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Women in Tech: Ushahidi confirms sexual harassment claims, taking its time to investigate

Women in Tech: Ushahidi confirms sexual harassment claims, taking its time to investigate

Women
The tech industry has long suffered a gender imbalance, with companies such as Google and Facebook acknowledging how few women were in their ranks. In Kenya, Ushahidi firm faces the same issues of sexual harrasment. The firm says it’s fully aware of the alleged sexual harassment claim and is investigating the matter to make sure both parties are heard and then action will be taken. However, one of the victims says the tone of the statement shows why it has taken the board years to do anything about it and the accused is still in office representing the company. According to Tech Moran,  "The Ushahidi Board is fully aware of an alleged sexual harassment claim lodged by an employee (who has since chosen to leave the company), against one of our senior employees and has prioritised a
Somalia internet loss ‘major disaster’

Somalia internet loss ‘major disaster’

Uncategorized
Somalia’s government says an ongoing internet outage that affects southern Somalia, and was caused by damage to an undersea fibre-optic cable more than two weeks ago is costing the country $10m (£7.7m) each day. The post and telecommunications minister, Abdi Anshur Hassan, told a press conference Saturday that Somalia has lost more than $130 million so far. The loss of internet service has sparked anger across Somalia and affected the central and southern parts of the country including the capital, Mogadishu. Officials and internet providers have attributed the problem to a commercial ship that they said cut an undersea cable. Following the damage to Fibre-Optic connection, communication companies resorted to the satellite to access the Internet. However, the remedy was weak and unable
Creating the African Bill Gates with Digital Innovation

Creating the African Bill Gates with Digital Innovation

Startups, Technology
Sub-Saharan Africa has a youthful population, with 70% of it under the age of 30. However, unemployment is high amongst the youth. The African nations believe that addressing the digital and economic challenges could be done through the strengthening of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education on the continent. This will help prepare the continent’s young generation for ‘future jobs,’ and to fully leverage opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This will help prepare the continent’s young generation for ‘future jobs,’ and to fully leverage opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Several non-government organizations, governments, and companies are playing their part in making sure that the AU’s Agenda 2063, popularl
Africa is a Source for Top Tech Talent – McKinsey & Company Report

Africa is a Source for Top Tech Talent – McKinsey & Company Report

Internet, Mobile
Technology is fast growing in Africa and so is tech talent. The continent is experiencing trans-formative impact as a result of technology. From rural Ghana where low income earners are able to buy insurance policies through their mobile phones to the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, where residents are able to send and receive money through their mobile phones, technology has become the order of the day in the continent. Most innovations in the continent stem from the extreme need that exists to find immediate sustainable solutions for critical problems the continent has been facing. Every day, there is a new technology being launched in the various regions of the continent as part of a solution to an existing problem or challenge facing the community. Young innovators are popping up w...
Reaching the mobile tipping point

Reaching the mobile tipping point

Mobile
Mobile has transformed how we shop, socialize, research, work, and connect with today’s world. In this age of mobile connectivity, marketers are fully aware that they must think mobile or get left behind.  While this has been an increasing focus for some time now, many marketers are not prepared.  Our lives have become, in many ways, a ‘mobile experience’. We’ve become inseparable from, dependent on and emotionally attached to our devices to the extent that we feel lost without them. Whether for social media, banking, business tasks, buying and selling products, or for identification purposes, mobile devices are an essential part of everyday life. Never before has a mobile strategy been so pivotal in the overall marketing mix.  Mobile accounted for 45.1% of web-shopping traffic in