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Telkom to roll out free Wi-Fi in 290 constituencies

Telkom to roll out free Wi-Fi in 290 constituencies

Internet, Technology
Telkom Kenya Limited has announced that it will be rolling out free Wi-Fi through government funded Constituency Incubation Hubs in 290 constituencies across the country. This initiative, a partnership of the Ministry of ICT and the National Constituency Development Fund (NCDF), will see Telkom Kenya install 1,160 Constituency Incubation Hubs, 4 per constituency, which will be equipped with 40 tablet devices, per incubation hub. Managing Director of the Enterprise Division at Telkom Kenya, Kris Senanu says the Hubs are aimed at benefiting youth entrepreneurs by way of helping them develop their ICT skills and applications. “We are excited about the roll-out of this new government project. As a strategic partner to the Kenya government’s national ICT agenda, Telkom Kenya is able to

Why Uber is under attack.

Startups, Technology
The San Francisco based ride service Uber has experienced explosive growth since its founding in 2009 and the growing popularity of the service has prompted a backlash from taxi organizations in many its operating regions across the globe. The company which is valued at over $60 billion has been suffering a barrage of attacks and criticisms about its modus operandi. From accusations of blatantly flouting laws governing taxis, to benefitting from allegedly stolen data, Uber’s executives and legal team are bracing themselves for a tough time ahead. TechMoran reports that several factors have led the taxi hailing company straight to war. The prejudiced corporate culture in the organization is the first threat towards the company success. Susan Fowler, a reliability engineer at Uber

Kenyan University takes lead in innovation, to make Kenya tech hub

Technology
In Kenya, innovation and entrepreneurship are intertwined. Nairobi has become the tech hub of Africa, a niche that could be worth more than a billion dollars in the next few years. The ICT sector aswell is set to contribute up to 8% of the country’s GDP by 2017, according to the Kenya ICT Authority’s ICT Masterplan. Daily Nation reports that Kenya will soon be a technological hub following University of Nairobi’s move to support development of new innovations. The chancellor has identified specific projects and programmes that are aligned to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further, the university has also started the Bicycle Sharing initiative that will transform urban mobility and reduce over-reliance on motorised transport. The university has a 10-years-trategic plan on in
Is cyberspace the latest conflict frontier on the African continent?

Is cyberspace the latest conflict frontier on the African continent?

Cyber Security
The use of cyberspace poses risks to the African continent in the 21st Century. In August 2012, terrorist group, Boko Haram, reportedly hacked into Nigeria’s secret service and acquired private data on current and former personnel. In April 2016, a group calling itself “Anonymous” was able to hack into the database of the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and steal sensitive data. More recently, a number of South African companies’ systems were infiltrated by cyberattackers and data held for ransom. The firms included Johnny Bags food manufacturers, DSV Global and Gebers & Partners. As a matter of practice, sensitive information is often stored in computer systems. Once the data is not securely protected, it can be stolen and be used adversely. If the computer systems are connecte

Silicon Valley tech executives conduct social experiment in Kenya

Technology
The integration of technology into everyday life is continually on the rise. As technology continues to replace human employees, questions over the possibility of unemployment and how people will maintain some sort of income and livelihood are becoming ever more relevant. Faced with tackling this problem, executives of technology businesses in Silicon Valley are using Kenya as a testing ground for possible solutions to this problem. The village these executives selected represents an extreme situation of poverty. Even compared to the rest of Kenya, the village of Aswan Abagi is poor. The village faces a host of difficulties that contribute to its continued state of poverty. The charity GiveDirectly will begin giving people in 200 villages free sums of money, no strings attached. The char...