A Twitter hashtag that reportedly sprang up following the first visit of Facebook‘s founder to Africa could have implications for the control of social media in regions across Africa. Continue reading
“Keeping it real, most African economies are still controlled by neocolonialism,” he says. “The West has more to say about African financial markets than the finance ministers of these African countries. World Bank, IMF along with large multinationals don’t fund serious research and development in Africa. So innovations like Bitcoin aren’t a priority to these powerful African influencers. It’s gonna take the local indigenous business persons and farmers to see the value of Bitcoin and overthrow the legacy of the oppressive colonial financial system in Africa.” Continue reading
Orange announces today that, together with its Senegal-based partner Sonatel, it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the mobile operator Airtel in Sierra Leone. Since the signature of an agreement with Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV (“Airtel”) in January 2016, Orange has obtained all the official approbations necessary to complete this transaction. Continue reading
A crucial resolution gives practical guidance to states on how to ensure civil society space based on their existing commitments under international human rights law has been adopted at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). Though 244 organisations from around the world jointly expressed their support for the international human rights standards which has over 60 cosponsoring States, some of the countries that voted against civil society are Congo, Nigeria, and South Africa according to Article 19. Continue reading
Kenya will host the Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium (CBS-2016) after it formalised arrangements with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in an agreement signed by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao and the Director-General of the Communications Authority of Kenya, Francis Wangusi. Continue reading
On 17 May 2016 the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) celebrated its 151st anniversary and has chosen ‘ICT entrepreneurship for social impact’ as its theme for the year. Activity in key regions across Africa suggests the continent intends to be a part of the global technology movement. Continue reading
African blockchain-related startups will pitch new products at SWIFT African Regional Conference in Mauritius on May 18. Three African companies were selected by over one hundred judges from across the financial, technology, and investment communities. The total of 89 applications has been evaluated for the second edition of the Startup Challenge. Continue reading
Bitcoin users in parts of Africa have an almost non-existent mining practice yet the virtual currency’s level of adoption is driving more Africans to its trade. Aside from a Ghanaian firm, Ghana Dot Com (GDC), which claimed it has launched the first Bitcoin mining facility in Africa in March, most mining efforts in parts of Africa are usually done on an individual basis or crowd mining with little or no chance of profitability. This is due to several factors. Continue reading
With the high mobile phone penetration already in place, Africa is set to enable more users to download a Bitcoin wallet on their devices. In an email last year, Werner van Rooyen from Bitx, one of Africa’s biggest Bitcoin exchange firms, wrote that Africa has been waiting for something like Bitcoin for a long time.
Why? He said the continent of over a billion people has been underserved by financial institutions for such a long time. Continue reading
Following a recent injunction by a US court to put the .africa domain on hold while a lawsuit proceeds, the chair of the Africa Information and Communication Technologies Alliance (AfICTA), a private sector-led alliance of ICT associations, multi-national corporations, companies, organisations and individuals in Africa, has expressed his support for an out-of-court settlement as an option to resolve the lingering matter.
Africa supports the need for a global framework to protect privacy and foster international trade through e-commerce, particularly in developing countries as the online form of trade grows, says ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Commission rep at the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) e-commerce week held this month in Geneva. Continue reading