Sat. Oct 20th, 2018

Digital Neo-Colonialism with Dr. Umaru Bah

Dr. Umaru Bah is an Associate Graduate Professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University. His two main areas of scholarship are knowledge management, and measurement of digital social media audience and content. Dr. Bah is currently working on a book exploring the critical link between information management and national development, based largely on data he collected in Sierra Leone during his tenure there as Fulbright scholar in 2011-2012.  We discussed his work and what he calls, “digital neo-colonialism.”

0 thoughts on “Digital Neo-Colonialism with Dr. Umaru Bah

  1. I never thought about knowledge measurement. My college experience proved what Dr. Bah spoke about. Information control plays a key role in the portrayal of Black life. These platforms allow a version of COINTELPRO where the targets give up all the intel on themselves. I am on facebook almost daily. I cannot remember the last day rime I went a month without logging in. Smart phones and tablets are making us (me) less likely to cultivate critical thinking.

    What Dr. Bah points out about bandwidth limitations in marginalized communities is something I hadn’t thought about. This is why much of our (my) perception of the Pan African world is stunted…I want to explore the practical ways to capitalize on my online presence.

    Thanks for this discussion, Dr. Ball.

  2. I never thought about knowledge measurement. My college experience proved what Dr. Bah spoke about. Information control plays a key role in the portrayal of Black life. These platforms allow a version of COINTELPRO where the targets give up all the intel on themselves. I am on facebook almost daily. I cannot remember the last day rime I went a month without logging in. Smart phones and tablets are making us (me) less likely to cultivate critical thinking.

    What Dr. Bah points out about bandwidth limitations in marginalized communities is something I hadn’t thought about. This is why much of our (my) perception of the Pan African

  3. Dr. Umaru Bah has some fascinating insights on technology in a West African context. I enjoyed meeting him at the Fulbright Minds event in DC on May 7th.

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