Highway Africa News Agency (South Africa) http://www.highwayafrica.org.za/hana/ published an interesting item last May entitled "Blogging: a Way to 'Decolonise Cyberspace'" which discusses an effort by a Tanzanian, Ndesanjo Macha, to promote blogging in African languages. He has a blog in Swahili and "is one of a group of young Africans who started a movement to place African languages on the internet by blogging novels, songs and poems in African languages and allowing the free use of content under the Creative Commons (cc) project."
The item was picked up by AllAfrica.com (a unique resource for accessing articles from the African print media) at: http://allafrica.com/stories/200505270204.html It can also be read at several sites (that may also be of interest for different reasons so I'll pass all the references along): http://www.mulonga.net/discus/messages/25/1013.html?1117901480 http://listserv.arizona.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0505&L=ilat&T=0&F=&S=&P=7880 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AfricanLanguages/message/409 ...and apparently (though I've had trouble accessing blogspot.com): http://newsagency.blogspot.com/ 2005_05_27_newsagency_archive.html or http://newsagency.blogspot.com/2005_05_27_newsagency_archive.html On a personal note, I'll mention that I have experimented briefly with small amounts of content in Fulfulde and Bambara on my much neglected blogspot blog, Beyond Niamey. It would be interesting to know of all such efforts among Africans and others blogging about Africa or whatever. Perhaps the list at http://allafrica.com/afdb/blogs could have a column for indicating language(s) of content... Don Osborn Bisharat.net _______________________________________________ DIGITALDIVIDE mailing list DIGITALDIVIDE@mailman.edc.org http://mailman.edc.org/mailman/listinfo/digitaldivide To unsubscribe, send a message to [EMAIL PROTECTED] with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the body of the message.