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Kenya’s BRCK raises $1.2M to connect the last mile to the internet

Broadband, Internet
July 9, 2014 Nairobi, Kenya Ushahidi spinout BRCK Inc. announced today that it has closed a $1.2 million seed round. BRCK is solving last-mile connectivity problems with a device that can bring seamless internet connection to the most remote areas of the world. Invested Development, an early stage impact investor, led the round for the Nairobi-based technology startup. Invested Development, Omvestments, Urban.us, Cheryl Heller and Gary Scheft of CommonWise LLC, Synergy Growth, and other investors were attracted to this opportunity because of the cross-sector impact it will have in Africa and beyond. World Bank data shows that for every 10% increase in broadband penetration there can be as much as 1.4% GDP growth. Currently, only 24% of people in the developing world are connected to t...

AU cybersecurity plan criticized by Experts

Cyber Security
Stakeholders in the ICT sector are lobbying against the ratification of an African Union regulations on cyber security because of fears the proposed rules will stifle Internet growth. The African Union Convention on Cyber Security (AUCC) is scheduled to be adopted at a meeting in January if none of its members oppose it. But some Kenyan stakeholders have filed a petition to bar the convention from being ratified into law, saying the agreement in its current form would derail penetration of the Internet and curtail freedom. Strathmore Centre for Intellectual Property managing director Marcela Sinda called for wider consultations before the decision is ratified. “This is being conducted in total darkness. We have identified provisions harmful to our Internet economy that n

Intel invests Kenya through its global Software and Services Group

Intel picks Kenya for new investment: The East African nation will be the site of the first investment on the continent by Intel’s Software and Services Group. Intel Software and Services Group has launched a new initiative that will first benefits African developers. Kenya is the first country where the initiative takes root with developers expected to gain design tools, resources and expert consulting from SSG. With 5 undersea fibre cables supplying broadband to the country, Kenya is among the 7 most connected in the continent. This has seen many technology innovations take shape in the country with local start-ups creating mobile applications that have been able to answer the needs of the market. Through SSG’s  program, three local tech start-ups will be sponsored for online training a