Whatsapp and Everyday Life in West Africa: Beyond Fake News (Paperback)
WhatsApp is the most popular messaging platform in over 80% of countries in West Africa, and a daily port of call for a wide range of information and services. This edited collection seeks to examine the impact that this transformative technology has had beyond the much-discussed role it has played in the spread of misinformation, and explore more widely the fundamental changes that WhatsApp has brought to many citizens' lives in social, economic and political contexts.Ranging across subjects including political organisation, religious practice, and family relations, each author in this volume brings direct knowledge and testimony of the impact of WhatsApp across West African society.
Idayat Hassan is Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development, an Abuja based policy, advocacy and research organisation with a focus on deepening democracy and development in West Africa. Idayat is a lawyer and has held fellowships in universities across Europe and America. Her interests span democracy, peace and security, transitional justice, and ICT4D across West Africa and her analysis is regularly sought by the BBC, Bloomberg and Voice of America. Jamie Hitchen is an independent researcher who focuses on politics in the social media age in West Africa. He co-authored a chapter on the use of WhatsApp in Sierra Leone's election to 'Social Media and Politics in Africa' (Zed Books) and has published research on Nigeria's WhatsApp Politics in the Journal of Democracy. He was previously policy researcher at Africa Research Institute and his analysis has been sought by leading international publications including The Economist, Financial Times, BBC and The Guardian. He is an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Birmingham, UK.