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Diana, a shop assistant in Buziga, Kampala, claims business in phone credit is down 90 per cent since Uganda’s social media tax came in on July 1st. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

In the minutes after midnight last Saturday night, at Kampala’s Big Kafunda bar, patrons began to look confusedly at their phones. “The reception in h(...)

A Sri Lankan Muslim from among the Moor community standing at his business establishment in Pallekelle, Kandy, on Wednesday, after it  had been attacked and looted. Photograph: MA Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Sri Lanka barred social messaging networks including Facebook on Wednesday to stem violence against minority Muslims after mob attacks continued despi(...)

Sometimes when I’m feeling hungover or especially hormonal, I am liable to get weepy and sentimental about, well, just about anything. Elderly people (...)

All but the luckiest first years need to learn how to budget, and fast. Accommodation remains the single biggest cost facing students, and rents are (...)

The Dublin Institute of Technology’s annual cost-of-living guide shows that rent is now the single biggest cost for students living away from home. File photograph: Getty Images

Rising rents and other living costs means the cost of going to college for students living away from home will reach about €11,000 this year, accordin(...)

Perhaps the Cabinet and law enforcement in Ireland are not aware that both WhatsApp and Viber are automatically encrypted. Photograph: Getty Images

The Cabinet’s new legislation allowing for the interception of social media communications has me marvelling that snooping WhatsApp preoccupies this (...)

Legislation approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday and due to be published in the autumn is expected to cover services such as WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook, as well as email service. Photograph: iStockphoto

Proposals to extend Garda powers to allow them intercept social media accounts, text messages and other private messages sent by criminal suspects are(...)

Denis O’Brien wants the web companies to share their revenues with him. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Denis O’Brien has long held a grudge against web companies for allegedly hitching a free ride on the networks of telco operators such as his Digicel, (...)

Within hours of Facebook announcing that it would buy messaging service WhatsApp in a $16 billion deal, some users were already takin(...)

At a certain point, everybody who writes about technology has to attempt to capture a developing trend in a pithy phrase and hope that it enters in(...)