Twitter is going forward taking extra steps to remove tweets that put people at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus as it rapidly sweeps through communities around the globe. On Wednesday, Twitter updated its safety policy to prohibit tweets that “could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19.” The new policy bans tweets denying expert guidance on the virus, encouraging “fake or ineffective treatments, preventions and diagnostic techniques” as well as tweets that mislead users by pretending to be from health authorities or experts. Twitter says Protecting the conversation The power of a uniquely open service during a public health emergency is clear. The speed and borderless nature of Twitter presents an extraordinary opportunity to get the word out and ensure pe
May is traditionally a month of big developer conferences, with Facebook F8, Google I/O and Microsoft Build often happening within the same two-week period. But not this year. After F8 and I/O were already canceled in favor of online events, Microsoft is now unsurprisingly following suit, too. Microsoft’s Build developer conference is the latest tech event to be affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The software giant was planning on holding its annual developer conference in Seattle from May 19th to May 21st, but Microsoft has decided to make it a “digital event.” “The safety of our community is a top priority. In light of the health safety recommendations for Washington State, we will deliver our annual Microsoft Build event for developers as a digital event, in lieu of an in-p
DigiFarm, Safaricom's agritech platform, has won the Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets in this year’s Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO). The mobile innovation which was created through a partnership with mobile solutions provider, Mezzanine, offers an easy-to-use, text-based service to Kenya’s smallholder farmers on best farming practice, all from a 2G enabled mobile phone. Farmers register on the platform and record details about the size of their farms and the nature of their farming activities. This information is then used to ensure that farmers receive support relevant to their specific farming activities. Once registered on the platform, farmers have access via mobile phone to a host of agricultural and financial services that the ecosystem offers. Speaking
The Mastercard Foundation has selected 12 fellows for its inaugural EdTech challenge that will benefit from the Centre's support to expand their operations and improve secondary teaching and learning across the continent. Firms selected include Rwanda's O'Genius Priority, iCog Labs from Ethiopia, M-Shule, Kytabu Limited and Litemore from Kenya. Others are Chalkboard Education from Ghana, HITCH from Nigeria, Siyavula Education and Instill Education from South Africa. The Fellows were selected after Africa-wide proposal requests late last year where innovators were invited to submit proposals that either minimise out-of-classroom time for teachers or create and deliver enriched learning content that improves quality and relevance for secondary school learners. Head of the M...
Absa, the new name for Barclays Bank of Botswana, has combined both its name change and the introduction of an innovative vertical card to make a grand entry into the local banking scene. The 10th of February marked the birth of a new dispensation for the oldest bank in the country. Before the bank brought down its old Barclays Bank flag and hoisting the new Absa emblem, the MD of the bank Ms. Keabetswe Pheko-Moshagane took time to introduce journalists to their new offering: the vertical card. “We are unveiling the latest in card technology – the vertical debit and credit cards - which will allow our customers to transact more conveniently as well as offer them a wide range of benefits including earning discounts with various rewards partners for all transactions in shopping outlets