Posts tagged: Africa

Hubs vs. Incubators: What Are the Pain Points for Impact and Efficiency?

With tech entrepreneurship on the rise across Africa, efforts to support the agenda are evolving and diversifying. There has been quite a bit of debate—sometimes of the heated kind—about whether incubators, hubs, labs, and other support organizations work. In my view, what’s often missing from such discussions is a deeper understanding of what a hub… Read More »

Kapuścinski Public Lecture – “Uneven Geographies of Power and Participation in the Internet Era”

10 November 2015 0

I recently had the opportunity to give a Kapuścinski public lecture titled “Uneven Geographies of Power and Participation in the Internet Era.” You can watch the whole lecture at the link above. For anyone interested in more about the topic, the following pieces could be of interest: Graham, M., Straumann, R., Hogan, B. 2016. Digital Divisions of… Read More »

Internet for all remains an impossible dream, no matter what Jimmy Wales says

8 October 2015 0

I wrote a short piece for The Conversation about the potentials of ubiquitous connectivity. In it, I argue that neither cheaper internet nor the supposed altruism of corporations (through initiatives like Internet.org) will get us there. You can read the full thing here: Graham, M. 2015. Internet for all Remains an Impossible Dream, No Matter what Jimmy Wales… Read More »

New publication – Digital Divisions of Labor and Informational Magnetism: Mapping Participation in Wikipedia

I am very happy to announce that a new paper that I have written with Ralph Straumann and Bernie Hogan is now available: Graham, M., Straumann, R., Hogan, B. 2015. Digital Divisions of Labour and Informational Magnetism: Mapping Participation in Wikipedia. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 105(6) 1158-1178. doi:10.1080/00045608.2015.1072791.(pre-publication version here) The paper… Read More »

The Geographies of Science

Description This graph illustrates the number of journal articles produced around the world. Data The data used in this graph are from Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science, which “provides access to the world’s leading citation databases” and “includes current and retrospective journal and proceedings data in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities”. This data… Read More »

Incubators vs. Hubs at the Example of Accra

Use of the term “hub” has certainly been inflationary in discussions about innovation and entrepreneurship support. I believe that innovation hubs are a genuinely new (and exciting!) organizational form, but at the same time, “hub” has become a misnomer for many organizations where the label doesn’t quite fit, especially across Africa. This wouldn’t be such… Read More »

Informational Magnetism on Wikipedia: mapping edit focus

21 January 2015 0

The previous post demonstrated not only that Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa are net-importers of content on Wikipedia (Sub-Saharan Africa, for instance, receives 10.7 more edits from the rest of the world than it commits to the rest of the world), but it also showed where those edits come from. This… Read More »

Informational Magnetism on Wikipedia: geographic networks of edits

15 January 2015 0

The previous posts about the geography of contributions to Wikipedia showed the varying types of local engagement that different regions have, the primary reason that Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, has such a low proportion of locally created content, and some of the ways that Sub-Saharan Africa’s already extremely low proportion of local contributions is inflated… Read More »