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Quick Hits

China’s African adventure (NYTimes Magazine piece).

Phonezoo – find and share ringtones.

– Spurred on by the debate around the lack of diversity at blogging indaba in Grahamstown, Tanzania bloggers hold a virtual conference.

4 comments to Quick Hits

  • From the Tanzania bloggers’ conference: November 18th every year will be National Blog Day in Tanzania!

  • Is “lack of diversity” a pc substitute for lack of black africans? Even so, I wish them all the best. Someone in KBW should organise one too.

  • Anandi Pendse

    I am Anandi Pendse, a graduate student pursuing my masters in Human-Computer Interaction at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, U.S.A. I belong to the college of computing (http://www.cc.gatech.edu/). I am writing a research paper on the Effectiveness of blogs in promoting and raising awareness about development activities such as women’s issues, conflict resolution and education etc under the guidance of Dr. Michael Best ( http://www.inta.gatech.edu/~michael_best).
    I am focusing on blogs written by residents of developing countries or blogs about developing countries. I am trying to cover as many countries and development issues as possible.
    I came across your blog through a blog search engine and thought you would be an ideal person to be a part of my survey.
    I would be grateful if you could take out some time from your schedule and answer the questions in the survey. This survey should not take more than 15 minutes to complete. I am hoping that this survey will help me to pinpoint the deficiencies and improve blog service providers so that you and other bloggers like you can use the blog in a better way to raise awareness and get your ideas across.
    I assure you that the information you give will not be used for any purpose other than this paper and your identity will not be revealed to anyone. There will be no mention of your name or nationality or any other personal information in the paper. The information you provide will be used to generate statistics and only these statistics will be used in the paper.

    This survey is divided into 2 parts. Following are the links to the 2 parts.
    Please do respond to both the links


    If you go to this link and respond to the survey it means that you are voluntarily consenting to be a part of the survey and allowing the information you provide to be used to compile statistics for the research paper. If you are a minor i.e. an individual who is less than 18 years of age the please seek parental permission before taking the survey. I would once more like to make it clear that no personal information you provide will be revealed to any person or organization.

    If you have any other questions or would like to share any other information please email me back. I would be glad to answer.

    I am hoping that you can be a part of this survey,

    Anandi Pendse
    Masters in Human Computer Interaction
    College of Computing
    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Amused

    The more things change the more they stay the same. As Africans we are walking into another round of explotation. Why would China want to develop a continent when it has it’s own problems? What is in it for them? I am afraid we will open our eyes in 20 yrs and realise they have the land/gold/oil/labor and we will have what, their goodwill?