Politics: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:53 am
U.S. solar startup Fenix International is expanding its partnership with Africa’s largest telecommunications provider MTN in order to provide electricity to Africans who do not have access to an electricity grid. The San Francisco startup brings power to under-served areas thanks to the provision of their solar-power systems, and their extended partnership with MTN Group in Zambia will mean electricity access for an additional million new users in the country over the next three year period.
Staff, 8:56 am
Margaret Wainaina is a project coordinator for Una Hakika, an initiative from the Canadian nonprofit The Sentinel Project, an anti-genocide effort . In the regional language Kiswahili, “Una hakika?” means “Are you sure?” and the goal is to squash disinformation that can lead to conflict, especially in the lead-up to Kenya’s hotly contested general election on August 8. Ethnic violence following the 2007 general election left more than 1,000 Kenyans dead and more than half a million displaced.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:23 am
In an effort to limit hate speech and combat fake news in Kenya ahead of national elections in the country, Facebook has launched a tool that seeks to educate users on how to identify stories that are genuine from those that are fake. The social media site has provided a tool at the top of user news feeds from which users are directed to the Facebook Help Center, where they will be given access to information that will assist them in determining which news articles are fake.
Tom Jackson, 3:00 am AFKI Original
The tech scene in North Africa is booming once again, with investors interested in backing startups across Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Venture capital firms are flooding back into Egypt, from 500 Startups to the IFC to Algebra Ventures, and after years of being denied access to funds, Egyptian tech startups are now swimming in them again. The story is equally positive for Morocco and Tunisia, and the region’s tech future looks bright once again.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:49 am
Malaysian bitcoin technology provider Belfrics Global is launching a bitcoin exchange in Kenya, allowing users and traders of the cryptocurrency to transact through additional services. The Kenyan arm of Belfrics will offer a number of digital services revolving around the Blockchain, as well as a payment gateway for merchants to accept bitcoin as payment for products and services. They will then expand to Nigeria, Ghana and Botswana.
Staff, 2:11 pm
Kenya’s last two general elections have been tarnished by allegations of fraud and violence. The country is hailed as Africa’s Silicon Savannah and when citizens head to the polls again on August 8, they will be using technology to make sure these elections are free and credible. A game-changing court ruling recently declared that results announced by constituency tallying centers must be regarded as final and a transparent system to transmit results has been created to prevent rigging.
Staff, 1:28 pm
Chinese technology companies hungry for expansion are diving into the less-developed African continent, where several countries are targeting double-digit economic growth. Iginio Gagliardone, a lecturer in media studies at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, told CNBC that the Middle Kingdom’s expansion into Africa has been pronounced over the past four to five years. “China is everywhere,” Gagliardone said, though he noted that its presence was stronger in certain markets.
Staff, 5:50 am
South African edtech startup The Student Hub held a two-day workshop showcasing its student-centered digital education system to government, colleges and other stakeholders. Its ERAOnline product will improve education in South Africa, tackling issues such as outdated curriculum, high failure rates, and a skills crisis by assisting colleges in equipping students and helping students complete their learning in record time.
Mongabay, 4:16 am
Remote sensing technology can provide useful intelligence to Ugandan park managers in forest monitoring, but must be combined with an understanding of its limitations. The near real-time alerts of likely deforestation could make forest patrols more efficient and effective, but rangers must still have proper training, incentives, and resources to properly integrate alerts into their regular functions.
Tom Jackson, 1:36 pm AFKI Original
Initial coin offerings are when a creator of a digital currency makes coins available for public purchase to raise money for a project. This is what South African Vinny Lingham recently did, raising $33 million in an initial coin offering run by his U.S.-based company Civic, which is building a digital identity verification platform. There are opportunities for investors in this space, but perils remain.
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