Governance

Impact of digital technology on Africa’s ecosystem to take centre stage at the Economist’s Innovation summit in Nairobi

Impact of digital technology on Africa’s ecosystem to take centre stage at the Economist’s Innovation summit in Nairobi

Governance, Technology
The role played by digital technology in the development of Africa’s economy will take centre stage at the Innovation Summit Africa set for Nairobi on March 6th. The event, hosted by The Economist Events, will bring together players and stakeholders in Africa’s digital space including Nailab chief executive officer Sam Gichuru, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) secretary- general Sindiso Ngwenya and Bidhaa Sasa founder David Disch. The meeting, whose theme is ‘Digital Transformation for Accelerated Growth,’ seeks to explain the current gaps in Africa’s development, particularly in key areas such as finance and telecommunications, and explore how the continent can use digital technologies to reshape its businesses and societies. “The Innovation Summit will lo
Solar Project Brings Relief to Malawi Health Facilities

Solar Project Brings Relief to Malawi Health Facilities

Broadband, Governance
As part of its ongoing commitment to developing the healthcare infrastructure in Malawi, the country’s Ministry of Health, through the Global Fund Project Implementation Unit (PIU), has embarked on a $3,7-million project to install solar energy at 85 health facilities nationwide. In an interview with Malawi’s The Nation newspaper, the Ministry of Health’s Chief of Health Services, Dr Charles Mwansambo, said that the initiative aims to ensure seamless delivery of healthcare services in the face of prolonged power outages the country is currently experiencing. “Our Global Fund grant ends on December 31st this year, and we are grateful that we could use part of it for this initiative,” he said. “The goal is to prioritise saving lives and curbing power disruptions, especially in key hospit
Nigeria to spend N25.5b on hi-tech surveillance equipment

Nigeria to spend N25.5b on hi-tech surveillance equipment

Governance, Technology
President Muhammadu Buhari has proposed to spend N25.5 billion on hi-tech gadgets to achieve surveillance activities across Nigeria next year, according to the details of the 2018 Appropriation Bill he transmitted to parliament. Since the country is not immuned to ongoing cyber warfare, the country will boost its security apparatus with hi-tech surveillance equipment. To achieve this, the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) plans to purchase a social media mining suite for N2,213,456,360. The DSS also plans to spend N1,003,750,000 next year for what it calls the WOLVERME next generation SDRIMSI. Experts say these are professional equipment that give details about global system for mobile communication (GSM) interceptors, satellite interception, Cellular Tracking and Tr...
The Internet trends have drastically changed since first invention

The Internet trends have drastically changed since first invention

Governance, Internet
What began in a handful of computer science laboratories more than three decades ago morphed in the 1990s into the world-changing technology that dominates many aspects of our lives, from work to friendships. So, would you recognize the internet of the early 80s? In 1983, the world wide web was in its infancy, but many of the core technologies that provide the building blocks for today’s internet were already in place. In an article for the World Economic Forum, Max Galka, CEO of FOIA Mapper, says the technological concepts pioneered in 1983 by Vinton Cerf, dubbed the “father of the internet”, gave rise to the modern web. At the time, the connectivity was made up of only a few hundred government and research organizations. Since then, connecti
70% of consumers doubt companies protect their personal data

70% of consumers doubt companies protect their personal data

Business, Cyber Security, Governance
Consumers firmly put responsibility for protecting their personal data firmly at the hands of the organizations holding their data – and not themselves. According to Gallup, When it comes to keeping their personal information secure, consumers have much more trust in certain businesses than they do others. About nine in 10 consumers (91%) have a some trust in their primary bank in keeping their personal data safe. Trust in bricks-and-mortar retailers (69%), health insurance companies (68%) and credit card companies (66%) lag behind banks considerably, as does trust in email providers and cellphone platforms (63%). However, according to Gemalto report, the world leader in digital security, today , 70% of the responsibility for protecting and securing customer data lies with compani