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The importance of informal finance arrangements is a reverberating theme across Africa. Informal doesn’t necessarily mean bad or evil or dirty, it’s just that rather than rely on the heavy hand of the law, some communities prefer to place their trust in reputation and social networks for all trade commerce and financial relationships whether offline or online.  Others, will turn to informal institutions of trade and finance when faced by adversity in an immediate harsh environment such as war, political instability, structural programs or lack of reliable services. For example,

A great career shouldn’t come at the expense of your identity, but this is a tradeoff many of us have to make. Written during Latinx Heritage Month, this article examines the role that remote work plays in preserving Latinx culture across the U.S. In life and in business, we talk a lot about trade-offs. We learn that we can’t have it all, that there are certain things we need to sacrifice to get ahead in life. And as a Latinx person, that often means trading off between two of the

Netflix is hiring on pocitjobs.com Tell us a bit about yourself and how you ended up on your path? My name is Charles Nwatu and I am currently the Engineering Manager at Netflix for their corporate information security team. The origin story for how I got into information security is interesting. My initial passion growing up and what I aspired to become, was a nurse. I really like helping people. I like interacting with people. I like understanding people’s stories and journeys. But one day, I think when I was

Facebook is plotting a new cryptocurrency dubbed ‘Libra’ for its vast social network scheduled for release in 2020. Libra Coin, a virtual currency, will be governed by Libra association, a conglomerate of 28 American and European corporations who will decide everything from who can join the network, process transactions and how much currency will circulate. As an African, it is my opinion that the peoples of Africa, its governments and central banks should be concerned, because we risk ceding more control, from the little we have now, to a digital

At the start of Black History Month 2019, Google designed its daily-changing homepage logo to include an image of African-American activist Sojourner Truth, the great 19th-century abolitionist and women’s rights activist. But what would Truth say about Google’s continual lack of care and respect toward people of color? While bringing more attention to Sojourner Truth is venerable, Google can do better. As a professor and researcher of digital cultures, I have found that a lack of care and investment by tech companies towards users who are not white and male

Today, communities of color face a battle to uphold civil rights that have been abridged through online platforms. The opportunity, well-being, and liberty of Black and Brown Americans is intensified or denied as emerging technologies transform our society. Civil rights by definition are sets of guaranteed privileges that include equal treatment, equal opportunity, and the ability to be free from discrimination. The civil rights movement in the United States was a two-decades-long struggle with the goal of enforcing constitutional and legal rights for African Americans. The movement was mostly about

Techish is a weekly podcast where hosts Abadesi and Michael break down all the latest tech and pop culture news. It’s Tech-ish. Catch the latest episode on all good podcast apps Abadesi and Michael are back breaking down Disneys new streaming service – is it a Netflix killer? Following up from this tweet thread they also then discuss the controversy as to whether Jumia [recently gone public] is an African startup. That’s followed by a harsh look at Alibaba Jack Ma’s CEO’s statement about a 996 work schedule – 9am-9pm

Atlassian is hiring on pocitjobs.com! With initial aspirations of being “a struggling artist”  – John found himself as a sought after technical writer two years before finishing his bachelor’s degree. Currently, Senior Technical Writer at Atlassian, John’s illustrious career in technical writing stemmed from a series of hard decisions, beginning from his and his girlfriend’s (now wife’s) unplanned pregnancy when they were 19: “At that moment, I decided that I had to give my kids the same thing that my parents gave me. And that was a stable home full

This article is a snippet from the postgraduate thesis of Alex Fefegha, the amazing technologist and founder of Comuzi. Here he breaks down concrete examples of racism and sexism perpetrated by A.I. So here it goes: Suggestions have made that decision-support systems powered by AI can be used to augment human judgment and reduce both conscious and unconscious biases. However, machine learning data, algorithms, and other design choices that shape AI systems may reflect and amplify existing cultural prejudices and inequalities. While historian of technology Melvin Kranzberg (1986) constructed the viewpoint

We caught up with the amazing Fikile M Kani about her amazing new original webseries Tech Bae… As soon as we heard the premise of a black women founder trying to create a better dating experience for black women we had to find out more. Have a look at her tweet thread before deliving into our interview. Aya’s story needs to be on peoples’ screens not only to bring light issues around bias, but to add more black women’s faces in spaces where they are underrepresented–the tech/startup worlds and on

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