Technology

Facebook Blocks Posts in Thailand

Facebook Blocks Posts in Thailand

Governance, Internet, social media, Technology
For many people, Facebook is the internet however others who rely on the social network for news and views may not be aware that Facebook isn’t immune to internet censorship itself. Mashable reports that Facebook is geo-censoring posts that may be deemed inappropriate by the Thai government. Facebook confirmed to Mashable that it does work with governments to remove posts and is doing all it can to stay within the confines of local law. Tech Crunch reports that Thailand’s lèse-majesté law prevents criticism of the country’s royal family, and it looks like it is being used to suppress postings from a number of high-profile users who are writing about the transition to a new king, including journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall whose 2014 book on the Thai royal family was banned
Workplace gender diversity: Male allies can support women in technology

Workplace gender diversity: Male allies can support women in technology

Technology, Women
Technology, gender diversity benefits businesses in several ways, including better financial performance and superior team dynamics and productivity in gender-balanced companies. when it comes to gender equality in the technology world, nations haven’t come very far. Having a woman in tech and a man who is actively working to be a better ally is very essential to making progress. Studies report that gender-diverse technology organizations and departments produce work teams that stay on schedule and under budget and demonstrate improved employee performance. According to tech Crunch, Women in tech face some tough odds. A recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission survey of some of the top US tech companies found that on average, just 18 percent hold leadership positions, an
Surge in tech hubs give African startups a place to grow

Surge in tech hubs give African startups a place to grow

Governance, Startups, Technology
Africa’s tech scene is surging. Across the continent, new hubs, labs and co-working environments are giving rise to oases of innovation. These meeting places act as a bridge between technology start-ups, investors and academics, nurturing collaborations. Entrepreneurs experiment together and learn from one another, supported by the hubs’ ICT infrastructure and mentoring programmes. The results – from the ‘crowdmapping’ tool Ushahidi to homebrew solar heaters to a farmers’ cooperative – are strengthening community-led food and energy systems, and could bring new resilience to local economies. Africa is experiencing a perfect storm of young people, maturing education systems, and growing mobile phone services and use. A few noteworthy achievements, including Safaricom's M-Pes
African start-ups to watch in 2017

African start-ups to watch in 2017

Internet, Startups, Technology
Africa is experiencing a perfect storm of young people, maturing education systems & business start ups, and growing mobile phone services and use. Disrupt Africa highlights the most potential startups to watch in 2017 and listed among them is Instabug.  Launched in 2012, Egypt’s Instabug isn’t exactly new to the scene. However, 2016 saw the startup up its game, come out of a four-year beta phase, and make some serious waves. Instabug allows users to offer feedback from within apps to report bugs and issues with the product. Tunisia’s RoamSmart’s solutions launched in 2012 aim to assist mobile operators to manage their roaming businesses more efficiently; helping operators to optimise workflows and monetise existing roaming sources through an automated data reporting and analy
Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant powers up

Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant powers up

Startups, Technology
The energy sector in Kenya is largely dominated by petroleum and electricity, with wood fuel providing the basic energy needs of the rural communities, urban poor, and the informal sector including. An analysis of the national energy shows heavy dependency on wood fuel and other biomass that account for 68% of the total energy consumption (petroleum 22%, electricity 9%, others account for 1%). A commercial farm in Kenya has become Africa’s first electricity producer powered by biogas to sell surplus electricity to the national grid, cutting the carbon emissions associated with oil-powered generation. The Gorge Farm Energy Park in Naivasha produces 2 megawatts (MW) of electricity – more than enough to cultivate its 706 hectares (1,740 acres) of vegetables and flowers, and with