Former Kenya ICT Ministry’s Bitange Ndemo and current adviser to ICANN indicted over Lucrative Konza Land deal

Business, Internet
The Kenyan Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has put high profile personalities in Kenya, including former permanent secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications Dr Bitange Ndemo, of misconduct in connection to the sale of the Malili Ranch site for the Konza Technopolis. Dr. Bitange Ndemo is a Senior lecturer at University of Nairobi and is also involved in several internet governance forums and panels including ICANN. He is a Honorary Chair of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) and an Advisor to the Better than Cash Alliance, a global initiative to digitize payments. Sh1 billion Malili ranch scandal The Police want Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, former PS. Bitange Ndemo and Law Society of Kenya chairman Eric Mutua charged with fraud and ...

GOtv and StarTimes sued after Kenyans cut off from three local free-to-air channels

Business, Internet
Business Daily Africa: The Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) has sued two digital TV service providers seeking compensation for thousands of Kenyans cut off from three local free-to-air channels (FTAs). In a case filed at the Milimani Courts Tuesday, Cofek claims that GOtv and StarTimes sold set-top boxes to Kenyans on the promise that they would air FTAs, but they had since been pulled off the air following a Court of Appeal ruling. The Appeals court ruled that carrying FTA channel signals without the consent of the owners infringed on the intellectual properties of the three petitioners—namely NTV, Citizen and KTN—whose signals GoTv and StarTimes have stopped relaying. But the consumer lobby argues that the pay-TV firms had failed to strike an agreem

Kenya: Advertising standards committee rules that Orange Ad. against Safaricom be withdrawn

Business, Mobile, social media
CIO East Africa: The Advertising Standards Committee (ASC) has ruled that a controversial advert run by Orange from earlier this year be withdrawn from the mediums on which it has been running. In its ruling, the ASC states that the commercial which has been running on all platforms – print; online and broadcast - is misleading as it failed to mention that the other network – in this case Safaricom – had a price point of Kshs 2 during off-peak hours. The case was lodged at the ASC by Scanad on behalf of Safaricom on January 28 this year regarding the “Do You Know” campaign which is part of the Tujuane tariff while Orange was represented by Ad Agency, Acess Leo Burnett and Annette J Martyres. “The ad was disparaging because it suggested that Safaricom was the more expensive network. Th

Kenya and 8 other Sub-Saharan countries in Africa boast of more mobile money accounts than bank accounts

Business, Mobile
Reports by IPC Weekly Datashots - Highlights which speak to the incredible growth which is happening in Africa today, as well as the potential for future growth. As of June 2013, 98 million (48%) of the 203 million registered mobile money accounts globally were in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) - East Africa holding the lion's share of SSA’s total and accounting for 34% of the global total. In addition, 9 African countries including Kenya, Tanzania and Cameroon have more mobile money accounts than bank accounts - championing financial inclusion by providing financial services to more people than traditional banks have been able to reach. As of the end of 2013, there were 219 mobile money services globally (233 as of April 2014) and SSA is home to 52% of them. At the top of mobile money pro
Why We Fear Google; Mathias Döpfner’s Open Letter To Eric Schmidt

Why We Fear Google; Mathias Döpfner’s Open Letter To Eric Schmidt

Business, Cyber Security, Governance, Mobile, social media
Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the largest media group in Germany, has published an open letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt outlining all the reasons for the public to distrust the company. Döpfner’s explanation paints a picture of the innovation and technological progress that the internet giant has achieved that is very different from the usual news stories. The letter, which appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine, directly addresses the anti-trust suite Google is facing in Europe. It goes on to point out how the kind of dominance held by Google over the search engine industry leads to what he believes to be a form of extortion. “As “compensation,” however, a new advertising window will be set up at the beginning of the search list, in which those companies who are discriminated against wi