Author: Lynn Wandia

Women and girls join the internet revolution

Women and girls join the internet revolution

Internet
The internet revolution is coming, old news in much of the world but not in Chad, a tech laggard where women languish at the very back of the line when it comes to connectivity. With just 6.5 percent of the population online, the landlocked African nation of Chad has the sixth-lowest rate of internet usage in the world, according to the latest World Bank figures. Women are even more cut off than Chadian men as so few own phones, literacy rates are low, and cultural norms dictate that tech jobs go mostly to men, according to advocates. But since the emergence of a handful of tech hubs, coding classes and start-up accelerators in Ndjamena, women have started breaking into the field - and are now pushing hard to ensure others are not left behind. "Technology is something that will c
Does Kenya have the necessary skills for AI?

Does Kenya have the necessary skills for AI?

Governance, Internet, Technology
The lack of access to free, up-to-date and machine-readable government data stands in the way of Kenya tapping into opportunities brought by artificial intelligence (AI), a Nation Newsplex analysis reveals. The country tops Africa and ranks 52 globally out of 194 countries on the government’s readiness to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) in public services but only manages positions seven in the continent and 78 out of 94 globally in the availability of government data, according to two key reports. The Government Artificial Intelligence Readiness Index 2019 report, by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and Oxford Insights, factors in 11 inputs grouped into four main categories — governance, infrastructure and data, skills and education as well as
Women in Tech remains at a low for 10 years in a row

Women in Tech remains at a low for 10 years in a row

Internet, Technology, Women
Women make up only 16% of IT and tech professionals, a trend that has remained the same for 10 years in a row, according to WISE, the campaign for gender balance in science and engineering. Looking into statistics from the Office of National Statistics, WISE found the number of women in the tech sector has remained stagnant for the past decade, while other parts of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) sector have made progress in growing the number of women in core roles. The number of women in engineering has doubled to 50,000 over the same period, women now make up almost half of people in science roles, and the number of women in management roles within STEM has risen to 14%. “The progress made by these sectors clearly demonstrates that forward-thinking co
Jumia just suspended operations in Tanzania

Jumia just suspended operations in Tanzania

Business, Startups
Reporst indicate that Jumia has suspended operations in another African country, just a few days after word got out that the biggest e-commerce player in Africa, Jumia, had quit its core e-commerce business in Cameroon, the company seems to have continued in that path by abandoning yet another African market. According to a report, it appears Jumia has suspended operations in Tanzania — a market it entered five years ago — in what looks like a continuation of a scaleback on Jumia’s e-commerce operations across Africa. Per a statement supposedly seen by Techawk, Jumia has shut down its operations in Tanzania in order to focus resources on other markets. The statement reads: “Based on our review of the path to success, we have made a difficult decision to cease our operations in Tanza
Facebook usage drops by 26% since 2017

Facebook usage drops by 26% since 2017

Internet, Mobile, social media
The Facebook app has been an extremely popular social media platform for a long time as compared to the other platforms. Facebook claims to have more than 2.3 billion monthly users as of December 2018. Its audiences varies from different age groups from the old to the young. Though as time goes by new social media platforms come up with better features that attract masses. According to research gathered by Active Inc., we have been spending significantly less time on Facebook over the last two years. The study gathered that Americans typically spent approximately 14 hours a month in 2017. However, in 2019 the average usage was 9 hours per month, falling 26%. The survey also revealed that social media users in the U.S. currently belong to approximately 5.8 different social media networks...