By Okoth Fred Mudhai, Wisdom J. Tettey, Fackson Banda
African Media and the electronic Public Sphere examines, from theoretical and empirical views, the claims that new details and verbal exchange applied sciences (ICTs) are catalysts of democratic swap in Africa. individuals achieve this from optimist, pragmatist-realist and pessimist stances via analyses of phrases and deeds of assorted political actors and firms or associations, from executive devices to political events and celebration leaders to civil society enterprises and minority teams. it's the first such book contributed to by way of a number of African and Africanist students, established in Africa and around the globe, whose examine and/or perform actions specialise in the connection among new electronic media and democracy at the continent.
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11 The e-Citizenship link provides, among others, information about “who can vote” under Voting and Elections. There is a Discussion Forum, but with hardly any active discussions; there is also no clear provision for contact or feedback. Kenyan legislators were perhaps spurred on to support e-gov after some of them visited Rwanda and remarked: “The system of governance and technology in Rwanda makes our Parliament look Victorian and archaic” (NT 2005). In 2008, newly elected Speaker of the Kenyan National Assembly, Mr Kenneth Marende, in his acceptance speech, said the voting process in Parliament would have been less tedious had it been conducted electronically (Limo 2008).
Interrogating New Media and the Public Sphere in Africa The contextualization of new media technology above provides the basis for the empirical analyses in the ensuing chapters, which explore specific dimensions of the impact of new media on African social formations, interrogating the extent to which the celebratory, cautionary, and dystopian perspectives are borne out by the evidence relating to ICTs and the enhancement of democratic practice. The overarching question that they all examine is whether new media technologies do indeed improve and qualitatively change the continent’s political structures, systems, and processes, or only create a quantitative increase in access to information and interactions stemming from the ease and relative cheapness of communicating via new media technology (Polat 2005).
Com - licensed to Taiwan eBook Consortium - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-01 “factoral analysis,” which focuses on constraints, and Giddens’ structuration theory or Callon’s/Latour’s actor network theory (Heeks 2002, 12). ) suggests nineteen specific solutions, most of them commonsensical and universal—based on best practices. 1057/9780230621756 - African Media and the Digital Public Sphere, Edited by Okoth Fred Mudhai, Wisdom J. 2). Many have developed e-government in various areas at the levels of the local and central governments: e-administration, e-health, e-education, e-agriculture, e-customs, e-voting, e-policing, e-taxation, and so on.