Senegalese broadcaster silenced

Bad news coming out of Dakar. Media Helping Media has the story. An estimated 70 armed soldiers raided the Dakar offices of Avenir Communication on May 31 as owner Madiambal Diagne was holding a press conference to launch Premiere FM. The commander of the gendarmes and officials of the national telecommunications and stations regulatory authorityContinue reading “Senegalese broadcaster silenced”

Ghanaian Information Minister: Ghana has a pivotal role in FOSS

Over at the Free Software and Open Source for Africa website, they’ve put up the opening remarks by Ghanaian Communications Minister Mike Ocquaye kicking off last week’s MediaFOSS event. The speech had me cheering, and it’s comments like this that give me great hope for the future of Free Software in Africa: “The seeds ofContinue reading “Ghanaian Information Minister: Ghana has a pivotal role in FOSS”

Campcaster installed in Freetown

The days in Freetown were hectic, filled with lots of work combined with lots of waiting in traffic to get from one side of town to the other. Traffic was pretty bad, with a strangely functional form of chaos governing things. In the traffic, people selling random stuff – tube socks, flashlights, bathroom fixtures, andContinue reading “Campcaster installed in Freetown”

“Freetown” and Freetown

You may have wondered what I’ve been up to lately and why, even for this blog, there has been such a prolonged radio silence. In fact, the cause of so much ‘dead air’ has been the work necessary to complete our latest software release, Campcaster 1.1 “Freetown.” We released “Freetown” this week, after a painstakingContinue reading ““Freetown” and Freetown”

The muscles from Brussels – not!

I’m headed to Brussels tomorrow to take part in the Euro Foo Camp event, which should be a blast. It’s my first time at such an event, so I really don’t know what to expect, but am ready for almost anything. I understand that at one of these Foo Camp events in California they tookContinue reading “The muscles from Brussels – not!”

A pen-and-paper post from the airport in Freetown

I got back into Dakar late last night, safe and sound, after waiting around the airport in Freetown because my plane was delayed for nearly 7 hours. I thought I would miss my connecting flight in Banjul, Gambia, but as it turns out, happily, there was an error in the computer system, and my flightContinue reading “A pen-and-paper post from the airport in Freetown”