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Shaping citizen’s freedom of social media interaction in Tanzania: The role of city policy experts in digital policy-making

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Digital communication, especially social media interaction, has emerged as a key domain for civic debates specifically in urban areas of Tanzania. However, how policy-makers perceive these as opportunities for societal development is rarely assessed in research. This study will fill this gap through semi-structured interviews with policy-makers in Dar es Salaam and focus on assessing their perception of the role of social media in digital policy-making in society. Based on the study results, we suggest a new strategic approach for policy collaboration across African regions for building sustained policy capacity and to enable resilient public spheres as a core component of societal development in digital Africa.

Keywords: collaborative policy-making; digital communication; digital policy; media freedom; policy-makers; social media

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: 0000000403674967College of Business Education (CBE) 2: 000000012179088XUniversity of Melbourne

Publication date: March 1, 2021

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