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Why Kenyans Rely On Mobile money Services

Why Kenyans Rely On Mobile money Services

Mobile
PAYING for a taxi ride using your mobile phone is easier in Nairobi than it is in New York, thanks to Kenya’s world-leading mobile-money system, M-PESA. Launched in 2007 by Safaricom, the country’s largest mobile-network operator, it is now used by over 17m Kenyans, equivalent to more than two-thirds of the adult population; around 25% of the country’s gross national product flows through it. M-PESA lets people transfer cash using their phones, and is by far the most successful scheme of its type on earth. Why does Kenya lead the world in mobile money? Before we look into the intricacies of this question, it is apparent that the Kenyan economy is deeply integrated with Mpesa services and in extension, our lives in general. In order to assess the depth of this dependence, there is need t
Reactions and new camera effects are coming to Facebook Lite

Reactions and new camera effects are coming to Facebook Lite

social media
You probably know Facebook Lite, which is a stripped version of the official Facebook app which is targeted for those individuals that need to have the core Facebook experience while using less data. Since Facebook Lite is a stripped version of the bloated Facebook app, there are features that you enjoy on the latter that you don’t get on the former and one of them was Reactions. Well, you can scrap that from the list of features that you don’t get on Facebook Lite as Facebook has updated it with Reactions. The social networking giant today introduced new features from the original Facebook app to Facebook Lite, according to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. These include India-specific camera effects and the Reactions feature. The plans were originally announced at A Place to Connect, a
ITU #GirlsinICT: Miss.Africa expands horizons to Increase number of African Girls in ICT

ITU #GirlsinICT: Miss.Africa expands horizons to Increase number of African Girls in ICT

Women
Technology sector and the internet can be a great enabler for girls in Africa. However, with the rapid developments in technology, the digital gender divide remains unnoticed as it widens. Changing perceptions and attitudes of every one around the globe is an important part of achieving gender equality in technology. The Miss.Africa, a gender-focused initiative targeted mainly at female youth audiences in Africa to increase early technology use and adoption, is actively getting involved to address this digital divide. The program has run several initiatives in Africa to equip girls and women with digital skills that enables them survive in the technology sector. As part of its activities, Miss.Africa supports initiatives that encourage women in technology with an annual seed fund progra...
Kenya worst hit in East Africa by cyber crime

Kenya worst hit in East Africa by cyber crime

Cyber Security
Cyber crime has been dubbed “burglary for the 21st Century”  around the globe. But the scale of the crimes which can now be committed means millions of finances can now be stolen at the touch of a button. In East Africa, Kenya recorded the highest losses, $171 million, to cyber criminals. Banks have become the leading target of cybercrime as people increasingly adopt the use of financial technology. According to Serianu’s Cybersecurity Report 2016, African countries lost at least $2 billion in cyberattacks in 2016. Tanzania lost $85 million while Ugandan companies lost $35 million. Over one-third of organisations that experienced a breach in 2016 reported substantial customer, opportunity and revenue loss of more than 20 percent, this according to Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report.
Kenya ICT Ministry urging massive investment in cyber security

Kenya ICT Ministry urging massive investment in cyber security

Cyber Security
Amid calls for regional harmonisation of cyber-crime laws, the government of Kenya is proceeding with the passage of a bill to address the growing problem of cyber-crime. The Kenya government is set to pass the Computer and Cybercrime Bill into law after its approval by cabinet as east African countries push for regional harmonization of cyber-crime laws. The bill is set to be tabled in parliament for debate and then go to a vote within the next few weeks. After that, it is expected to be signed by the president before the end of the year. According to the Kenya's ICT cabinet secretary, the Computer and Cybercrime Bill 2016 will target illegal access, online fraud, money laundering, phishing, cyber-stalking and child abuse, among other things. Cyber-criminals can only be guarded again...