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Bottom-up surveillance on Kenya's Parliament

SID writes,

"Mzalendo means “patriot” in Swahili. The project began at the end of 2005 with the mission to “keep an eye on the Kenyan Parliament.” The idea for the project came about after the website for Kenya’s Parliament was shut down following protests by some MPs who were embarrassed about their résumés being published online. The initial goal of Mzalendo was then to provide the basic information that otherwise would have been available on the official parliamentary website. Kenya's parliament website is now back online – but the owners of Mzalendo feel their site still has and important role to play in using online tools to hold Kenyan parliamentarians accountable."


IFTF writes that many Kenyans are using social media to force government transparency, which could inspire neighboring countries to do the same. This could be immensely disruptive to many governments which aren't entirely stable or are completely unaccustomed to watchdog scrutiny, especially from citizens.

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The Society for International Development, May 2010, page 4: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SIF_May2010.pdf#page=4