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New paper published: ‘Contradictory Connectivity: Spatial Imaginaries and Techno-Mediated Positionalities in Kenya’s Outsourcing Sector’

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I am very happy to announce a new paper: ‘Contradictory Connectivity: Spatial Imaginaries and Techno-Mediated Positionalities in Kenya’s Outsourcing Sector.’ A pre-print is available below. Graham, M. 2015. Contradictory Connectivity: Spatial Imaginaries and Techno-Mediated Positionalities in Kenya’s Outsourcing Sector. Environment and… Continue Reading

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Informational Magnetism on Wikipedia: mapping edit focus

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The previous post demonstrated not only that Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa are net-importers of content on Wikipedia (Sub-Saharan Africa, for instance, receives 10.7 more edits from the rest of the world than it commits to… Continue Reading

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Playbor: Who is paid in play money, and who keeps the conventional rewards?

She could end up earning 11 percent less than her male colleagues. Image from EVE Online by zcar.300.

Digital technology has uneven impacts on global economic inequalities, but it also has uneven impacts on different sociodemographic segments within countries. I recently published a paper on virtual gender gaps (with colleagues from MSU and USC), and now did a Q&A on the topic at the… Continue Reading

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Informational Magnetism on Wikipedia: geographic networks of edits

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The previous posts about the geography of contributions to Wikipedia showed the varying types of local engagement that different regions have, the primary reason that Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, has such a low proportion of locally created content, and some… Continue Reading

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Free sample chapters available from our new book ‘Research and Fieldwork in Development’

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The publisher has kindly allowed us to freely share three chapters of our new book (that I co-wrote with colleagues Dan Hammett and Chasca Twyman): ‘Research and Fieldwork in Development.‘ The book draws on our experiences of doing fieldwork about development… Continue Reading

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Harare’s Hubs: Excitement, Experimentation, and Many Open Questions

During the interviews I conducted in Zimbabwe last October, many participants asked me: “Why pick Harare as a case study? Why not Nairobi or Lagos?” Indeed, Harare’s “ecosystem” is nascent, and the few tech startups that exist are hampered by… Continue Reading

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Let’s Work Together: Mobile Operators and Digital Startups in Africa

Click here to view this post as it originally appeared on VC4Africa.   We all know that early monetization and revenue generation are crucial for digital startups in Africa. Entrepreneurs in pretty much any African city find it impossible to… Continue Reading