Opera Mini 50 launches with major update and fully revamped design of Opera Mini

Opera has launched Opera Mini 50, a small, fast and powerful browser that comes with unique features such as data compression technology, a download manager with offline file-sharing capabilities, and a built-in ad-blocker. Over 15 years, Opera Mini has provided people with a better browsing experience. Now, with version 50, Opera has fully revamped its …

Google Launches a $1 Million Pan-African Grant for safe internet use

Google on Tuesday announced the launch of a $1 million pan-African Google.org safe internet fund to support innovative ideas around privacy, trust and the safety of children, young people, and families online across sub-Saharan Africa. The grant is intended to support training by non-profit and social enterprises focusing on privacy, trust and safe internet in …

Safaricom seeking to monetise customer location data in its massive customer base

According to a local daily, Safaricom is seeking to pre-qualify suppliers of a location tracking and intelligence platform, and has invited bids for the service that would help the operator to build profiles of customers based on their locations and telephone usage. This could be signalling the telecoms firm’s plan to monetise data in its …

ECOWAS Block, West Africa to scrap roaming charges from January 2020

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says its citizens travelling within the sub-region will from January 2020 pay no roaming charges, following the implementation of the ECOWAS Roaming Initiative, reports Ghanaweb. The initiative is aimed at creating an enabling environment for the international mobile roaming market to ensure affordable access to roaming services …

South Africa’s surveillance act RICA unconstitutional, inconsistent finds Court

The South Gauteng High Court has found that parts of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information (RICA) Act are unconstitutional. In April 2017, media group amaBhungane filed an application in the High Court challenging the constitutionality of the act. This, after it emerged that journalist Sam Sole’s communications were intercepted …

Study: How Social Media Shed Light on Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

Over the past two years conflict has escalated in North West and South West Cameroon. Cameroon is a bilingual country (English and French) and these two regions are the country’s English-speaking areas. The conflict started when lawyers and teachers held strikes over the increasing use of French in English courts and schools. Since then, what …

AFRINIC CEO Alan Barrett steps down

Alan Barrett will be leaving his role as AFRINIC chief executive officer on 26 July 2019, the organisation has announced. “I have taken the difficult decision to leave AFRINIC, after four years as CEO. I have been both proud to serve the African community, and humble to realise how small my own contributions have been,” …

ZADNA suspends its CEO Vika Mpisane

The CEO of the .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA), Vika Mpisane, has been suspended. ZADNA is a not-for-profit organisation that manages and regulates the .ZA namespace, including domains like co.za, net.za, org.za, and web.za. Motlatjo Ralefatane, the chairperson of ZADNA’s board, confirmed the suspension of the CEO. Reports MyBroadband ZA Sources have stated there are …