Digital Technologies, Elections and Campaigns in Africa

Duncan Omanga, Admire Mare, Pamela Mainye

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This book looks at how digital technologies are revolutionizing electoral campaigns and democratization struggles in Africa. Digital technologies are giving voice and civic agency to a cross section of African voters, providing important spaces for political engagement and debate. Drawing on cases from Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe amongst others, this book traces the shifts and tensions in this changing electoral communications landscape. In doing so, the book explores themes such as hate speech and disinformation, decolonisation, surveillance, internet shutdowns, influencers, bots, algorithms, and election observation, and looks beyond Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube to the increasingly important role of visual platforms such as Instagram and TikTok. Particularly highlighting the contribution of African scholars, this book is an important guide for researchers across the fields of African politics, media studies, and electoral studies, as well as to professionals and policymakers in political communication.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages266
ISBN (Electronic)9781003800163
ISBN (Print)9781032551166
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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