Ugandan youth is divers, but they share one interest: the desire to go to the West. When I did my research on Internet usage in Internet cafés in Kampala I noticed that one of the main activities is seeking and creating opportunities to go to the West. Applying for scholarships, looking for sponsors and collecting pen pals are integrated into the daily activities of the online youth. Local websites show ads of scholarships or greencard applications and there are posters spread throughout the streets saying: ‘looking for pen pal or American sponsor? Call this number!’
Fact is that much of these ads are made by so called conmen. The youngsters, desperate to live their dream in the US or Europe, are so eager that they are willing to spend all their money on such ‘chances’. Continue reading
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Tagged advertisement, american sponsor, desire to got to the west, Internet, internet cafés, Kampala, online flirting, online relationship, pen pal, pen pals, penfriend, scam, scamming, scholarships, sponsors, Uganda, west is the best
Colin, our contact person on the Makerere University of ICT, shows us enthusiastically around in the massive building. There are six floors, each filled with hundreds of modern pc’s. Most of them are not yet in use, because they are just installed, he explains. In two months all hardware will be ready to serve the new educational programs. There is an intranet connection under construction, so that multiple classes can learn from only one teacher. Continue reading
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Tagged bandwidth, connection, Facebook, ICT faculty, Internet, internet use, Makerere university, NUFFIC, university
My first intention was to shine a light on the dark informal sphere of illegal economic activities conducted on the Internet. Scams, fraud, fake marriages and so on. My first encounter with a Ugandan blog taught me that the scams were typical Nigerian, not African. People in Uganda were warning each other for this foreign Nigerian fake mails. There went my first prejudice. Continue reading
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Tagged accessibilty, connectivity, Internet, internet research, internet usage, Kampala, nigerian, prejudice, Uganda
On the plane from Cairo to Kampala I met a young Ugandan guy of 19 years old who just flew back from a tennis match in Egypt. He was a real cosmopolitan; he had traveled already all over the world for tennis matches, he studied as well in Uganda as in South Africa and he got a scholarship for next year to study in the USA. He told me laughing he might do some economic studies too, to help us in Europe with our crisis. He uses the laptop of his brother to surf on the Web for news and downloading music.
I asked him if could do an interview with him later on in Kampala and he gave me the phone number of his sister: ‘Ask for Duncan..’ He himself changed too often of simcard to be reachable.
Once in the country it is not only the humid air taking the attention of your senses. The country is filled with massive advertisement and billboards of telecom companies: ‘connect yourself’…
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Tagged accesibility, enduser, ICT4D, ICT4Uganda, Internet, Kampala, mobile phones, phone calls, telecom advertisement, telecom companies, Uganda