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Africa’s online platforms take on Silicon Valley

Africa’s online platforms take on Silicon Valley

KIM HARRISBERG and MENNA A. FAROUK PLAN a funeral, call out corruption or start a business - tough jobs all now made easier by a generation of tech-savvy Africans tackling local problems beyond the grasp of Big Tech. It was frustration that pushed Tanzanian engineer Maxence Melo to launch an anonymous, online whistleblowing platform after his appeals to the media to investigate an array of questionable mega-project contracts were met with silence. His JamiiForums website launched in 2006, unmasking the murky money trails of Africa's rich and powerful, and now has more than 3 million visitors daily. It is just…
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