African governments have increased user data requests from Facebook, Google, and Twitter

African governments have increased user data requests from Facebook, Google, and Twitter

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has conducted a research that has revealed increased requests of user data from global tech companies by African Governments. CIPESA analyzed request information from transparency reports published by some of the world’s largest tech companies. The resulting report found out that social media user information requests from African governments have accelerated between 2013 and 2016. There’s a “growing trend” in Africa for such…

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Kenyan Elections Cost Safaricom’s M-Pesa a 4 Million USD loss

Kenyan Elections Cost Safaricom’s M-Pesa a 4 Million USD loss

Kenyans held elections on August 2017 and due to the uncertainties projected from previos violence affected elections, many businesses faced a slow down. Especially during the days following the elections date. Bob Collymore has told Reuters that the Kenya’s leading telecoms operator, Safaricom, suffered an estimated $3-4 million in lost revenue from its M-Pesa money transfer business. The slow down was attributed to the post elections amounting to two weeks. Safaricom, which is 35 percent…

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GSMA says shared infrastructure inhibits effective competition

GSMA says shared infrastructure inhibits effective competition

The GSMA has released the findings of a new report, “Wholesale Open Access Networks”, which examines the performance of the wholesale open access network (WOAN) model (also known as single wholesale network or SWN) in five markets around the world: Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda and South Africa. The report follows up on a 2014 study that assessed the potential economic case for implementing the wholesale network model, found that, in the countries examined, there was…

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Why Sarahah the anonymous feedback app is trending

Why Sarahah the anonymous feedback app is trending

In the past week or so, you might have stumbled upon the #Sarahah. The app which actually launched a few months ago, has grown fast Egypt and Saudi Arabia, according to a BBC report. The app has however become a trending hit in India, it is now the No. 1 app in the iOS App Store. The Sarahah app is been designed to allow users send and receive  anonymous feedback from others. The app developers…

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Ushahidi announces platform to monitor Kenya’s General Election

Ushahidi announces platform to monitor Kenya’s General Election

 Ushahidi a crowdsourcing technology company has in partnership with InfoNET and The Constitution & Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) announced a platform to monitor Kenya’s General Election on August 8, 2017. The platform is tagged “Linda Kura Yako,” (“Protect your vote’) The company said in a press statement on their website, that the hope is that the Kenyan Elections will be peaceful, but if there is any irregularities the 700+ Uchaguzi observers, general public and trained…

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Facebook Kills AI Robot because it ‘invented its own language’

Facebook Kills AI Robot because it ‘invented its own language’

Facebook has reportedly killed an AI they invented after it taught itself a new language. The artificial intelligence system being developed at Facebook created its own language an dwould probably have been unpredictable. It developed a system of code words to make communication more efficient. Researchers shut the system down when they realized the AI was no longer using English.  According to Metro UK, the researchers noticed that Artificial Intelligence they had created has started…

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FBI Warns Parents about Smart Toys spying on their kids

FBI Warns Parents about Smart Toys spying on their kids

The US FBI has released a public service announcement (PSA) warning alerting parents to the potential dangers of smart toys. Recent reports indicate that smart toys are spying on children and could post a big danger to privacy. FBI thus encourages consumers to consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive, internet-connected toys into their homes or trusted environments. In some cases, toys with microphones could record and collect conversations within earshot of the device. Information…

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Ushahidi Director Daudi Were fired amidst sexual harassment scandal

Ushahidi Director Daudi Were fired amidst sexual harassment scandal

A story that has been trending like a roller coaster has finally come to an end with the Ushahidi Board finally dismissing Executive Director, Daudi Were. Nat Manning, who has been Ushahidi Chief Operations Officer, will now stand in as interim Executive Director. The Ushahidi board who may have been forced to a corner due to the public outry of their sluggish handling of the sexual harassment of a staff member called Angela have taken…

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Largest dark web markets Hansa & AlphaBay shut down

Largest dark web markets Hansa & AlphaBay shut down

Two of the three largest dark web markets have been shut down by the US Department of Justice and Europol. The two authorities announced Thursday that AlphaBay and Hansa the worlds biggest dark web marketplaces that served thousands of customers trading illegal goods online have been taken down. AlphaBay had over 200,000 customers and more than 40,000 sellers peddling illegal goods. The website had 100,000 listings for sale at the time of the governments take down….

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Kenya to start using digital driving licenses, NTSA

Kenya to start using digital driving licenses, NTSA

Early this year, the National Transport and Safety Authority of Kenya announced a proposal to launch a smart driving licenses. The move was made primarily to improve motorist safety on the roads. NTSA in March signed a Sh2.1 billion contract with the National Bank of Kenya for the manufacture and formulation of the smart licenses aimed at revolutionizing enforcement of traffic laws. According to Dr Wangila National Bank is working with Vienna-based digital payment solutions…

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