Disconnected Ethiopian Netizens

Ethiopians spend a great deal of time enjoying their coffee. No wonder there are so many cafés in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Cafés are more than just a place to hang out though; for many, they represent a dynamic public sphere in which to discuss the hottest issues facing the country. Meaningful conversations taking place in every corner of the cafés show how well-informed citizens are and how they enjoy exchanging their opinions about many things around them. But where do people get their information in the first place? Read More

When the Ethiopian Social Media Lack the Humor

It is funny how people take things seriously. Seriously!??!

It starts with the death of PM Meles Zenawi. You know the funny thing about his death is that he died with Justifribilasis Fatilosis – Scientists discovered a new diseases in Belgium. I didn’t mean to say Scientists, but I guess many people might accept it when scientists say something. Read More

London 2012: Ethiopian Olympic Team

London is calling – both Ethiopian and Kenyan Athletes. It is not randmely that i started to compare these two countries. The competition between Ethiopia and Kenya is highly anticipated when it comes to long distance. Ethiopia used to dominate the long distance running, but this seems not to happen anymore. Recently, Kenyan athletes dominate the long distance which was entirely untouchable from the Ethiopians few years back. In the mean time, Ethiopia is bringing new athletes for middle distance running that Kenyans are well known for. Is #london2012 for Ethiopians or Kenyans? Read More

Effective Silence: #rp12, #travel, #collaborate

I didn’t update my blog for more than 6o days. I have been suffering with a phobia of click on “Add New Post”. It wasn’t that I spent those days without interesting activities, rather, lack of interest on working on volunteer tasks. But I am fully back. [whatever it means]. If you care what were my major activities in the last 2 months, here are some pictures.

re:publica | Berlin

I travelled to Berlin to Speak on the conference called re:publica (#rp12).

The motto for “Germany’s largest and most prominent conference on the future of our society and all things digital” this year is ACT!ON.

Analog twitter wall: “re:publica without a twitter wall would be like a church without a cross”

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Domestic Workers are Suffering in Middle East, and in Ethiopia

Photo credit: When we stand together, facebook group

Media coverages on abuse of domestic workers elevate after the unfortunate news heard about Alem Dechasa who was publicly harassed by a lebanon guy. Recently, the guardian posts an interesting article about Alem’s family after her tragic death.

The lebanon’s daily star newsletter strongly criticizing the Lebanon government and its labour policy. In the latest article, Lebanon’s ways are sponsoring suicide, states Read More

5 Reasons Why You Need to Buy Teddy Afro’s New Album

Photo credit: DireTube/Fortune newsletter

Addis Fortune newspaper reports that Teddy Afro’s album realises on the eve of Ethiopian Easter. A million copies sold from his last album. It is everyone’s question if he hits the music industry one more time. There are interesting articles coming up about Teddy Afro – one is from the new magazine 360_One_world mag with Beate Wedekind. In my blog post I mention five reasons why you need to consider buying his new album titled – ‘Tikur Sew’ Read More

A Trip to a Mysterious Egg Bridge

The sign made by the lodge next to the bridge. Obviously, they want to attract turists mentioning that the bridge is built in 16th century

Ethiopia as a country is full of mysteries. The old nation holds so many unanswered questions. The finding of the True Cross, the Tomb of St. Mary, the origin of human kind, the new ocean birth and Such.

Recently, I visited a place known as “A Portuguese Bridge” or “The Egg Bridge”. 110 kms from Addis Ababa to the direction of Debre Liabones, you will find the hidden bridge.

A lot of scholars try to investigate when it was built and by whom and what kind of materials it was used. One of the comprehensive studies made by J.J. Hespeler-Boultbee who is an Art & Architectural Historian and Associate of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University. Read More

Citizen Media and You – Part I

When the first time Internet was introduced to Ethiopia it was not actually planned for Ethiopians. The main goal was to reach the tourists and encourage Ethiopian tourism. Currently, less than 1% of the populations have access to the Internet, one of the least in the world.

As it was originally intended, Internet remained around foreigners, and foreign organizations. In early millinuem diaspora Ethiopians and college students start to use Yahoo! Mail services and pen pal sites (probably one of the first social media platforms in the world) as day to day Internet use. With 56kps modem connection, only the international organizations and universities were enjoying the relatively faster connection. Yahoo! Still remains the main email service in Ethiopia until now even the Ministers use it as an official email correspondence. Read More

I Need My ThinkPad Back

Last week my laptop’s motherboard crashed and I couldn’t get a replacement so far (ThinkPad isn’t a common brand in Ethiopia). In result of this ,my productivity has been highly affected in the last few days. Keep in mind that I have a 4G HTC smartphone and a Motorola Xoom tablet.

My productivity decreases almost by 50% since my laptop crashed. The graph above is just the general illustration when you don’t have a laptop or when you get a new laptop. Read More

Why SOPA will be a tragedy for Africa

By Frank Nyakairu

(This article is taken based on Create Common licence) – Thanks Endalk for sharing! 

A colleague of mine from Kenya highlighted in highly contextualized fashion about SOPA’s impact on Africa.Enjoy reading it and join the struggle againstStop Online Piracy Act

It’s been said that example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. Perhaps the truth of this saying is attested in the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and “The PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA) are proposed laws in the United States. But Uncle Sam’s bill meant to stop online copyright infringements is bitterly opposed in what is probably the most detested legislation process beyond the United States. Debate is rife. Its contenders argue that, SOPA/PIPA will protect trademarks, especially entertainment giants by stopping online piracy of content such as music books and movies. To stop that, it grants the US Attorney General the right to inflict penalty on websites accused of hosting copyright content. It is also intended to crack down on offending websites operating outside the US. But prescribing SOPA/PIPA as a remedy for online piracy is way too strong that it will kill the ‘patient’. Africa, the world’s poorest continent, stands to be affected most. Read More