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Beats and Rhymes Played an Important Role in Senegalese Politics This Year

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SENEGAL, AFRICA – Hip Hop, Beats and Rhymes have become the language of youth in the politics of Senegal. The campaigns that took place last month, for presidential elections, witnessed a huge involvement of hip hop artists and rap beats. And the reason for that is Demographics.

The average age of Senegal person is around 19 years. And this age group comprises of mostly the rappers. In the last elections of 2012, country’s largest social movement took place. Rappers were among the major founders of this social movement. That is the reason why this year’s election also includes a lot of rappers. All the leading candidates are running their campaigns with at least one rapper by their side.

One of the professors at Vassar College, Zachariah Mampilly, shares, “Many young people turn to hip-hop artists as being kind of the voice of the streets and providing them with a way to think about politics. Especially in the most recent presidential election, the use of rappers was a remarkably cynical attempt by these politicians to gain popularity with youth.”

Hip Hop is being used as a powerful medium to influence the youth. And this kind of power is not just limited to politics.

Journal Rappé, a newscast for people of Senegal, raps the news to the beat. It does not produce any new information. Rather, it picks the news that is already shared on televisions and mix it with a taste of music to reach the youth in an entertaining manner. Initially started out through YouTube, it soon caught the attention of mainstream media, just with its talent to attract wide number of netizens. And that shows how important beats have become to the youth of Senegal.

Jenny is one of the oldest contributors of Bigtime Daily with a unique perspective of the world events. She aims to empower the readers with delivery of apt factual analysis of various news pieces from around the World.

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Russian Lawmakers Plan to Restrict the Email Access Using Telephone Verification

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Russian lawmakers have proposed to make it mandatory for internet users to verify their identity with phone numbers before gaining access to email. The State Duma has already made such a rule that put the same restrictions on the use of all instant messengers. The team of lawmakers led by senators Andrey Klishah and Alexander Bashkin, have also proposed to make it mandatory for email services to block messages containing any information that is banned in Russia. This action needs to take place within 24 hours from the time the state authorities notify of the issue.

The draft law’s explanatory note claims, “The adoption of this legislation will significantly reduce the number of false terrorist messages distributed through email services, create the legal conditions for bringing criminals to justice, and reduce the economic damage from such communications.”

The new email verification law will stop cyber crimes in the country and will provide hassle-free Internet service to Russians. Russia’s RuNet isolation law was also passed earlier this year. Senates Klisha and Bashkin were the co-authors of this law. The legislation is now allowing Russia’s federal authorities to command and take control over Russia’s Internet exchange points with the outside world. Russia can not create an infrastructure with the help of this theoretical law to make the country’s internet operate in isolation from the rest of the world. Russia government’s official censor, Roskomnadzor is authorized for running sustainable and safe internet services in the country.

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