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Four years ago, If you had asked me to participate in a discussion about data, I would have shied away from it. Like many, we grow up believing that topics such as data, Artificial Intelligence, and machine learning are as foreign as anything else within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Working with data, however, is like stepping into vast, unknown territory. At first, as was the case with me four years ago, raw data is puzzling to the eyes and to the mind. Such data is unwieldy. It is quite hard to shape it correctly for visualization.

A lot…


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“Data is the new oil” is this simple yet very meaningful mantra repeated by the media and technologists in today’s modern world. Whether it is true or not is a subject of much debate; some believe it to be the gospel truth, while others are skeptical. That being said, the effect that data has had on our world today is undeniable. The sheer scale at which it is produced, and the seemingly infinite possibilities in which it can be applied for good, as well as evil, make it a commodity of immense untapped value.

The use of data has trickled…


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In today’s digital world, the use of data has become a day-to-day business requirement be it in public or private organizations. Whichever industry or field one’s in, you always come across data either indirectly as someone who relies on decisions made from data or directly as the person making sense of it.

Data is a powerful tool and is the fuel behind the most efficient and effective decisions — it might be part of a study helping to cure a disease, helping to catch the spread of COVID19, boost a company’s revenue, make a building more efficient or provide a…


Every year since 2003, the month of October has been recognized as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This effort was brought to life through a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

This year marked the 17th anniversary of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and Pollicy joined alongside other organisations like Encrypt Uganda, ISOC Uganda, Digital Literacy Initiative, Makerere University, and others. The theme for this year was “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” …


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Here’s how data analytics and open-source tools can be used to identify misinformation and disinformation networks (social media bots, influencers, groups)

How can one be able to detect misinformation, disinformation networks, bots, influencers, and other fake news perpetrators on social media to help fight the social media infodemic?

The growing number of social media platforms and users has amplified the fake news problem around the world. With access to social media, each of us has the ability to create and disseminate content to the masses in an uncontrollable manner. In addition to this, social media has become a major channel through which reputable institutions and high-status individuals or journalists put out important information to the public. For example in Uganda today, the ministry of health publishes information about daily COVID cases, COVID deaths, and other COVID-related information through their official social media accounts. …


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Highlights from our WhatsApp Chat discussion

Advocacy exists so all people can have their voices heard, issues tackled, views considered, rights protected, and thus serves as an organized process of influencing a targeted audience, individuals or institutions into appreciating and achieving a given positive cause. Digital advocacy happens when the advocacy process is done digitally relying on digital tools such as social media, blogs, websites, etc.


Pollicy believes in the power of data to revolutionize how governments deliver services to their citizens. We aim to digitally transform government services across Africa through an information-centric approach and craft better life experiences by harnessing improved data.

There are major gaps within government and stakeholders in collecting data, analyzing this data and using this data within planning, budgeting and programming. By improving data processes, we can improve how services are delivered, how budgets are allocated, how citizens interact with governments and how organizations advocate for social change.

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Pollicy is looking for a Program Manager to coordinate our different program…


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With benefits such as renewing one’s passion for their job, increasing their productivity, flexibility, reducing costs, and plenty more, remote working might just be what everyone needs during this current environment and might as well be here to stay. So, perhaps you and I need to fully understand what it really is, how it is done, and how one can reap maximum advantages from it. This was why the August 2020 segment of our WhatsApp chat discussion series focused on exploring remote working.

A few months ago, when the world began to shut down, remote work became the new normal…

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