3 African initiatives win 7000USD from the 2015 Miss.Africa Seed Fund

Three African girls and women STEM initiatives have won a total of 7,000 United States Dollars from the inaugural Miss.Africa Seed Fund from the Miss. Africa Initiative, a pan-african trust program of DotConnectAfrica (DCA).   Over 90 applicants from more than 18 Countries in Africa across the African continent applied for the Fund. Among the …

Occupy NetMundial – Internet Social Forum to Torpedo NETmundial Initiative and Disrupt Davos Discussions

A new initiative is angling to torpedo the NetMundial Initiative. Philip Corwin brings into light the issues of the new initiative Internet Social Forum, you can read about it here   Now, in the same week that global political and business leaders as well as prominent glitterati are meeting at the Davos event, a collection …

Netflix-Comcast Deal Threatens Internet Innovation

There is nothing wrong with the Netflix-Comcast deal. It’s no violation of net neutrality. But it illustrates the fragile nature of innovation on the Internet, and it’s a problem that only government regulation can solve.   Comcast customers who also subscribe to Netflix should applaud a deal between the two companies reported this weekend, wherein …

The Asymmetrics, the WEF, ICANN, Brazil, and the ‘Little Red Book’ of Multistakeholderism

Few weeks ago, candid minds did wonder whether Brazil would challenge the asymmetric US governance over Internet, or be fooled by the ‘Asymmetrics‘, or even accept to be fooled for other ‘good’ reasons, since president Dilma Rousseff called for a rebalancing of Internet power structure and a full stop to US global surveillance and spying …

AfDB Launches Open Data Platforms for 20 African Countries

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched Open Data Platforms for the following 20 African countries: Algeria, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Open Data Platform program is part of the AfDB’s …

Mobile voice calls rise after 2year slump

The number of mobile voice calls and call durations increased for the first time between July and September last year, after nearly two years of consistent decline. Latest data from the Communication Commission of Kenya shows a 10.5 per cent increase in voice traffic amounting to a total of seven billion minutes up from 6.3 …

Google looks to ditch passwords for good with NFC-based replacement

Google engineers are testing new tools that could replace passwords as the primary way of authenticating identity on the web. Google is currently running a pilot that uses a YubiKey cryptographic card developed by Yubico — a start-up operated out of Sweden and the US, which has produced a two-factor authentication fob that can emit encrypted …