Author: Lynn Wandia

Africa on path to improving energy access

Africa on path to improving energy access

Technology
Time for talk has passed in Africa. The continent is now committed to fast tracking large-scale provision of energy by prioritizing its energy generation and transmission to drive economic growth and job creation. Energy advisors of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) notes that they want to increase people's access to energy and to make the access affordable, secure and reliable. Currently, they are focused on massive infrastructural projects as a faster way to increase access to energy. In January 2016, African heads of state and governments approved the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Energy Vision, setting energy provision as a high priority. At the continental level, African leaders seeks to connect four power pool corridors and eventually ...
Mobile Brand seeks to Transform Rwanda into regional ICT Hub

Mobile Brand seeks to Transform Rwanda into regional ICT Hub

Internet, Technology
Huawei has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Rwanda to open all-round cooperation in the ICT industry. The MoU is intended to assist Rwanda in building Regional Data Centers, National Broadband, Smart Grid and Smart Education among other infrastructures to promote Rwanda to become the regional Technology Hub. Huawei also donated a Smart Education Demonstration to the Rwandan government to help promote the smart education development process. As part of its CSR efforts in Rwanda, Huawei will roll out its global CSR flagship Program Seeds for the Future in Rwanda to cultivate more localtechnology talent. “Huawei is a leading International ICT company. Rwanda attaches great importance to the impetus from ICT industry to the economic and social development. I expe
Internet user gender gap widens to 12% in 2016

Internet user gender gap widens to 12% in 2016

Internet, Women
Despite worldwide endeavours, the global Internet user gender gap widened from 11% in 2013 to 12% in 2016, with the gap highest in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (31%) and Africa (23%). Moreover, Internet penetration rates remain higher for men than women in all regions of the world. This is according to a report from The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development's Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide, co-chaired by the GSMA and UNESCO. The report also sets recommendations to address the barriers women face in access and use of the internet. The report highlights key action areas for different types of stakeholders as part of the group's efforts to ensure that all women and girls can fully participate in the online world. Structural inequalities remain and impede women’s
How companies can stay ahead of the cybersecurity curve

How companies can stay ahead of the cybersecurity curve

Cyber Security
While the tech world is abuzz with talk of intelligent (IoT) devices that are supposed to revolutionize homes, another IoT revolution is underway in the workplace. Companies are turning to connected devices to improve day-to-day business functions but they have little choice but to embrace the technology that has become as ubiquitous as it is indispensable to life in 2017. As companies interact with technology of all sorts, they should expect some security safeguards expect from the companies building the Internet of Everything. Cyberattacks can interrupt business operations, hurting companies’ bottom lines, and can infringe upon the privacy and other human rights of consumers and the general public. Right now, there isn’t much regulation around companies’ cybersecurity practices.
Old whatsapp status makes a return on the app

Old whatsapp status makes a return on the app

social media, Technology
In mid-February, WhatsApp removed the feature that let you set an away message, and then gave the Status name to a Snapchat Stories clone. The old text status was done away with making way to a new video/image like status, Snapchat kind of stories feature, which disappears within 24 hours. The company had hoped that the new image/video stories would serve a similar function as the text-based statuses. The company has confirmed that it will bring back its old text status message feature after facing a backlash from its users. Some people preferred to keep informative status about what they were up to or what was in their minds that probably would go for a longer duration but the new feature only allows for a status to go for a day only, that is 24 hours. More so, some people prefer...