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There is such a huge desire for people in Uganda to get in contact with the West that they are willing to spend their small savings on these ‘opportunities’, it’s therefore common for con men to set up fake organizations to meet this demand. Later on in Kayesoft 1, I met Sidney. He was pretty open about how he tried to get as many international contacts as possible. He tried this through Facebook, but also by asking Western tourists for their email addresses. He asked all of them if they could help him with respect to getting a scholarship, job or sponsor.
I thx God for all those dat hv continually prayed 4 dis nation Uganda. The examples above and the observations of this research challenge the idea that traditional or religious affiliations are vanishing due to the blurring function of the digital world. A clear example is the phenomenon that ethnic tribes organize themselves online. The biggest tribes such as the Ankole and Buganda even have their own network group on Facebook. It appears that the digital space need not necessarily subvert traditional affiliations, but rather offers new platforms for identity building, self-expression and cultural understanding.
The Internet has not only exposed these options, but has also made it easier to try to go abroad. ’69 As a result, the desire has grown for a lot of Ugandans, since what they had always dreamed of suddenly seems very feasible. 67. 68. 69. S. html. S. pdf. Sorj, 2003, p. 41. BEYOND ICT4D: NEW MEDIA RESEARCH IN UGANDA 49 Conclusions As we have seen, Internet usage in Uganda consists of a mix of economical and recreational activities. Almost all respondents used mainly western platforms, in particular Yahoo, MSN and Google.