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How African states can tackle state-backed cyber threats

July 15, 2021 Nathaniel Allen and Noëlle van der Waag-Cowling At first glance, the ability of most African states to prevent or respond to a cyberattack by state-backed hackers would appear limited. African countries tend to have low levels of cyber maturity and possess limited offensive and defensive cyber capabilities. Virtually all rely on foreign actors to supply […]

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Partners of “African Girls Can Code” commit to address the digital gender divide in Africa

Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021Participants of a Coding Camp in Hawassa, SNNP Region, one of the Three the National Coding Camps held in Ethiopia that trained 444 Girls (29 July -16 August 2019). Among total of 575 girls trained under AGCCI between August 2018 – August 2019. Photo: UN Women/Elias Berhanu Half of the 3.7 billion […]

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Uganda, Ethiopia, Egypt… the hidden cost of internet blackouts By Eman El-SherbinyPosted on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 09:55 Communication technology is a double-edged sword. It can empower people to access and share information globally, or be used as an instrument of political and economic control. While hopes were raised by the Arab Spring a decade ago, the years since have seen multiple internet blackouts […]


Call for Proposal:IDRC and SIDA

November 4th, 2020. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) invite proposals from independent policy research organizations from across the African continent that are committed to using research to inform and influence national-level artificial intelligence (AI) policies and research ecosystems. This funding opportunity will provide funding to two (2) […]


The State of Mobile Money in Southern African Countries

By Guest Writer on September 9, 2020 Being a young Zimbabwean who holds no faith in our banking system – mobile money has been a big part of my life. Around 49% of Zimbabweans are registered with a mobile money service. 1 in 2 Zimbos is a significant number and this got me wondering – Is the story […]


Apply Now: $1,000,000 for African Online Safety Solutions from Google

By Wayan Vota on August 10, 2020 Over 500 million people have access to the Internet on the African continent – 40% of the population. Over 250 million Africans use smartphones for going online. Sign Up Now for Grant Funding Ideas This Internet, smartphone and mobile network usage has created extraordinary new opportunities for economic development. However, Internet access, especially by novice […]

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Data Protection During a Pandemic – African DPAs Respond

Amanda Manyame Tech Law and Policy Advisor LinkedIn Profile In an attempt to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, governments are using citizens’ personal data by collecting health data and contact information of people suspected to have been infected by the virus. This has led to countries adopting contact tracing measures which involve the surveillance of citizens […]

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Determinants of mobile broadband use in developing economies: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Download page Author links open overlay panelMaudeHasbiaAntoineDubusbShow more rights and content Highlights •The ownership of a SIM card is an important driver of mobile broadband use. Positive correlation between financial inclusion and mobile broadband use. Determinants of mobile broadband use depend on countries specificities.• Non-mobile owners being unemployed more likely to use mobile Internet […]

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Coronavirus: This could be the right time to get home internet

By Nixon Kanali -March 31, The demand for home internet and wireless connectivity in Kenya might go high as more Kenyans work and learn remotely due to global concerns over the current coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.Advertisement As we have previously mentioned, the disrupted business environment, as a result of this pandemic, has made it essential to provide everyone in the organisation […]



MEST AFRICA CHALLENGE 2020 FOR AFRICAN TECH STARTUPS (WIN $50K IN INVESTMENT) Deadline: April 18, 2020Applications are open for the Mest Africa Challenge 2020 and we are calling all tech start-ups in Abidjan, Accra, Addis, Kigali, Dakar, Dar Es Salaam, Lagos, Nairobi, and Johannesburg to apply for the Mest Africa Challenge 2020.The Mest Africa Challenge is […]