Google Hires Policy Manager for Africa

Ory Okolloh to expand Google's policy in Africa.


Ory Okolloh, co-founder of Ushahidi, a crisis-mapping website in Kenya, has been hired as Google's policy manager for Africa. Her job will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa. If you're on Twitter, you may know Okolloh as @kenyanpundit.

From her website: The role will involve developing policy/strategies on a number of areas of relevance to Google and the Internet in Africa and will involve working with different parties including government leaders, policy makers, regulators, industry groups and so on. It is a huge opportunity to bring Google’s resources to bear as far as the growth and development of the internet in Africa.

Below is a video of her speech at a TED talk in 2008 on her life and the making of an African activist:

Read more about Okolloh's new gig at Black Web 2.0.

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