Governance

Automakers benefit from new-age tech.

Automakers benefit from new-age tech.

Business, Governance, Technology
Even before the coronavirus spread around the world, automakers were questioning the resiliency of a globally linked supply chain that had been ground to a halt by components production bottlenecks in China. They now have to attract buyers back into the new vehicle industry, despite mounting evidence that demand for new vehicles was already declining. From manufacturing to sales to distribution, India's car industry is leveraging technology to improve productivity and profitability across processes and platforms. Covid-19 hit several industries hard and forced firms to pivot, innovate and adopt new technologies at a much faster pace. This digital transformation equipped them to meet emerging customer demands across touchpoints. The automotive industry was no exception to all this. ...
Kenya Trade Ministry partnership to bridge digital skills gap

Kenya Trade Ministry partnership to bridge digital skills gap

Business, Governance, Startups, Technology
Kenya Government has partnered with Stanbic Kenya Foundation and Microsoft Kenya to impart over 50,000 entrepreneurs with digital skills. The partnership signed between the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development and Stanbic Kenya Foundation is going to enhance the employability of MSMEs and Kenyan citizens through digital upskilling. The partnership role to address digital skills gap. It will see private sector players address a digital skills gap within the market through the rich digital learning and skilling Initiative. The programme will target individuals who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 economic downturn. Stanbic Bank and Microsoft Kenya will roll out the programme across the various counties in Kenya with support from the Ministry an...
The Rise and Rise of Big Tech Globally.

The Rise and Rise of Big Tech Globally.

FinTech, Governance, Internet, Technology
The rise of global technology superstars like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google has created new challenges for the competition watchdogs who enforce antitrust laws around the world. The big tech companies dominate markets in e-commerce and smartphones, search advertising and social-media traffic. In the U.S., Google and Facebook Inc. together collect more than half of digital advertising spending and Apple Inc. has about 46% of the smartphone market. The House antitrust report estimated that 50% or more of U.S. e-commerce sales goes through Amazon.com Inc.; that 99% of mobile devices in the U.S. and globally run on Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android systems; that Google captures about 89% of all general search queries in the U.S.; and that Facebook’s app reached 74% of U.S. smartphone
Why enterprise 5G needs governments for security-KPMG

Why enterprise 5G needs governments for security-KPMG

Governance, Internet
Unlike previous technology advancements, the adoption of the fifth generation of mobile network standards – known as 5G – is going to be enterprise not consumer-led. The network capability already exists to provide 5G for factories, arenas and universities, for example. This will suit innovative enterprises with the imagination to take full advantage of this “campus capability” before the full national rollouts of 5G that will be required for the consumer market. I believe 5G will start by enabling manufacturing’s fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0 as it is commonly known, and transform sectors including industrial manufacturing, defense, infrastructure and healthcare. 5G is expected to generate a variety of new applications and business cases for enterprises, many of whi
Internet Shutdown in India to control protesters

Internet Shutdown in India to control protesters

Governance
India shut down the internet in the state of Assam on Thursday, after citizens took to the streets to protest a controversial new citizenship rule. It’s the latest example of a worrying worldwide trend: cutting online access to control the people. The news: On Wednesday, India’s government approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which creates a path for citizenship for minorities from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh (but not for the country’s Muslim minority). In the state of Assam, where residents have long been unhappy about immigration from nearby Bangladesh, protesters set fire to train stations. The government sent in troops and shut down the internet, according to CNN. What’s the big deal? In an increasingly connected world, shutdowns are a way to stop protest
Does Kenya have the necessary skills for AI?

Does Kenya have the necessary skills for AI?

Governance, Internet, Technology
Lack of access to free, up-to-date and machine-readable government data stands in the way of Kenya tapping into opportunities brought by artificial intelligence, a Nation Newsplex analysis reveals. The country tops Africa and ranks 52 globally out of 194 countries on the government’s readiness to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) in public services but only manages positions seven in the continent and 78 out of 94 globally in availability of government data, according to two key reports. The Government Artificial Intelligence Readiness Index 2019 report, by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Oxford Insights, factors in 11 inputs grouped into four main categories: governance, infrastructure and data; skills and education; and government and public services. “
Can Technology curb corruption?

Can Technology curb corruption?

Governance, Technology
Technology is changing and challenging governments around the world. With data analytics and artificial intelligence, new technologies present governments with tremendous opportunities to improve public services, get better value-for-money, and curb corruption. Governments need to become fit-for-purpose in the digital era. Faced with the rising expectations of digital natives, they realize that business-as-usual is over. In Chile, for example, the current social malaise reflects frustrated aspirations of the new, yet vulnerable middle-class. Bureaucracies are developing a greater appetite for new ways of thinking and doing. Progressive governments are pushing public agencies to be more tech-savvy and data-thirsty, willing to take risks and learning to adapt faster. In...
Ongoing Elections In Uganda Lead To Blocked Access To Social Media

Ongoing Elections In Uganda Lead To Blocked Access To Social Media

Governance, Internet, Mobile, social media
Access to social media networks such as WhatsApp and mobile money  has been blocked in Uganda over what the government claims to be "national security" concerns. Sources speaking to the Daily Nation  however state that the shutdown that was ordered by top officials in the ruling party is meant to curtail the massive amounts of messages that are being shared against President, Yoweri Museveni. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), director of corporate affairs, Fred Otunnu said that the shutdown was only temporary due to the sensitive nature of the elections period. While this goes on, there are concerns about the poor internet bandwidth but the UCC maintained that that was not related to the ongoing elections. The Ugandan Presidential and Parliamentary elections begun this mornin

Turkish government has blocked access to Reddit

Governance, Internet
The Turkish government has officially blocked access to Reddit. Users first reported last night that they were unable to access the social media site, and as of Saturday the ban still appears to be in effect. It's not clear how long the block will remain in effect. Reports theverge.com An official government site confirms the ban with a generic message that reads, "After technical analysis and legal consideration ... administration measure has been taken for this website." The note is dated November 13th. According to the statement, Reddit was taken down under Turkey's controversial internet censorship law, known as Internet Law No. 5651. Under the law, Turkish Supreme Council for Telecommunications and IT (TIB) can ban websites and block internet content for a handful of reasons, includ...

DCA Trust sends a warning Letter to ICANN Board on GAC consultation over .Africa

Domains, Governance
. Days just before the ICANN Dublin meeting, DCA Trust has sent a warning to ICANN Board, through a letter posted on 14th October 2015. This letter responds to the Chair of ICANN Board, who wrote a letter to Chair of ICANN GAC “to request the GAC to clarify, or refine the earlier GAC Objection Advice that had been previously issued in April 2013 against DCA Trust’s .Africa application.” DCA Trust which has been embroiled in a battle over .africa for nearly 4 years and another 2 years in a legal battle with ICANN, won in an independent review panel decision to its favor on July 12015,  has asked ICANN not to shift blame to GAC for its own errors and omissions in making decisions over the .africa gTLD, noting that the IRP was against ICANN’s actions and not against the GAC. “Your lett