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Beyond free basics: Facebook, data bundles and Zambia’ssocial media internet

Willems, Wendy (2016) Beyond free basics: Facebook, data bundles and Zambia’ssocial media internet. Africa at LSE Blog (01 Sep 2016). Website.

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In the final article of a series looking at the role of digital technology and social media in Zambia’s recent elections, LSE’s Wendy Willems argues that mobile data bundles are crucial to the growing power of social media platforms in Zambia, increasingly creating a ‘social media internet’. They also pose a number of political challenges to mobile operators and governments on the continent. While calling features on Facebook and WhatsApp threaten the revenue base of mobile operators, the political affordances of social media have resulted in a number of government shutdowns recently.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Research centres and groups > Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa
Collections > Africa at LSE
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2016 09:45
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2021 23:21

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