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Ushahidi: Latest News
Tom Jackson, 10:49 am AFKI Original
While both Kenya and Rwanda admit to the importance of tech development in spurring economic success, the countries have two different approaches. Kenya’s tech development has stalled, mostly on President Kenyatta’s watch, and the government needs to match its rhetoric with action if it is to get it going again. In contrast, Rwanda is earning a reputation as a test kitchen for startups, and a recent report placed the country first in government success in ICT promotion.
Tom Jackson, 1:15 am AFKI Original
Some of the most prominent Silicon Valley individuals and companies are caught up in sexual harassment scandals, but their story is somewhat echoed in other parts of the world, with individuals within Kenya’s tech ecosystem also experiencing sexism and unwanted sexual advances. The poor response has raised questions about the African tech community in general’s attitude towards women in the workplace.
Staff, 10:04 am
Ushahidi, the global crisis-mapping platform headquartered in Kenya, has said it is investigating an alleged sexual harassment claim pitting an employee against a senior member of its team. The confirmation from Ushahidi comes days after unverified tech blog reports of victimization and covering up of harassment cases against women working for the company surfaced on blogs and social media outlets.Ory Okolloh, one of the original founders of Ushahidi, all but confirmed the story in a blog post.
Kevin Mwanza, 4:32 am
Kenyan technology firm BRCK, which manufactures routers and modems that enable Wifi Internet access in remote areas, has secured $3 million from foreign investors to help it expand local and international operations. Fundraising included investments from former AOL executives Jean and Steve Case, along with other participating international investors.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:30 am
A Kenyan technology firm BRCK has secured Sh105.5 million ($1.2 million) from foreign investors to expand its local and international operations. BRCK manufactures routers and modems going by the brand name BRCKs that enable users access Wifi Internet especially in remote areas.
Kevin Mwanza, 3:00 am
Founded in mid-2012, Savannah Fund has invested in 10 startups in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Australia and two registered in the US. The fund invests in “high-risk, high-return startups” and plans to double its number of investees to 20 by the end of the year.
Dana Sanchez, 10:59 am
Twitter, Facebook and crisis-mapping technologies such as Ushahidi have helped mobilize communities and improve government responsiveness to the plight of young people in Africa, CNN reports. As smartphones lower information barriers across Africa, young people are empowering themselves, organizing into influential youth online communities and demanding better leadership.
Steven J. Smith, 10:20 am
Ushahidi is a Swahili term for “testimony,” and it’s an accurate word to describe a company that specializes in developing technology that quickly brings local matters to global attention. The Nairobi, Kenya-based company got its start as a website gathering map reports of violence in Kenya after its incendiary 2008 elections. Its roots are in the dissemination of information among Kenyan civilian journalists during a crisis.
Dana Sanchez, 5:34 pm
“Change happens at the frontier,” says Nathanial Mannin with Kenyan software company Ushahidi. “Great ideas can come from anywhere…innovation comes from solving real problems with constrained sources.”
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