Let­ter from Africa: In­side the gated com­mu­ni­ties of What­sApp

Zambian Business Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

By Joseph Warungu

I've just been pro­moted to be­come the ad­min­is­tra­tor of a What­sApp group aimed at mo­bi­liz­ing sup­port for devel­op­ment projects for my home vil­lage in Kenya. With a click and a swipe, I can wipe away any mem­ber from the group. So I've been spend­ing sleep­less nights, im­pa­tiently pa­trolling the group's ac­tiv­i­ties, wait­ing for the un­for­tu­nate soul who is tempted to con­tra­vene the rules gov­ern­ing the group. I had no idea power tasted this good.

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