The Race for an African-Made Mobile Phone

With the hope of being the primary provider of high-speed and long-lasting mobile phones throughout Africa, telecom companies, governments and upstart entrepreneurs in various nations across the continent have announced their intention to bring an Africa-made phone to market. The motivations behind the race are two-fold: to compete with big, imported brands and to build out the technological interests of the general population. Also, by …

Ethiopia’s First Satellite Launching in 2019

With China’s financial assistance, Ethiopia will be sending its first-ever observatory satellite into space next year. The capsule is heading into the skies for three to five years in order to collect data on climate and weather changes. Costing $8 million to design and produce, the satellite will launch from China, but have control based out of Ethiopia. While it seems like a joint venture by the …

Art as Action: Forensic Architecture

Part activism, part research agency, part creative endeavor

In contemporary society, the intersection between cities and battlegrounds is blurred—perhaps more than ever in nations suffering through conflicts. But as technology becomes more accessible and affordable (and internet more widely available), crime and conflict are documented from hundreds and thousands of angles, perspectives and positions. Forensic Architecture, helmed by Eyal Weizman at Goldsmiths University of London, is an independent research agency working to gather and …