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Kenyan Company Launches Social Media Sharing Card · Global Voices

Kenyan Company Launches Social Media Sharing Card · Global Voices | African News | Scoop.it

Gigwapi, an online event listing service, has launched a cashless payment system and social media sharing card. The card, Gigwapi card, will be used to pay for tickets and goods at events: The card holds your personal information and can automatically integrate to your social media profile.

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Econet Zero free access to Wikipedia, Coursera, edX - greatest event in Zimbabwe's internet History

Econet Zero free access to Wikipedia, Coursera, edX - greatest event in Zimbabwe's internet History | African News | Scoop.it

If there’s one tool I’ve been always been thankful to the internet for since I came to know this amazing tool, it is Wikipedia. I cannot live without it, and I’m sure even you don’t spend a day without dropping by the site to feed on knowledge about whatever it is you’re browsing on. The internet would be very disorganised without it. Yes, Wikipedia itself is not very organised, but disorganised order is the essence of the internet itself. Freedom in accessing knowledge and being a part of its creation. Open to everyone to use, to disagree and to contribute their knowledge. That is very powerful.

So, when Econet announced today that they were zero rating Wikipedia, I was blown away. I have wished a local operator would do this, but a part of me has always admitted there has to be business case, and ‘free’ is rarely so. But it has happened. Econet Zero means anyone with just the simplest of feature phones, and access to an Econet line, can browse the whole Wikipedia for free. It’s very hard to overstate how huge an impact this will have on internet users in Zimbabwe.


See more at: http://www.techzim.co.zw/2014/03/econet-zero-is-the-greatest-thing-to-happen-to-our-internet-access-period/#sthash.sGT3RDlN.dpuf


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Emphasis to be put on ICT utility in Rwanda

Emphasis to be put on ICT utility in Rwanda | African News | Scoop.it
Rwanda’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Rosemary Mbabazi has urged citizens to embrace the use of Information and communications

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Silicon Savannah

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Can a Nairobi-based software developer create a mobile phone app to help Kenya's hard-pressed subsistence farmers?

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I want to empower farmers using ICT solutions - Ms Geek Rwanda - The New Times Rwanda

I want to empower farmers using ICT solutions - Ms Geek Rwanda - The New Times Rwanda | African News | Scoop.it
ON INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day, Rwanda’s first ever Ms Geek Rwanda contest was held at Lemigo Hotel. Now, this was no glitzy young-girls-strutting-around-in-swimsuits kind of contest. On the contrary, the last five girls standing battled it out through their knowledge and skills in Information Communication Technology (ICT). 
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Young women who want to make the world a better place - educate and empower a girl and then stand back and be amazed by what can happen.

 

So much innovation coming from the continent right now - so many young people with so much passion and commitment.

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Africa's Digital Revolution: Full Speed Ahead

Africa's Digital Revolution: Full Speed Ahead | African News | Scoop.it

 

By Marguerite Ward

 

In the last five years, Africa has undergone a phenomenon that analysts refer to as the continent’s “digital revolution.” A recent wave of investor capital to the continent signals that this trend is unlikely to change course any time soon. The virtual revolution means sudden improvements to education, health and political spheres - prompting more leaders to embrace technological development as they would more “traditional” development projects.


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The upsurge of IT usage across the continent has brought Africa access to many important things from the wider world - but also (and I think more importantly) innovation from the developers and users across Africa has shown the world many new and different ways that the technology can be used.

 

Look at MPesa;  look at the amazingly inventive ways medical professions are making use of mobile phones to help remote communities; look at the primary school in Kisumu, Kenya that is using Kindles instead of paper textbooks.

 

The internet and mobile phones are changing Africa - but marvelous innovation is going the other way too.

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Breaking the Silence: SMS Helps Liberian Schools to Improve Education

Breaking the Silence: SMS Helps Liberian Schools to Improve Education | African News | Scoop.it
Students and academics in schools throughout Liberia are taking advantage of a system that allows them to gather information and discuss possible solutions to problems they face in the country’s corrupt education system.

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Africa’s International Bandwidth Jumps To 1.479 Tbps

Africa’s International Bandwidth Jumps To 1.479 Tbps | African News | Scoop.it

Africa’s international Internet bandwidth sailed past the 1 Tbps mark during 2012, and jumped by 84% to reach 1.479 Tbps by December 2012. Africa previously reached 802 Gbps in December 2011 (Africa’s International Bandwidth Approaches 1 Tbps Mark), 500 Gbps in December 2010 (see Africa’s International Bandwidth Reaches 500 Gbps Mark), and the 100 Gbps mark during 2008.


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