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The book “Technology for Ministry: Best Practices for Evangelization on Social Media and the Internet in Africa” is now available both in hard copy and Ebook version and can be obtained online on Amazon here

Book Brief:

With the rise of citizen journalism, the blogosphere and the social media, anyone can write and publish on the Internet. This raises the question of information quality. Religious information is one of many victims of online misinformation. In a time of information overload, how do you distinguish what is quality and credible information and what is not? How do you distinguish real news from news designed to mislead? How do you identify or verify credible sources online? This book answers these questions and provides a how-to guide for clergy, religious and lay faithful on the best ways to assess and identify quality and credible information from online resources. It provides suggestions from a professional and religious perspective on how to engage in the decent use of the social media. While the title of the book focuses attention on the African audience, the book itself is written with a global perspective, especially to benefit people of faith worldwide who are interested in the decent use of the tools of the new technology to interact, to learn, to teach and to find credible information.

About the Author

Rev. Father Jacob Zenom Dankasa, Ph.D., is a Catholic priest ordained in 2004 for the Catholic diocese of Kafanchan, Nigeria. He has served as diocesan director of communications and diocesan chancellor for the diocese of Kafanchan. He has worked in pastoral roles in parishes both in the diocese of Kafanchan and the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, USA. In addition to bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology, he holds a master’s degree in mass communication from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, USA, with concentration in new media convergence, public relations, and global media. He earned a doctorate in Information Science from the University of North Texas, USA, with specialization in human information and communication behavior, and information theory and designs. His research interests include new media in organization; information behavior; social/community informatics; and usability/user experience in information systems. He has conducted research on the information seeking behaviour of the clergy, the use of new media and mobile technology for learning and for evangelization, and online social networking in faith communities. He has published several scholarly research papers in top international peer-reviewed journals on topics of information, communications, technology and the use of social media.

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The scenario of ‘no electricity’ is not new to me. In fact, I have endured more than a day of blackout. For those of us who come from countries that power supply is not stable this has been a misery experience. I travelled to my country, Nigeria in spring this year. I had to charge my phone in the car sometimes because that is a better source of power for me. I have to stay off my favorite TV shows, and fold my laptop when the battery goes down, only to wait for hours, perhaps, power may come back. On the alternative, spend some money on powering a generator machine to get some light. It is quite an unpleasant experience!
I had to contend with no Internet for days and sometimes have to go to the cyber café to connect to the Internet. This was miserable for the fact that I like surfing the web, checking my emails or connecting to my social networking forum on the go. Although the mobile phone service providers are making tremendous progress in making Internet service available to subscribers, the Internet connections are still super slow, and getting something better comes with a price. However, I must say though that the provision of Internet by service providers is getting better, but the electricity supply is still epileptic. Therefore, I had to get alternative means of electricity or stay in Blackout several hours. The popular means of connection to some form of limited Internet is through the cell phones, but I cannot get the serious stuff, such as my class work, done with this limited connection. The technology connection is only one little piece of a large pie of the inconvenience that lack of electricity brings.
I wish we had fall break!