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Application Opens For The 2018 Facebook AI Research (FAIR) Residency Programme

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The  Facebook AI Research (FAIR) Residency Program is seeking applications from people who have a strong technical background and are passionate about AI research.

About the Award: 

The Facebook AI Research (FAIR) Residency Program is a one-year research training program with Facebook’s AI Research group, designed to give you hands-on experience of machine learning research. The program will pair you with a senior researcher or engineer in FAIR, who will act as your mentor. Together, you will pick a research problem of mutual interest and then devise new deep learning techniques to solve it. We also encourage collaborations beyond the assigned mentor. The research will be communicated to the academic community by submitting papers to top academic venues (NIPS, ICML, ICLR, CVPR, ICCV, ACL, EMNLP etc.), as well as open-source code releases. Visit the FAIR research page for examples of research performed in FAIR.

The AI research residency experience is designed to prepare you for graduate programs in machine learning or to kickstart a research career in the field. This is a full-time program that cannot be undertaken in conjunction with university study or a full-time job.

Type: 

Internships/Jobs

Eligibility: 

Prior experience in machine learning is certainly a strength but we seek people from a diverse range of backgrounds, including areas ostensibly unrelated to machine learning such as (but not limited to) math, physics, finance, economics, linguistics, computational social science, and bioinformatics.

  • Bachelors degree in a STEM field such as Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Completed coursework in Linear Algebra, Probability, Calculus, or equivalent.
  • Coding experience in a general-purpose programming language, such as Python or C/C++.
  • Familiarity with a deep learning platform such as PyTorch, Caffe, Theano, or TensorFlow.
  • Ability to communicate complex research in a clear, precise, and actionable manner.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research experience in machine learning or AI (as established for instance via publications and/or code releases).
  • Significant contributions to open-source projects, demonstrating strong math, engineering, statistics, or machine learning skills.
  • A strong track record of scholastic excellence.

Value of Award:

Residents will be paid a competitive salary. Residents will also:

  • Learn how to perform research in deep learning and AI.
  • Understand prior work and existing literature.
  • Work with research mentor(s) to identify problem(s) of interest and develop novel AI techniques.
  • Translate ideas into practical code (in frameworks such as PyTorch, Caffe 2).
  • Write up research results in the form of an academic paper and submit to a top conference in the relevant area.

Duration of Program: 

  • Residency Program start: August 2018
  • Residency Program end: August 2019

Application Deadline: 

26th January 2018

How to Apply: 

To apply, complete the application in the Program Webpage and include the three required documents in PDF format. The deadline for applications is Jan 26, 2018. Any applications or late materials after this date will not be considered.

If your application passes an initial screening, we will contact you to request a letter of recommendation. Following this, we may want to interview you in person over video conference.

Click here for more info.

Instagram introduces stories highlights and archives that let you save your memories

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Instagram Highlights and Stories

 

Instagram Highlights and Stories

Instagram has introduced two new tools that let users hold on to their favourite moments and share them in ways that help express yourself.

Stories highlights is the new part of the profile where you can express more of who you are through the stories you share. To help you build the highlights, your stories will now automatically save into a private stories archive so that you can easily access them whenever you want.

Highlights

Instagram stories have become popular in the last one year but there has never been a way to keep the stories around for more than 24 hours. It is now possible to to fully access identity by grouping stories you have shared into highlights and featuring them on your profile.

To create a highlight, tap the “New” circle at the far left. From there, you can choose any stories from your archive, select a cover for your highlight and give it a name. Once you are done, your highlight will appear as a circle on your profile that plays as a stand alone story when someone taps it.

Highlights stay on your profile until you personally remove them and you can have as many highlights as you would like. To remove a highlight, just tap and hold that highlight on your profile.

Stories Archive

Your stories will automatically save to your archive when they expire making it easy for you to revisit your favourite moments late or even bring them back to life in a highlight whenever you want to.

To access the stories in the archive, tap the archive icon on your profile. From there, you can easily switch between posts archive and your new stories archive.

Tap on any story in your archive to watch it and you can as well add it to your story, share it as a post or add it to a highlight on your profile. You can also choose to turn off auto-archiving at any time in your profile settings.

 

 

 

Intergrating Social Media and Big Data is priceless for your business

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Instagram, one of the mostly used social media platform

It is clear that many organizations in the sub Saharan Africa are struggling to keep up with the fast changing continental technological trends. There has been a change on how businesses conduct their operations because of globalization, as entities seek to conduct operations in line with those of the outer world. The major struggles come in the understanding the change in consumer behavior, policies in place for business regulations and the disruptive technologies such as Big Data.

However, it is encouraging to note that executives across Africa have released that their organizations should be able to respond positively to the needs of transformational changes. Big Data as one of the main disruptions happening is on the spotlight and has been the focus for organizations that seek to maximize their profits and efficiency of the organization.

With the increased usage of social media, organizations should ignore it at their own risk as social media has stood as powerful tool to reach out to consumers. Therefore, organizations that are able to integrate their social media with big data have the benefits of accessing valuable data that is harnessed for business purposes. As the name goes, Big Data is huge chunks of data collected and stored for analysis.

Social Media has many benefits to institutions both profitable and non-profitable. It by far being a source of unstructured data, anyone needing to information to analyze and draw conclusions about a specific topic has the ability of collecting and analyzing views, comments, likes, tweet replies, tweets and many other types of engagements that happen on the different social platforms.

The significance of social media as a platform that offers interaction between companies and their potential clients has been evident from the fact that Facebook alone has been able to attract more than 2 billion users every month a figure that is about more than 25% of the world’s population. There are over 95 million photos and videos uploaded on Instagram, 4.5 billion likes on Facebook and 500 million tweets surfacing the internet every day. Living in the 21st century; a digital age, it is important for business entities to maintain their presence on the main social platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook in order to have a direct business to consumer engagement and interaction at a personal level. These staggering numbers are a wealth of information about all the needs your customers are looking for fulfillment – what they like, who they are and how people perceive your brand.

Social Media has made it possible for marketers to reach out to a large portion of their clients in the shortest time possible. All they need is to share it on the social network accounts and the content will reach out to the intended target market.

Artificial Intelligence and Big Data being still at the early development stages evolving gradually and the advancements that have made it possible for organizations to access and interact with data from the social networking platforms is a start to greater technological advancements.

Twitter starts to roll out the 280 character limit globally

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Animated Twitter Logo
Animated Twitter Logo

Twitter has decided to stick to the earlier proposition of increasing the number of characters to feature in a single tweet. This has been made official by the giant micro blogging platform after a period of time for testing which was met by a high percentage of criticism from the few selected individuals who did the testing.

Twitter claims that from the findings after the testing which started in September deduced that people who had more room for lengthy tweets resulted in more engagements.

In a blog post from the official company’s website, the company explained that it had solid reasons to make the 280 character limit permanent.

“Historically, 9% of Tweets in English hit the character limit. This reflects the challenge of fitting a thought into a tweet, often resulting in lots of time spent editing and even at times abandoning Tweets before sending. With the expanded character count, this problem was massively reduced – that number dropped to only 1% of Tweets running up against the limit. Since we saw Tweets hit the character limit less often, we believe people spent less time editing their Tweets in the composer. This shows that more space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a Tweet, so they could say what they want to say and send Tweets faster than before.”

Even though the option to write 280 characters has been made available to the general public worldwide, a lot of people have opted to go the traditional way of keeping their tweets brief as it was before. Others who seem to have benefited from the decision to add the surplus 140 characters are like the Merriam-Webster dictionary company who utilizes the feature.

The feature is therefore available to tweets written in English whereas those who use Twitter in Japanese, Chinese and Korean will still use the normal 140 characters because they are able to convey a lot more meaning in fewer characters.

Social media today: #TaxifyInAbuja – Cab hailing company expands in Nigeria

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So in the spirit of expansion, cab hailing company Taxify are poised to launch in Abuja, Nigeria on the 10th of November. Reactions have trailed this on Social media too.

While waiting for them to promise more chicken wings during their ride, do not expect Uber to react as they are already present in the city. So Taxify would struggle to get a market share.

While we are, let’s take a look at reactions from users.

 

Taxify too have fan boys

 

And the rest of them….

 

So… Abuja people.. Brace up, Taxify is coming.

Social media today: #WhatsappDown – Can we really do without Whatsapp?

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So Whatsapp was down for a while today, and everyone almost went insane, except me. So we had people coming on twitter to confirm what exactly was wrong with whatsapp. So it is safe to say twitter is whatsapp’s watchdog right? Why it isn’t Facebook?

Here are those who didn’t care (or pretended they didn’t)

Wait, did people really do this?

These ones had to mention BBM, and telegram *rolls eyes*

And here are the ones who made us laugh

Well, whatsapp is no doubt an integral part of our daily life. We don’t know how to cope if it was not there. Actually, we do. We’d probably be using Telegram, or IMO, or Qbee chat.

Social media today: Reactions as StarTimes launches #PayPerDay package

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So sometime back, TSTV announced their launch into the Nigerian space. The best thing about it is that they are introducing Pay per view for subscribers, which is a soothing relief from the previous rates by DSTV and Startimes. Well, startimes has announced it is introducing it’s own Pay per day package. How interesting?

The moment startimes announced Pay per day package.

Here are people with trust issues

And those who think it’s the best thing to happen since jollof rice

These ones just had to give all glory to TSTV

The funny ones

 

Permit me but I have to join those giving glory to TSTV. With the impending launch, they have put everyone on their toes. More evidence that competition is healthy for the Nigerian market. Let us know your thoughts.

STARTUPS | Top Marketing Strategies for Startups

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When you are a Startup, it is important to have a marketing strategy which will be suitable to help your business achieve its set goals. It is obvious that as you start off, you will find yourself under a great deal of financial constraints that limit a startup from undertaking various development projects in line such as marketing of your products or services to reach out your target markets. While most businesses and companies understand the relevance of marketing their products, they do not have enough resources to do so therefore you need bootstrapping. It is by no means an easy task to do but it encourages creativity in startups forcing them to come up with new and unique ways of marketing the business. Here are five tips your startup can try to boost your marketing strategy.

“What exactly does your Startup do?”

It may be a simple question but knowing how to answer it properly and adequately can change how people view your startup and possibly in turn generate substantial word of mouth marketing for your business.

Entrepreneurs should develop a narrative that is unique to their respective business so that other people can easily take note of it. Your response should be able to answer questions like How did your startup come to be? How were you inspired to go in this journey? Do you serve any social cause? Figuring out your story is essential as it helps you to define a company’s core values and principles and also give a better understanding of your startup targets and purpose of existence.

Online Presence

One of the easiest ways to market your services or goods over a wide range of customers is obviously through the use of social media platforms. These platforms gives you the chance to promote your business to your immediate connections of friends and family. While having your startup’s social media accounts is equally important, you also need to improve your company’s visibility on the internet by having a good, attractive and responsive website. Set up a content blog on the website which definitely enriches your customer’s experience and make it more convenient for them to be able to reach out to you.

Make use of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques. You can choose to outsource this service through TechMoran to boost your company’s presence on the internet. Embed your articles written on your blog with relevant key words, visual elements and links in order to boost your SEO and take your company to the top.

Build your Credibility

Essentially, it is important that the current customers you have and the other potential customers believe in what you are serving them with. Do not just whip out your entrepreneur instincts by just starting to sell to anyone. Marketing works best if you segment your clients and sell your products or service according to their psychographic needs which engages your potential customers. Share your valuable insights on topics you are well conversant with.

By building a genuine and trust worthy name around your brand, other businesses support you as well which draws target customers to your business.

Promotions

This has worked a great deal with so many startups that are at their initial stages of development. Using promotions such a e-coupons has proven to attract more potential customers to review or try out your product or service.

Sending coupons to the already existing customers builds the list of your loyal customers whom you are retaining and are sure of their support on sales. Send coupons too to customers who sign up to your website or app and anyone who joins your mailing list

Social Events

In every business community, there will always be events happening. Most of these events seek out sponsors for partnership. If your company has the ability to sponsor such events, it will be of benefit to sponsor those relating to your company. These events will get your name out of the many people who are attending and provide a great networking opportunity.

Alternatively, you can also organize your own events. Although it might cost a little more, it would certainly attract more direct interest to your company than the previous option. Let the media cover your events and you could potentially see your company featured in the news.

Social Media today: Taxify and their email marketing strategy

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So yesterday, twitter was awash with whole lots of tweets which were aimed at “Uche from Taxify”. Apparently, the cab hailing platform has been doing some rigorous email marketing and it isn’t going down too well with users. So they came for the head of a particular “Uche” for spamming their mailbox.

However, knowing how important marketing via email can be for a tech company like Taxify, we cannot blame them.

“Email marketing can be more challenging, but the reward is often worthwhile. With the right tactics and tools, you can create effective, personalised emails that aid customer journeys time and again.” But there are times that this strategy isn’t giving you the desired results. Feel free to checkout Seven 7 Email Marketing Challenges You Will Face (And How to Overcome Them).

Now back to Taxify. No doubt, sending these marketing emails every day could pass as spam. Users, at some point won’t even bother to open them anymore. I have a load of emails that I do not open, or even trash. Tayo Oviosu does too.

Well, as for Taxify, we were wondering if spamming customer’s mail boxes would affect their user base, or they just ended up getting a better publicity?

 

See tweets below:

After this, we do expect Taxify to review their marketing strategy. Uber to react also, but we don’t know how.

Worthy read: 7 Digital Marketing Trends That Are Transforming Business

Twitter Appoints Ex-Facebook & Snapchat Executive, Sriram Krishnan, As Director of Product

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Twitter has introduced all sorts of strategies to enable it catchup with Facebook in terms of numbers of users and profitability. Despite this, they are not even close.

Hence, it may not come as a surprise to some industry watchers that, the social media platform has appointed Sriram Krishnan, a former Facebook and Snapchat executive as its Director of Product.

That means Krishnan will be responsible for a lot of the core features inside the main app, internally referred to as “Bluebird,” including timeline, direct messaging and search.

At Facebook, he helped build the company’s ad network, Audience Network while at Snapchat, he helped build out the company’s ads API.

Krishnan confirmed his new appointment via a tweet

Krishnan will resume on October 2nd and report to Keith Coleman, Twitter’s Vice President of Product.

20 Marketing Must Do’s Every Business Should Follow

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You’ve already got your product or service, now all you need to do is inform the masses, which is basically marketing. Marketing can be difficult, but necessary. Luckily there are various platforms and ideas that make letting people know about your business that much easier. A well disciplined approach to marketing will ensure your business is well exposed. Here are marketing habits that you should form that’ll help your business:

  1. Get and Use Business Cards
  2. Write a blog and share helpful info weekly
  3. Listen to your customers
  4. Keep an ongoing list of creative ideas
  5. Create a Facebook Business Page; constantly update with engaging content that will attract potential customers. You could use this account to advertise.
  6. Create a twitter profile; you could also advertise using twitter
  7. Create an Instagram profile; you could also advertise using twitter
  8. Send an E-mail Newsletter
  9. Use your social media to provide customer service
  10. Offer a discount or special offer
  11. Host a giveaway
  12. Ask Customers for Testimonials
  13. Sponsor a cause or local event
  14. Get interviewed on a blog, podcast, or magazine
  15. Network with other business owners
  16. Add a re-targeting pixel to your website to advertise to website visitors
  17. Review competitors, see what is working and what is not
  18. Offer an affiliate program
  19. Ask customers for feedback
  20. Thank your customers

 

 

 

10 Tweets that Prove that PLO Lumumba is the Most Literate Advocate in Kenya

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“I can’t wait for Lumumba to speak”, my mum says as the presidential petition began on Monday. Her and the rest of the Kenyan population that was watching in anticipation. Then he did, and twitter exploded, re-tweeting and tweeting. Mocking, agreeing, praising, and disagreeing with his logic. One thing everyone can agree on however, is that his wits, or whatever immense vocabulary that escapes his mouth is social media worthy. These are a few tweets that can agree;

Fresible Helps You Stand Out in Noisy Competitive Business Environments

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Fresible Company Limited is based in Nigeria, with interests in ICT, events management, publicity/advertisement, marketing and entertainment. The company was formed in 2008 by Fred Oyetayo. Over the course of the years, the company has grown in leap and bounds and is now a recognizable name in the technology industry in Nigeria.

Claiming that they are the best website development agency in Nigeria, they have operational contacts in both major and minor cities in the country, such as, Ibadan, Osogbo, Ilorin, Ado-Ekiti, Akure, Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Abuja and they intend to reach more cities.

Notable Fresible subsidiaries include Law Repository, Cloud Lawyers, Fresible Developers, Fresible Culture, Fresible Events, Fresible Entertainment and Fresible Digital Marketing. Over the next few years the group is looking forward to diversifying into areas including Fashion and Apparel, Music, food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. This is to ensure that they fulfil the sole purpose of the company.

They have successfully organized over 50 shows and developed over 100 websites and computer softwares. They have over 1 million cumulative social media followers on all their accounts and 5 dedicated full time staffs. They had also won a Federal Government of Nigeria grant.

With a wealth of creative experience in building and shaping brands’ online and offline presence, they can create your brand, build you a bespoke, responsive website and then help shape your brand with ongoing digital marketing.

Fresible Company Limited has a powerful social media influence with over 40% of Nigerian internet users subscribed to it various social media network. The company has also accrued for itself an upper class clientele list with the likes of Federal High Court, Aare Afe Babalola, Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti, Rexonna Nigeria and many more as some of its clients. This is evidence that the company is competent enough to meet the needs of all calibers of clients.

For more information click here.

 

 

1mambu Wants to be the Angolan Equivalent of Facebook

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1mambu.com, created by Jose Soba, is a virtual community on the internet, created especially for Angolans and is available in both English and Portuguese. 1mambu.com is the virtual bridge connecting Angola to the world and the world to Angola, with innovative applications that guarantee a different and fun social network experience. It allows members to share diverse content such as multi-media content (Videos, Music, Photos), comments, SMS, PDF documents, blogs, and questionnaires, similar to uploads and shares made on Facebook and Twitter.

One very interesting feature is the possibility of sharing content with the world’s 100 best social networks and search engines through the Social Share application, created by the team and that will help in the expansion and dissemination of national content on the internet.

Basically 1mambu is an online community based on communication, fun and e-commerce between Angolans around the Globe.

1mambu believes in a strong need to unite Angolans online and increase the volume of digital content from Angola available on the internet, for example brands, local artists, tourism info, local scientific studies and more.

Besides social networking, it also provides tools for business which include official pages to promote any type of company, and enable exposure of product or service a user might want to showcase. 1mambu also offers the possibility to sell digital goods that can be easily downloaded into any device after purchase for example music, audio lessons, e-books, manuals, video lessons, software and other digital content from Angolan professionals.

It even gives credit points to users from the activities done on imambu such as post comments , take questions , post photos videos and so on. Users can use these to send virtual gifts and buy products in the imambu store.

For more information click here.

National Council on Information Recommends Creation of a Council To Regulate of Social Media In Nigeria

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Nigeria’s National Council on Information (NCI) has recommended the creation of a Council to regulate the use of social media in Nigeria in spite of the global rejection of social media regulation attempts that are viewed at aimed at suppression of freedom of speech.

But according to the communique issued at the end of the council’s extraordinary meeting on Hate Speeches, Fake News and National Unity held in Jos, NCI recommended the use of stringent measures in checking conventional media and their programmes.

The Council which is headed by Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said social media has no address as such vetting and editing posting in social media might be difficult. To combat fake news, the council recommended that information managers at the state level should launch a website to counter report of any misinformation posted on social media as quickly as the hate speeches, misinformation and fake news are posted.

It recommended immediate killing of whatever postings on social media assumed or presumed to be hate speeches or fake news or misinformation by the information managers in various states. According to PremiumTimes report, the Council feared that social media might take over the 2019 elections since Nigerians now rely more and believe the social media over the conventional media.

Ninety Percent of Kenyans Have Seen Fake News Regarding the 2017 General Election

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The first ever study on fake news in Kenya, The Reality of Fake News in Kenya, launched today in Nairobi and reveals shocking results concerning veracity of Kenya’s Media. The new study reveals that 90% of Kenyans have seen or heard false news about the 2017 general election, with 87% reporting instances of deliberately false or fake news.

The nationwide survey was led by strategic communications consultancy Portland in collaboration with GeoPoll, a mobile surveying platform.

Conducted via SMS, the survey asked a nationally representative sample of 2,000 Kenyans a series of questions about their consumption of news during May 2017 in relation to the forthcoming general election.

The survey found:

  • 90% of respondents reported having seen false or inaccurate news in relation to the general election. 87% of respondents regarded this news as being deliberately misleading – or fake news.
  • Traditional media remain the most trusted news sources, with television ranking highest, followed by radio and newspapers.
  • Radio is the most consistently accessed source of news in Kenya, with the smallest variation between different provinces across the country.
  • Social media is widely used by Kenyans of all ages to access and share news, with 49% of Kenyans using social platforms to secure general election news. However, social media consistently ranks lower than traditional media on trust.
  • Facebook and WhatsApp are the most popular social media platforms for news, preferred overall by 46% and 25% respectively.
  • Friends and family, and community leaders, are the least trusted sources of news overall, ranked as the least likely to provide accurate information about the general election.
  • 57% Kenyans feel able to access all the information about the general election that they need.
  • A vast majority of Kenyans (78%) would like more factual and accurate information about the general election instead of opinion and commentary.
  • 67% of Kenyans prefer comprehensive and detailed information about politics. 33% prefer summarised and concise information.

Robert Watkinson, Partner at Portland, said, “With 4 in 10 Kenyans unable to access accurate information about the general election, fake news is clearly a limiting factor on the electorate’s ability to make informed decisions. By revealing the scale and impact of fake news, we hope this study provides a new point of reference, not just for political campaigning in Kenya but also for all communicators seeking to engage Kenyans in the digital age.”

 

Facebook becomes first social network to hit 2 billion users

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Social networking giant Facebook has hit 2 billion users today, becoming the first social network site to reach such a number of users globally beating YouTube’s 1.5 billion users, Instagram’s 700 million and Twitter’s 328 million users.

The firm reached 1 billion in October 2012.

Mark Zuckerberg announced, “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people. We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together. It’s an honor to be on this journey with you.”

We still have a long way to go to connect everyone. But we must do more than just connect — we must bring people closer together.It’s the first social network to connect that many people.” Mark added.

Additionally, more than 175 million people share “love,” and on average, over 800 million people “like” something on Facebook. Every month, more than 1 billion people use Groups.

The Love reaction  has been used by over 150 million people on Facebook each day with over 45M people in EMEA giving love on Facebook each day. More than 180 million new Facebook friendships are formed each day. More than 1 billion people use Facebook Groups every month while in EMEA more than 380 million people use Facebook groups every month.

There are about 3 billion people online with 700m of them in China and according to the United Nations, the world population reached 7 Billion on October 31, 2011. Facebook has more than half the people on the internet and nearly a quarter of the global population.

My president launches portals, funny portals

In April 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as the country’s 4th president in what he called ‘the most complex general election in our history’ with both praise and criticism in equal measure.

In his speech, the jubilant president said his government would be founded on economic growth, strengthened by a globally competitive education system and access to affordable healthcare and food-security.

He promised to be held accountable by all Kenyans on promises such as zero maternity fees, loans for the youth and women, funds for devolution and dealing with unemployment. Whether these were illusions or have been achieved it’s up to Kenyans to decide and vote them back in or out.

This is the battle the Kenyatta government has. To actually prove to Kenyans that it has worked and that its projects were not projects of the coalition government according to Raila Odinga-led opposition coalition  the National Super Alliance or NASA . To help Kenyans easily see and identify its achievements, the Kenyatta team has over the years launched various portals such as President.go.ke which tracks the president’s itenary with speeches and press releases. Mygov.go.ke- the larger government press machinery run by the ministry of ICT and supporting the executive arm to communicate its achievements as well rally for his election and the grand launch of delivery.go.ke which was personally launched by the president and his deputy to showcase the Jubilee government’s achievements since it came in power in April 2013. The site replaces Nexus.or.ke which never survived a month and complements President.go.ke and Mygov.go.ke.

Delivery.go.ke, run by the President’s Delivery Unit, is divided into three sections namely Flagship Programmes, County Programmes and Ministry Programmes. The Flagship Programmes are under ICT, Lands, Health care, and Infrastructure with many listed as completed, ongoing at different phases, or completed.

Whether the projects began in the Kibaki regime or were funded by international organizations, it’s not a big deal. Some of the projects such as roads, hospitals and bit of rural electrification are genuine while others are exaggerated. The site indicates 2.5M plus title deeds have been processed while processing fees for another 3M titles waived. Delivery.go.ke run by the President’s Delivery Unit, a centre of government function based in the Office The President has done a fair job as the primary unit tasked to improve the coordination of National Government flagship programs. Nzioka Waita, its head has done a commendable job. But it gets worse.

Over the weekend, we noticed several sites online allegedly ordered by propaganda firm Cambridge Analytica feared for its role for Trump election and the Brexit referendum vote. The two sites, one for Raila and one for Uhuru, built in the same format with the same goal- respectively spreading hate and loyalty about the candidates on social media. The firm behind it went ahead to buy Twitter and Google Ads for the sites, a move readers think aim to hijack user democracy and win the swing vote among the youth undecided about both Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

To the NASA camp, the websites and ads are miracle if the comments on some of the aerticles are anything to go by. One such article by a certain Kimani Ichung’wa (hope not the M.P) claims to Raila everything is bad if he doesn’t take credit.

“NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga has tried to make this a campaign agenda, and has called for the project to be scrapped or reversed,” Ichung’wa writes. “His statements betray, once again, that attacking the government is more important than advancing the country’s development agenda, and caring for his own constituents. He will have to explain why a high-speed train that will trigger economic development and create jobs in Western and Nyanza regions — his own backyard — should be cancelled.”

“The answer is simple for all who haved followed Raila’s political career. If he doesn’t take credit for something, he tries to discredit it, even if it is good for Kenya and the people. The opposition’s excuse for opposing the SGR extension is another red herring. They claim the government is making the national debt unsustainable,” says the writer. However, to the surprise of the writer, the negative articles are working wonders for Raila Odinga and his team.

Surprisingly most of the readers are in support of Raila Odinga, the NASA candidate and are not portraying the intended negative image the team had intended.

“Job Orandi Mageto you’re so stupid person when you talk badly to Raila. which kenya a you living madeni yanatumaliza kabisa kwa hii serikali yenye haijali mkenya wa kawaida. serikali yenye anatuambia ati unga ni 90 na hali ilali unga ni 130 kwa sababu ya kufikilia duni kuwa supermaket ziko mpaka vijijini.

Denice Job Ochieng Hmmm you talk as if you are a visitor in Kenya and as if you are soon leaving…. Get this its not about the locomotives and all that you say,, look into the life of a normal mkenya who pays taxes as well as looking for sh.200 to pass a meal.. And look forward to another,, now maintaining the life is the problem…. Tell such a Kenyan about the locomotives!!! And yet no food to put him up!!! That’s why I strongly sa that… #JUBILEE_MUST_GO who to take that place #BABA_JOSHUA_RAILA
Frenky Madividy Stupis analysis we all know how much raila has contributed to the development of this country both freedom wise,economicwise and politically.your stupid analysis can only be compared to that of Mutahi Ngunyi who always dreams about raila
Vickery Omwandho ABDUBA DIDA QUOTES:
” Uhuru Kenyatta spent 3 years at the ICC trying to save himself, when he came back he called parties and started campaigning, when did he sit down to work?
Those working in this Country are the Chinese. They propose an idea, fund, implement and manage the idea! and that’s the tragedy of this Country.
 
 According to the Star, the Jubilee Party hired global data mining company Cambridge Analytica and British communications firm BTP Advisers to help it retain the presidency. For the record, Cambridge Analytica, which allegedly uses fake online opinion pieces as news, hate and ethnic profiling to create divisions between political camps  and win over undecided voters has a string of failures in Nigeria while working for Yar’Adua, and in Lativia and in St Lucia and failure to help Ted Cruz clinch the republican nominations leave alone the US presidency.

Unlike other populations, Kenyans are queer and might not easily be swayed by backward psychological warfare waged by ex-military men through social media ads. Negative labels elevate candidates up above others and easily wins them sympathy votes for not fighting back; a principle used by Sun Tzu, in his Art of War , “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” Apart from public war of words, Raila is not fighting back by showing he cant compete the Uhuru team on resources then using the same tactic to claim the incumbent is using public resources and shortchanging voters against Kenya’s elections Act Section  14.

The act states that a candidate, referendum committee or other person shall not use public resources for the purpose of campaigning during an election or a referendum. No government shall publish any advertisements of achievements of the respective government either in the print media, electronic media, or by way of banners or hoardings in public places during the election period.

Coupled with corruption, ceiling food prices, inflation and unemployment,  the issue of public resources makes Raila an easy sale to his sympathizers by portraying himself as the Joshua to lead his people into a safer Canaan with food and honest leaders. So whether Raila is going to hire a data team to buy ads or not; the damage intended by Jubilee Party strategists is working positively for the opposition.

Though known as a big data firm, Cambridge Analytica doesnt actually use big data, but neuroticism, old-fashioned propaganda and tricks and subterfuge like it did for by creating tensions between Latvians and ethnic Russian residents to influence voting behavior. In Trinidad the firm helped a candidate by importing graffiti artists to do slogans and stickers to appear as if they were by Trinidadians. In Nigeria, in 2016, the firm dissuaded opposition supporters from voting by organizing anti-poll rallies and discrediting opponents. For Leave.eu, the firm targeted anti-BREXIT supporters with Facebook, Twitter, and Google ads using their digital traces.

Cambridge Analytica buys personal data from surveys on social media, land registries, car registration, shopping data, loyalty cards, membership cards, shopping, schools, among others then aggregates this data into real people with their age, address, fears, needs, interests, and where they stay or who they intend to vote for. These findings help Cambridge Analytica to target each person with an appropriate political message to influence their voting. Unless the tactics are stopped, Kenyans should be ready to come across various ads targeting them and their peers with different political messages such as go out and vote against Raila Odinga, not to vote totally or to vote for the Jubilee Party to complete its development projects for the good of all Kenyans.

It gets worse with Google search with various keywords to do with Raila Odinga, Kenya elections, Unga among others lead to paid posts from various sources portraying Uhuru Kenyatta as the savior who pushed down Unga prices.

Read more about Cambridge Analytica here, here, here and here.

 

 

 

 

 

Uber integrates Snapchat filters allowing users to share snaps to leverage social proof

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Uber has partnered Snapchat to launch a new feature that will allow users to share photos with their friends while on transit in a new move viewed to leverage social proof to market the platform in Africa.

These special filters through integration with Snapchat means Uber riders in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria are turned into ambassadors makerting the platform to their fans, friends and family. Uber says the new feature is part of a continued upgrade of the Uber rider application that begun in November last year which introduced new features such as upfront pricing and estimate time of arrival at one’s destination.

Uber  General Manager for East Africa, Loic Amado, said, “In our new rider app, we start with your destination so we can get you there as fast as possible and also tailor the journey to you. But we also realize that you’re doing more than just going somewhere – you’re often going somewhere to meet someone. So, we are rolling out an integration with Snapchat so you can unlock custom Uber filters while you ride, and Snap your friends while en route.”

To access the new feature, riders need to be existing Snapchat users and on an Uber ride. While on the ride, Uber riders will see a Snapchat card in their feed. They then need to select the type of filter they want to unlock, take their selfie, and swipe right. Riders can also use Uber filters with other Snapchat lenses for double the fun. The Snapchat integration will be available to riders on both Android and iOS.

“Gone are the days of toggling between apps – you now have a fun and social way to share you’re in an Uber! This is one of many ways that we are working to ensure that we innovate to give our riders the best experience possible when riding with us,” added Mr. Amado.

Four Kenyan Bloggers You Don’t Know that You Should Check Out

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There are plenty of blogs in Kenya, yet it’s always the same old websites that take all the credit. However, when you look a little closer you realise that there is plenty of talent out there, content creators that will leave you hooked and wanting more. Here are just a few of them;

  1. Zero Chills

Just as the name suggests, this blog consists of opinionated controversial posts that focus on societal issues and the hilarious experiences of a girl called Vanessa Kamau, the founder of the blog. From disputing the misogynistic opinion what is ‘wife material’, to her experience with clingy friends who can’t handle getting ‘blue ticked’ (we all have those), her content comes as a breath of fresh air, that more people need to check out.

More of her fascinating insight can also be found on her column at OMG voice.

  1. The Rackster

Maybe another Biko Zulu in the making, or maybe he just likes telling stories. He considers himself, a social climber still hungovered over his first job; changing lifestyle and failed relationships. However he is also the brains behind The Rackster, an amazing creative writing blog, and you only need to click the link to understand why. He has an interesting way of weaving words into tales and making you get lost in his musings, and could easily become a favorite read.

  1. Whispery Wind

A lifestyle blog by a woman called Wayumu with a focus on food, travel and adventure. She’s lived in 3 countries, and visited a few others and strives to continue exploring. You can catch her experiences, feelings, and thoughts on her beautifully designed blog.

  1. As Told By Bobby

This blog is actually a draft copy of Bobby’s second novel that focuses on the quest for wealth and an endless search for true love.  You instantly get hooked with the story about the main character,  who has two girlfriends, just like many people have at one point in their lives. Does he get caught two timing? That’s a question that will be answered as you read.

 

 

 

 

 

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