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Internet Shutdowns on the Increase Worldwide

The UNESCO has warned that the number of internet shutdowns is on the increase worldwide. According to data provided by digital rights platform accessnow.org, internet access has been curbed 116 times in 30 countries since January 2016. India is far in the lead with 54 shutdowns, followed by neighboring Pakistan that had 10 digital blackouts. By definition, an

By | 2017-11-08T09:01:32+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Categories: Internet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Internet on Mobile Phones, Free and for All

Mobile network operators partner with Facebook to turn on the Free Basics app and website with zero data charges. A partnership between Facebook, Orange and Airtel, Congolese mobile operators, now enables almost everyone to access certain websites thanks to a simple 50-unit calls and text messages top-up. It’s a real revolution towards free and universal access

By | 2017-10-03T07:56:53+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Categories: SDGs 2030|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fastest Internet in Africa: Kenya tops at 13.7Mbps and the DRC is last at 0.55Mbps broadband

We aren’t particularly known in Africa for our internet connectedness, in fact, as you may already know, we sit behind the rest of the world in this space. But that’s not to say that some countries aren’t striving ahead in connectivity. Today we take an in-depth look at Africa’s most connected countries and some of

By | 2017-09-22T07:48:56+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Internet, Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

15 Important Pros and Cons of Biometric Authentication

Congolese pay a minimum of USD $185 - The DRC's biometric passport is the most expensive in the world. Biometric is a security mechanism used for authentication and providing access to an individual based on verification of one’s physical characteristics which are pre-stored in a biometric security system or scanner. It is the technology used

By | 2017-09-18T07:01:52+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Reviews, Top News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

How Applicable is the Multistakeholder Approach to Internet Governance in Africa?

What is the value for Africans in international Internet Governance processes if the approach towards Internet governance on the continent has not fully embraced the multi-stakeholder model? This was among the concerns heard during debates at the 11th Internet Governance Forum (IGF), as some participants questioned the applicability of the global internet governance agenda to

By | 2017-08-01T10:13:43+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Categories: Internet, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Lessons from Mandela to Eradicate Poverty Globally

Currently, 935 million people globally live in extreme poverty and about 800 million people go hungry. July 18, the day former South African President Nelson Mandela was born, was declared by the UN in 2009 to be the Nelson Mandela International Day for freedom justice and democracy.  This year’s theme is Action against Poverty. So,

By | 2017-08-01T10:41:31+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Categories: SDGs 2030|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

New African Woman Forum 2017: UNESCO Highlights Women in ICTs

On the 13th of April 2017, UNESCO participated in the New African Woman Forum in Dakar in order to highlight the importance of promoting women’s and youth leadership in the technology sector in Africa. Bringing together leaders from business, academia and civil society and key decision makers from the public and private sectors, the aim

By | 2017-08-01T09:40:33+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: Women in ICT|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Cognitive Computing – Spearheading the African Digital Transformation

Cognitive computing ushers in a new enterprise technology paradigm for Africa’s business and government leaders. This comes at a time when rapid urbanisation has increased demand for key services and has opened an opportunity for the continent to leap-frog legacy systems into the future. We are witnessing an environment where every piece of data produced

By | 2017-06-08T07:12:09+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Categories: Reviews, Software|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

The Woman Behind Humanoid Robots that Regulate Traffic in Kinshasa

Thérèse Izay, from Congo-Kinshasa, has developed humanoid robots that regulate traffic in Kinshasa (the capital city). She is an industrial engineer in electronics, and the head of Women's Technology (Wotech), the association that is manufacturing these robots. There are at least 5 of them that are regulating traffic in Kinshasa. The first generation of robots

By | 2017-06-13T06:55:27+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Categories: Hardware, Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Microsoft to Open Soon Its First Two Data Centers in Africa

Microsoft today announced that it will soon open two data center regions for its cloud-based services in Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa. This marks Microsoft’s first data center expansion into Africa, and the plan is to get these new regions online in 2018. Like most of its other data centers around the world, these

By | 2017-05-22T09:35:30+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Categories: Apps, Software|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments