to gather great thinkers, specialists, decision makers, and influential people to debate about world issues. Recognized through its “American standards” (…) and above all its close collaboration with bloggers, TED is represented throughout the world by its TED fellows who have the duty to organize a TEDx every year on the internationally chosen “master topic”.

Madagascar has also its TEDx: TEDxAntananarivo, led by blogger Harinjaka Ratozamanana. TEDxAntananarivo has existed in Madagascar since 2009. Tomorrow, there will be a TEDxAntananarivo which will be handled at CCI Ivato (International Conference Center). The topic will be: “Ideas for Women Cancer Control In Africa”

Even if female cancer has normally nothing to do with Technology, Entertainment and Design, none can deny the horrible damage that it causes to the black continent and the necessity to eradicate it. This is the reason why Akbaraly foundation and Orange, sponsors of the event, both decided to have female cancer in Africa as topic for TEDxAntananarivo 2011.

The whole event will be live-blogged and twitted by barijaona, phoenixmag, saveoursmile, 1975jmr, ariniaina, avylavitra, dagomc, mossieurnjo, gasyjodasy, r1lita, tandriamirado, thierry_ratsiz, elsifaka, rf_candy, sahaza, and jentilisa

Unfortunately for me, I will not be there for tomorrow but I am pretty sure that my friend-bloggers (above listed) who are among the best bloggers of Madagascar, will rock it as usual!

TED it!

P.S.: I won’t miss the next TEDx!


MOOV NE SUPPORTE PAS LES BLOGGERS MALAGASY, ça tombe bien, nous non plus …


La liberté d’expression est diversement appréciée à Madagascar. MOOV, un FAI Malagasy, connue par son slogan “Internet revolution”, s’est récemment fait remarqué par une action plus qu’injustifiée que maladroite auprès du blogosphère locale; cette entreprise qui prône la révolution numérique à Madagascar, a dernièrement assigné en justice un blogger Malagasy: SSD DAGO, pour “propos injurieux et diffamation”. C’est ce qui a été porté à ma connaissance le 03 mai 2011 sur Facebook.

Crash

Tout a commencé avec le crash de la connexion de MOOV en mars 2011. Officiellement justifié par ce dernier comme étant le résultat d’une rupture du cable Eassy, ce crash a soulevé un tollé monstre dans la communauté web de Madagascar. Facebook, Twitter, les forums et les blogs sont devenues du jour au lendemain la “place 13 Mai” des internautes Malagasy, protestant contre le non respect de leur droit à une connexion digne de ce nom, digne de notre époque, et surtout digne de leurs attentes légitimes promises dans le contrat passé avec MOOV. Face à tout celà, MOOV a opté pour la stratégie qui lui paraissait la plus intelligente: le silence.

Faisant partie des usagers qui ont de sérieux griefs contre MOOV, SSD DAGO comme beaucoup de ses compères bloggers, a vociféré contre ce FAI dans son blog.

Les billets rageurs contre MOOV

Le 14 mars 2011, SDD DAGO a publié un billet qui exprime tout son dégout pour MOOV. En effet, se sentant trahi, floué et pris au piège par un contrat de 24 mois qui lui donne droit sans réserve aucune à une connexion de 01 Mbps, SDD DAGO n’a trouvé refuge que dans son blog, unique plateforme lui appartenant  (à défaut de canarder MOOV via presse traditionnelle) qui lui permettait de dénoncer ce qui va de travers à Madagascar. Bien que le titre soit un tantinet provocateur, il exprime parfaitement le ressentiment général des usagers de MOOV. Les informations qu’il publie dans ce billet sont toutes véridiques et ne sauraient être interprété comme étant de la diffamation. L’injure caractérisé dans le titre ne saurait être appréciée en tant que telle. En effet, le terme “MOOV de merde” est, depuis le début des problèmes de connexion, fréquemment utilisé par les forumistes de MOOV (dont les discussions ont été soigneusement supprimé). Le terme ayant été utilisé maintes et maintes fois, il a acquis une propriété d’identification de l’ensemble des problèmes de l’entreprise. SDD DAGO n’a fait que reprendre ce terme. “MOOV de merde” est devenu en quelque sorte une sorte d’anti-slogan puisque mettant surtout l’accent sur les imperfections (restons polis) des offres de l’entreprise.

Le 21 mars 2011, SDD DAGO a sorti un deuxième billet  qui tire des boulets rouges sur une annonce publique que MOOV a enfin publié. Mettant en doute la sincérité et surtout l’honnêteté de MOOV dans cette annonce, SDD DAGO suggère l’envoi d’une lettre avec recommandé qui exige une juste réparation de la part de l’entreprise pour dommages et griefs causés. Cette démarche en soi n’a rien de répréhensible, en effet, il est tout à fait normal que après tort causé, les victimes demandent réparation auprès de celui ou celle qu’ils estiment être le principal fautif. Cette démarche, comme il est proposé içi, se fait d’abord à “l’amiable”. Le recours judiciaire auprès du tribunal compétent ne prend place qu’une fois cette démarche amiable qui priorise une réparation conventionnelle, échoue.

Le 23 mars 2011, un troisième billet accuse MOOV d’avoir menti à ses clients. En effet, dans son annonce qui est parue le 21 mars 2011, MOOV a promis que les réparations sur son câble Eassy ne prendraient que 48 heures. SSD DAGO a fait remarqué qu’au terme de ce deadline, la connexion est restée toujours la même: débile.
24 mars 2011, SSD DAGO a informé sur son blog qu’il a envoyé une lettre auprès de l’OMERT (Office Malagasy de l’Etude et de la Régulation des Télécommunications) dans laquelle il se plaint des déboires avec son FAI et par laquelle, il demande à cet organisme de régulation d’intervenir dans le cadre de la protection des intérêts des usagers d’internet. Ayant lu scrupuleusement le contenu de cette lettre, je peux m’avancer à dire que les faits y énoncés ne soient point factices et que par ailleurs, aucun terme désobligeant envers MOOV ‘y est décelé. Cette lettre fait partie des recours administratives (la seule d’ailleurs) à la portée des usagers internet pour dénoncer un ou des abus dans le secteur. Donc on est en face ici d’une démarche tout à fait légale qui respecte tous les conditions de forme et de fonds.

Réaction de MOOV …

Il faut savoir qu’à aucun moment, MOOV n’a daigné répondre à ses détracteurs, faisant croire du coup à ses clients que leurs problèmes de connexion étaient le dernier de leur soucis. Il y a fort à parier que c’est le dernier billet de SSD DAGO qui est à l’origine de la décision de MOOV de porter l’affaire en justice. L’objectif étant de réduire au silence un blogger qui ne cesse de raller et qui commence à être perçu comme dangereux pour l’image de l’entreprise. Mais le fait est que SSD DAGO n’est pas du tout le seul blogger ou le seul de ses clients qui fait du bruit … alors pourquoi lui?

Jusqu’à présent, les aboiements étaient de nature à ne pas inquiéter MOOV parce que se déroulant en “vase clos” Les choses sérieuses commencent avec l’envoi de la lettre à l’OMERT. En effet, plus qu’une dénonciation, cette correspondance démarre un processus administratif contre MOOV initié par l’état. Il s’avère donc primordiale pour MOOV de discréditer au maximum l’auteur de la lettre pour pouvoir “éteindre” ce début d’enquête administrative puisqu’ayant été initié par une personne de mauvaise foi.

Calomnie ou diffamation?

La diffamation n’est pas expressément prévue par le code pénal Malagasy. Néanmoins, ce même code prévoit la calomnie comme étant une infractions pénale.

Art. 373 – Quiconque aura, par quelque moyen que ce soit, fait une dénonciation calomnieuse contre un ou plusieurs individus aux officiers de justice ou de police administrative ou judiciaire, ou à toute autorité ayant le pouvoir d’y donner suite ou de saisir l’autorité compétente, ou encore aux supérieurs hiérarchiques ou aux employeurs du dénoncé, sera puni d’un emprisonnement de six mois à cinq ans et d’une amende de 100 000 Ariary à 4 500 000 Ariary.

Le tribunal pourra en outre ordonner l’insertion du jugement, intégralement ou par extrait, dans un ou plusieurs journaux, et aux frais du condamné.

Si le fait dénoncé est susceptible de sanction pénale ou disciplinaire, les poursuites pourront être engagées en vertu du présent article soit après jugement ou arrêt d’acquittement ou de relaxe, soit après ordonnance ou arrêt de non-lieu, soit après classement de la dénonciation par le magistrat, fonctionnaire, autorité supérieure ou employeur compétent pour lui donner la suite qu’elle était susceptible de comporter.

La juridiction saisie en vertu du présent article sera tenue de surseoir à statuer si des poursuites concernant le fait dénoncé sont pendantes.

Il s’avère encore assez tôt pour faire une analyse approfondie juridique de l’affaire, nous nous en tiendrons donc là pour le moment …

Le procès de SSD DAGO est actuellement en train de se dérouler au tribunal Anosy, salle n°: 02. Son avocat n’est autre que le renommé Maître Koto Radilofe.

Ce procès revêt une importance particulière pour les bloggers Malagasy puisqu’il s’agit ni plus ni moins d’un procès d’intention mené par une firme multinationale qui n’apprécie pas être critiquée surtout lorsqu’elle est dans son tort, contre un blogger, un client de surcroit, qui n’a a fait que dénoncer un état de fait qui lui était dommageable à plus d’un titre.

Aujourd’hui à la barre, c’est TOUS les bloggers Malagasy qui forment la partie défenderesse. C’est NOTRE COMBAT.

FOKO and the Malagasy blogosphere


On March 18th, 2010, Ambroise PIERRE, in charge of the Africa desk for Reporters without Borders, met with four Antananarivo-based bloggers: Pakysse, Jentilisa, Avylavitra and I. He wanted to know more about the real situation of local journalism in particular and the freedom of speech in general. He was more interested in the involvements of the Malagasy journalism on the political turmoil, and the effects of such crisis (which is not over yet) on Malagasy journalists and on freedom of speech.This appointment was not possible without the priceless help of a former Malagasy journalist and blogger: Randy Donny

Here is a little extract from his report which is visible on the web site of RWB and released on July 12th, 2010. This part dealt with the implication of “new media” on the crisis which started on January 2009.

“FOKO” and the Malagasy blogosphere

Pakysse, Cyber Observer, Jentilisa and Avylavitra,are bloggers, members of “FOKO” (the tribe in Malagasy), a network which gathers more than 400 members in the capital city and in the regions, and which organizes each year the “BOMBS” (Best Of Malagasy Blogs). Writing in Malagasy, in English, and sometimes in French, they do not write the same type of posts and do not always have the same approach of their activity. They have in common the concern to inform, but do not deal with the same topics and give to themselves more or less freedom in their comments. “I am not a journalist, but I have the right to inform. I express my opinions I hate that conventional journalists do not tell all the truth”, one of them said.

During the crisis, they all blogged about politics, some against their will, others less. “Because we have to do everything by ourselves without a boss, we are our own censors. Here, the problem is not that “we can not tell all the truth”, it is that “we tell anything”. The pecuniary aspect makes traditional journalists do anything, but we understand them, we all have to live. We do the reversed way. We spend to inform. To blog costs us money.”

The development of the blogosphere appears as an oxygen breath to the corrupted and self-censored traditional journalism. Even if, according to them, only 03 to 04% of the whole population use internet on the great island, the network is getting developed, and with it, a new practice of the journalism and freedom of speech.

“Blogs and Bullets: Evaluating the impact of new media on conflict”


15 minutes ago, I have seen on the Facebook status of a blogger friend a very interesting link: it is an International conference organized by George Washington University (GWU) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on the impact of new media on conflict. This will take place on July 08th, 2010 at the USIP headquarters (USA, Washington DC). SipaKV, a very active female Malagasy blogger will take part in it. I guess she will have a lot of things to share on it.

Here is the link: “Blogs and Bullets: Evaluating the impact of new media on conflict”

In a country which is destabilized by armed or/and political conflicts, “traditional press” tends to be censored or threaten by the domineering force (an illegal and unconstitutional transitional administration for example ;-)). In most of cases, when a country faces a political crisis, the so-called traditional press (written, online, TV and radio) is also used as a tool (propaganda and political sensitization). Such situation spoils press freedom and credibility and consequently the so-called “new media” is deemed by the “consumers” (Yeah i know, you hate that word …) as a more trustful and more accurate source of information.

New media

New media is mostly constituted by blogs and social networks (Facebook, Twitter, …). I think that its main characteristic is the active involvement of “anyone” (yeah you the consumers) on collecting and sharing news. Anyone who witnesses some facts and wants to report them / Anyone who wants to voice its concern about some unfair situations, can contribute and become by its own a kind of “underground journalist”.

Are bloggers journalists?

NO. Definitely not because we just report what we see and think as our own truth. No, because we favor more our opinion than the facts themselves. But it happens that sometimes according to the situation where we are and what we live, we give to ourselves the sacred duty to inform people when facing failure of traditional media.

But … do we always tell the truth ???

Yes and No … Actually it depends on each and everyone. One thing is sure: like any citizen, we have our own belief and political opinion and it mainly influences our posts.

JENTILISA’S MISADVENTURE


Is there a new law which definitely bans the use of photo or video cameras in public? I really want to know because I have the feeling that, nowadays, there is a huge suspicion against people who take pictures or videos like bloggers and journalists.

Due to all the recent “terrorist acts” (which can be sum up as the last minute discovery of small-scale bombs) which occured in Antananarivo, security forces keep an eye open for trouble. Anyone who looks like a terrorist, a spy or a mercenary, is immediately arrested.

Can bloggers be considered as terrorists because of the harm they create with their posts? Can bloggers be considered as mercenaries because they look weird? (Do I?) Can bloggers be considered as spies because they take pictures and videos?

Today, our friend, Jentilisa wanted to take some pictures of some policemen, in Antanimena (downtown of Antananarivo), who confiscated banners from some legalist ralliers who were on their way to join the MAGRO place (Ankorondrano – downtown of Antananarivo). The policemen saw him picturing them. They wanted to confiscate his camera but Jentilisa did not accept. Finally, they let him go but warned him “Tadidiko ialahy!” (I will remember you!).

This is not a isolated case, such misadventure has already happened to many bloggers since the beginning of this crisis but till now, we can all admit that we are lucky …

Crowd Sourcing Information during Crisis in Madagascar


Crowd Sourcing Information during Crisis in Madagascar
Crowd Sourcing Information during Crisis in Madagascar

With 05 days of delay (ooops), here is my report about the workshop “Crowd Sourcing Information during Crisis in Madagascar”!

Last Saturday, FOKO organized a very interesting (I know, the choice of the adjective is not really original …) event named “Crowd Sourcing Information during Crisis in Madagascar”. It took place at IVOTEL Ambohidahy (downtown of Antananarivo) and was scheduled to start from 01.00pm to 05.00pm Madagascar time (Lova does not joke with time schedule …). This event, which was initially planned as a sort of workshop, was all about the Malagasy bloggers, their blogs, the “tools” bloggers used during the crisis, … I have been kindly asked by Lova to share what I lived during the climax of the crisis (that is not yet finished).

r1lita, ariniaina, kool, tahiry, feno, dagomc and I (we’re all English speaking bloggers from ICE Club, yeah!)were at IVOTEL at 12.30pm (we damn starved that day …). I was a bit surprised to see on a poster “Barcamp Madagascar 02nd edition” I thought that Barcamp 2009 would be really something else and scheduled for a later day … Someone explained to me that it was because the workshop was organized according to the format of a Barcamp.

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At 01.15pm, the workshop started. Mr. Alain Andriamiarivola, former journalist at  “l’ Express de Madagascar” (a local French speaking daily newspaper) made the opening speech, welcoming people. After, the main coordinator of FOKO, Lova Rakotomalala took the floor. His speech was based on three main points (as shown in the below picture):

. strong and close cooperation between “traditional” and “new” media;

. a flow of information free of obstacles to the freedom of speech;

. involvment of each Malagasy citizen into the life of the nation through citizen media.

Lova Rakotomalala
Lova Rakotomalala

After Lova, it was the turn of the bloggers to share their experience during the crisis. Jentilisa, Avylavitra, Jaona (a blogger from Fianarantsoa), Patrick, Gaetan (a blogger from Antsirabe), Haffick, Saveoursmile and I, talked about what we have lived during the “hot” moments of the crisis. Most of us stressed on the point that there were several obstacles and dangers that bloggers have encountered when looking for news and facts.

Jentilisa
Jentilisa

It is really encouraging for the citizen development and the freedom of speech / press in Madagascar to see that there are nowadays many local and native bloggers who dare to go to the “battle field” to look for information at their own risks and charges. They don’t get a penny for what they do, they don’t look for fame or success, … they do it because they are convinced that this is the right thing to do. Hat down guys!

Avylavitra
Avylavitra

Bloggers are not journalists and they definitely do not intend to challenge them. It is more a matter of complementarity and cooperation. On Friday, just before the workshop, during the Friday Talk discussion between bloggers and journalists, I noticed that we can undertand  each other very well. Journalists seemed to be really eager to learn more about bloggings and new media.

Jaona
Jaona

The cost of the internet connection and the connection itself, are among the main problems which make the life of Malagasy bloggers  harder and harder. The government which will be able to resolve this problem in a very short period of time, will get my vote!

Patrick
Patrick

Like in any countries, in Madagascar there are also different types of blogs. Anyone is free about the content of its blog but I sincerely think that the “informative blogging” (this is how I call it) gets to be more promoted.

Gaetan
Gaetan

Malagasy bloggers do not ask for the moon … They just want to be able to do what they want to do within a context free of violence, fear and pressure.

Affick
Affick

Ironically, the political turmoil has helped several Malagasy bloggers in many ways (yes I bost). There were many of them who have stopped blogging for years, who, because of the crisis, have decide to wake up their blogs again.

saveoursmile
saveoursmile

After the bloggers, a journalist from “Lakroan’i Madagasikara”, Donnat, took the floor to provide few advices. He specified for the bloggers who would like to have a press card like journalists that this does not protect against bullets and kicks.

Donnat
Donnat

The workshop moved to its third part with Thierry Andriamirado. Thierry is a blogger who has made the very difficult decision to withdraw himself from blogs to prior social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Friendfeed. Actually he is more present on Friendfeed. As he said, that helps to share a lot of trustworthy information very quickly. Are we talking about JIT information?

Thierry Andriamirado
Thierry Andriamirado

After Thierry Andriamirado’s part, Lova Rakotomalala kindly invited Mr. Tsilavina Ralaindimby, former minister of communication and culture in Zafy Albert’s era, to give some few words. Tsilavina Ralaindimby (just another bald guy :-)) stated that we now live a sort of  “war of information” on internet. He considered the bloggers as “cyber warriors” (yeah, and me I’m Konan, the barbarian …).

Tsilavina Ralaindimby
Tsilavina Ralaindimby

The fourth part of the workshop was led by Christie Turner and Affick (blogger from SAVA region). Christie Turner is the representative of radioactive project in Madagascar. It was amazing to listen to her speaking in Malagasy fluently like a real Malagasy woman from the north! (she has learnt Malagasy language thanks to the Malagasy Teaching program of the Peace Corps) Affick is the manager of Radio Ciel in Antalaha. They talked about the Radioactive project which aims to promote the use of web radio and community radio.

Chris and Affick
Chris and Affick
new digital microphone
new digital microphone
crank radio
crank radio

The radioactive supplies the local radios with new technology appliances. I was especially interested in it because I plan to create a little FM radio station which will 100% broadcast in English for ICE Club. Anyone can help?

Claire Ulrich
Claire Ulrich

“Current state of Online Censorship Worldwide” This was the topic of Claire Ulrich’s presentation. Claire draw a global picture of the current situation of bloggers worldwide. According to her, governments are now well aware of the importance of blogs and new media for communication and information. They do not hesitate to use new technology to fight against bloggers and cyber opponents. Claire did not talk about the Malagasy case but we had all the feeling that son and very soon, our turn will come … (if it doesn’t currently happen now)

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See you on the third edition of Barcamp Madagascar!!!!!!

CAPINTEL LEAVES MADAGASCAR


CAPINTEL informs its clients that it will soon leave Madagascar
CAPINTEL informs its clients that it will soon leave Madagascar

Yesterday, around 06.00pm (Madagascar time), I was surprised to see that it was impossible to connect to internet. Each time, I type the address of a web site (I tried with Google, WordPress, Gmail, Twitter, Delicious, …), I was always redirected to an announcement page of CAPINTEL.

CAPINTEL is an internet provider. In order to be able to act in Madagascar, it has recently bought an existing Malagasy internet provider: SIMICRO.

In its announcement, CAPINTEL says that:

“Due to a dispute between the company and TELMA (CAPINTEL works with the TELMA line for its internet connection), to the destruction of some of its premises during the Malagasy crisis, and especially, to the global climate of economic crisis, CAPINTEL is obliged to leave Madagascar and to put an end to all of its business and activities in Madagascar”

Now CAPINTEL is the latest innocent victim of this stupid crisis. How many “collateral damages” should occur, before the HAT (High Authority of Transition) of Andry Rajoelina, former Antananarivo mayor and self-proclaimed head of state, will discover that their “orange revolution” has created more harm than improvement?

Who’s next?