Diaspora And The Cloud

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No longer is Africa’s rich cultural heritage, development and identity championed and hijacked by those from outside and treated as a footnote to human history. …

No longer is Africa’s rich cultural heritage, development and identity championed and hijacked by those from outside and treated as a footnote to human history.

Social Media tools are allowing Africa's Neo Diaspora an opportunity to tell their stories, share their culture, collaborate, and engage in Africa's development.

For the first time, Africa is contributing it's collective intelligence to the collective human cloud of knowledge.

Africa's story is increasingly being told by Africans.

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  • Forcefully migrated off the continent between approximately 1500 - 1800 through the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Between 1500 and 1900, approximately eleven million survived the Middle Passage to the New World. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_diaspora#Dispersal_through_migration
  • The fall of colonialism opened the door for the 1st wave of neo diasporans. 3 million neo diasporans in the US
  • Barack Obama’s father was among the first wave of Neo Diaspora
  • The collective intelligence of Africa’s Diaspora population, for the first time, has a place to congregate.

    Myspace used to share African music and culture

    Over 500 Africa-related pages on Facebook.

    Over quarter million videos on Youtube.

    Twitter is fact becoming the #1 tool for discoverability and conversation
  • The collective intelligence of Africa’s Diaspora population, for the first time, has a place to congregate.

    Myspace used to share African music and culture

    Over 500 Africa-related pages on Facebook.

    Over quarter million videos on Youtube.

    Twitter is fact becoming the #1 tool for discoverability and conversation
  • The collective intelligence of Africa’s Diaspora population, for the first time, has a place to congregate.

    Myspace used to share African music and culture

    Over 500 Africa-related pages on Facebook.

    Over quarter million videos on Youtube.

    Twitter is fact becoming the #1 tool for discoverability and conversation
  • The collective intelligence of Africa’s Diaspora population, for the first time, has a place to congregate.

    Myspace used to share African music and culture

    Over 500 Africa-related pages on Facebook.

    Over quarter million videos on Youtube.

    Twitter is fact becoming the #1 tool for discoverability and conversation
  • A MANIFESTO FOR AGES
    On February 20th 1909, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti challenged Italy’s status quo by laying to white paper his generation’s blue print for an awakening.1 It was a stinging criticism of all that was, a violent cry for what could be but wasn’t, a generation’s trumpet call for all to shake off of a staid past and take on the responsibility of defining a new path. Italy had become too complacent with it’s rich history of accomplishments.

    He sent out a call for a new future defined by bold ideas, unapologetic disregard for tradition and the status quo, and a fully clenched punch into the gut of old-schoolism.

    Born Egyptian, he represented Africa’s earliest Diaspora activism spirit
  • 100 years later, today’s Diaspora is vastly equipped and is quickly writing it’s own Diaspora Manifesto to challenge the status quo. The rise of Dambisa Moyo to the public stage this year is just one example.
  • She used all social media channels to broadcast her message and spur conversation and debate.
  • She used all social media channels to broadcast her message and spur conversation and debate.
  • Cloud’s social media tools like blogs and Twitter, for the first time, provide powerful communication tools the Diaspora can use to be heard

    Earlier this year I experienced the power and speed of social media. My criticism of Ashton Kutcher’s popularity contest with CNN, which pitted Africa as the beneficiary got a lot of traffic. Pushed mainly by Twitter and Facebook.
  • Other members of the African Diaspora joined the debate and spread the message
  • Other members of the African Diaspora joined the debate and spread the message
  • We are also using video conferencing to share ideas and collaborate.
  • We are for the first time, armed with tools to come to the defense of our identity, and most importantly, our dignity.
  • We are sharing stories on what we are doing to help ourselves, and in turn, inspiring each other to do more.
  • Like this comment posted to one of our project videos on Facebook.
  • 900,000,000 people in Africa, 53 Countries.
  • Only 65.9 million Africans have regular access to the internet. Up from 54.2 million last year.
  • Only 65.9 million Africans have regular access to the internet. Up from 54.2 million last year.
  • Only 65.9 million Africans have regular access to the internet. Up from 54.2 million last year.
  • You’ve heard of the satirical text by Binyavanga Wainana, “How not to write about Africa”. Well this is how not to invite Africa to the social.
  • Social networks in use in Africa. Vast room for improvement.

    David showed us a map of the data centers earlier.

    Not a single one on continental Africa, but it’s not a slight.
  • Getting 900,000,000 ppl to connect to the cloud has enormous challenges, energy being primary to cloud participation. but they are not insurmountable.

    This is how a vast majority of Africa connects to information, how we learn.
  • But even with the energy challenge, Africa is starting to connect to social networks.

    Social networks are an increasing way for Diaspora to stay in touch with their families back home.
  • But even with the energy challenge, Africa is starting to connect to social networks.

    Social networks are an increasing way for Diaspora to stay in touch with their families back home.
  • But even with the energy challenge, Africa is starting to connect to social networks.

    Social networks are an increasing way for Diaspora to stay in touch with their families back home.
  • But even with the energy challenge, Africa is starting to connect to social networks.

    Social networks are an increasing way for Diaspora to stay in touch with their families back home.
  • I’ve contemplated getting my mother a Facebook profile. I don’t know if this would be her reaction to what I post their or just the sheer terror of new technology.
  • We need to explore the one common denominator that’ll get us there faster.

    Mobile platform.

    The mobile platform is changing the game. Going beyond simple communication, to a full-fledged platform.
  • The cables are coming, the cables are coming!

    What will be Africa’s contribution to the cloud now that the pipes are fatter? How long will it take to hit critical mass?

    What will that do to the cloud bias we talked about earlier this morning?

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  • 1. Diaspora & the Cloud
  • 2. mission
  • 3. mission Mobilize, engage, and motivate the African Diaspora to take an active role in Africa’s economic, social, and cultural revitalization; by leveraging our $40 billion in annual remittances, skills transfer, and global connections.
  • 4. Classic Diaspora Definition http://z.about.com/d/africanhistory/1/0/-/J/SlaveBarkWildfire.jpg Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_diaspora#Dispersal_through_migration | Source: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/peo_afr_dia_pop-people-african-diaspora-population
  • 5. Classic African Diaspora Global Distribution Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_diaspora#Dispersal_through_migration Source: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/peo_afr_dia_pop-people-african-diaspora-population
  • 6. Classic African Diaspora Global Distribution 40 million Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_diaspora#Dispersal_through_migration Source: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/peo_afr_dia_pop-people-african-diaspora-population
  • 7. Classic African Diaspora Global Distribution 40 million 9 million Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_diaspora#Dispersal_through_migration Source: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/peo_afr_dia_pop-people-african-diaspora-population
  • 8. Classic African Diaspora Global Distribution 40 million 9 million 22 million Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_diaspora#Dispersal_through_migration Source: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/peo_afr_dia_pop-people-african-diaspora-population
  • 9. Classic African Diaspora Global Distribution 40 million 9 million 22 million 101 million Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_diaspora#Dispersal_through_migration Source: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/peo_afr_dia_pop-people-african-diaspora-population
  • 10. Neo Diaspora Voluntary migrants since the end of colonial rule in mid 1960’s Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_diaspora#Dispersal_through_migration Source: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/peo_afr_dia_pop-people-african-diaspora-population
  • 11. Cultural Separation 150 years of cultural separation between the last Africans slaves to be exported off the continent, and the new migrants who started in 1950s & 1960s
  • 12. The Futurist Manifesto By F.T. Marinetti
  • 13. Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo added her voice to the decades-old aid to Africa debate with the release of her book, Dead Aid.
  • 14. TMS Ruge, UK Ida Horner, UK
  • 15. No longer is Africa’s rich cultural heritage, development and identity championed and hijacked by those from outside and treated as a footnote to human history.
  • 16. “Teddy & Tracy, I feel like I could just pack and leave for Africa and be there to do my all…”
  • 17. What about Africa’s participation in the cloud?
  • 18. 23
  • 19. Source: http://www.lemonde.fr/technologies/infographie/2008/01/14/reseaux-sociaux-des-audiences-differentes-selon-les-continents_999097_651865.html
  • 20. UGANDA
  • 21. UGANDA Population: 32,000,000
  • 22. UGANDA Population: 32,000,000 Facebook: 60,000
  • 23. UGANDA Population: 32,000,000 Facebook: 60,000 Average speeds: 28 kb/s - 56 kb/s
  • 24. … but there’s hope
  • 25. London England Marseille Vigo France Spain Sesimbra Portugal Chipiona Spain Asilah Morocco a d s vist slan Altanary I a Fujairah ia C an United Arab rit Emirates au M on tow ie, iss ia ga tt, b e o Mumbai ee ak -B m en ch l Port Sudan India Fr on nea Ga r, S ak Sudan C ui e ka ou N e on via , S uin u , L ier ea n G a Le Massiwa Lo ,Ghana oire G Th a Eritrea ibe ra D Cape Verde ria v D'I Cochin r in o en ia og India te Djibouti , B iger ,T ,Co ou N a un me ra eri ro on s, ijan ot ago Nig ero Acc am C L ny, la, C Ab M n Bo ua Do Mogadishu n abo Somalia e, G evil Libr Mombasa Kenya Pointe Noir, Congo Dar Es Salaam Tanzania Cacua co,Ang ola Lua nda 360 gigabits ,An gola SAT3/SAFE 640 gigabits Tamatave GLO-1 Madagascar 1280 gigabits Baie du Jacobet TEAMs Mauritius 1280 gigabits Maputo Seacom Mozambique St Paul Reunion 1400 gigabits EASSy Mtunzini South Africa 1920 gigabits ACE Melkbosstrand 1920 gigabits South Africa MaIN OnE 5120 gigabits African Undersea Cables (2011) WACS http://manypossibilities.net/african-undersea-cables Version 17 - Jul 2009
  • 26. “The Web is exciting for two reasons: One, it's ubiquitous. . . And anything that's ubiquitous gets interesting. ...There's going to be a lot more innovation, and that will create a place where there isn't this dark cloud of dominance." Steve Jobs February 1996, Wired Magazine interview
  • 27. TMS Ruge +1 214 763 1620 teddy@projectdiaspora.org Twitter: @tmsruge www.projectdiaspora.org www.tmsruge.com/blog