Summary In Europe, The UK is cutting budgets for public programs but also issuing contracts to monitor social media and Kosovo holds a conference on social media and interfaith dialogue. Meanwhile, in Africa, Kenya holds the OLX Social Media Awards and the Government takes the opportunity to lay out plans to hire more IT graduates. […]

Summary Europe and Google continue to wrestle over the extent and implementation of the right to be forgotten ruling – some interesting stats in this week’s newsletter.  The new UK Government revives the so-called “Snooper’s Charter” and reforms the “Prevent” strategy (for countering online terrorism) with little friction from the non-existent opposition in Parliament. Belgium’s […]

Summary The EU revealed its outline for the future Digital Single Market of Europe last week. The UK finished an election – and the Conservatives and their snooper charter are back in (but the EU may be out…) Facebook and Twitter badged voters in the UK to show who participated (and shame who didn’t.) Ghanaians […]

Summary Sunday, May third, was World Press Freedom Day. In Ireland, discussions over privacy regulation and Facebook continue. The UK elections are heating up (with Facebook supporting literal political conversation art on the London Eye). Austrians are a-Twitter about a politically insensitive pastry and Serbians suspect their Government may be threatening political satire on TV […]

Summary This week’s newsletter includes a petition to patrol the Mediterranean to avoid more migrant tragedies, a quick look at how one entire Spanish town runs policy on Twitter, and a dive into British politics online pre elections (social media is less regulated than traditional media – so more nasty…) Also, in case you missed […]

Summary In the UK, Bloomberg outages caused some snarky social media commentary and a Government postponement. A Spanish politician made a gaffe and apologised via Twitter. France is trying to be cool and social when it comes to communicating social policy. Ugandans are increasingly using social media to achieve real world change. Nigeria is watching […]

On the 18th of April, the Earth Day Network along with Google, the World Bank, several pop stars and private corporate sponsors will host #GlobalCitizenEarthDay, a musical and entertainment event designed to “inspire citizens to take action to protect our planet and its people.” The event will be held throughout Washington D.C. The United Nations […]

The social application Uber, which allows users to connect and pay each other for local transportation, planned to partner with United Nations Women to create one million jobs for women as Uber drivers. UN Women has since backed out of the partnership reportedly due to reports from union groups claiming the Uber driver jobs had […]

On Monday, Anonymous continued its online war against ISIS. Anonymous posted the names of 9,200 Twitter accounts suspected to be affiliated with the Islamic State fundamentalist terrorism group. Another annual Twiplomacy report is out. Each year, Twiplomacy reviews and ranks national and international organisations and leaders on their Twitter use.  This year, the owner of the report, Burson-Marsteller, analysed […]