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Shifting the national mindset: Sustainable development through ICT

Shifting the national mindset: Sustainable development through ICT

Gizmos, News, Security, Start Ups, What's Hot
It is often said that individuals build families, families make up society and societies build a nation. However, when addressing issues of social transformation, it is evident that the nation, represented by structures, has greater influence on the generality of the people. Policies and ideologies that are driven at national level determine how a society progresses. Zimbabwe as a nation, like any other country, is endowed with magnificent resources: minerals, fertile lands, wildlife, climate, and chief among the resources is human capital. However, tracking global developments, it is evident that development is now technologically driven through automation, digitisation of everything, artificial intelligence, robotics and many other shifts in the global economy. Our great nation ought ...
African rulers’ weapon against web-based dissent: the off switch

African rulers’ weapon against web-based dissent: the off switch

Applications, Start Ups, What's Hot
DAKAR: Rapidly expanding access to the Internet across Africa is helping grassroots opposition movements take on once-invulnerable regimes. Many entrenched rulers have a simple response: pulling the plug. While countries in the Middle East and China employ firewalls and block virtual private networks to control web access, leaders in Africa increasingly prefer the blunter instrument of outright outages. Critics say that infringes not just the rights of individuals but also undermines the burgeoning economies of some of the world's poorest countries. Since the start of 2016, governments in 13 African nations have intentionally shut down the Internet on 21 occasions, mainly during elections and protests, according to a database run by online rights group Access Now. That compares to...
Ghana’s Dext Technology to represent Africa at ISHOW 2017

Ghana’s Dext Technology to represent Africa at ISHOW 2017

Gizmos, Start Ups, What's Hot
Ghanaian hardware startup, DEXT Technology is among 3 innovative start-ups selected to represent Africa in this year’s Innovative Showcase(ISHOW), a global competition for hardware-led social innovations. The competition, organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is scheduled to take place in the USA from the 18th to the 20th of October 2017. ISHOW is open to individuals and organizations taking physical products that will have social impact  to the market. Dext  Technology became part of the competition after going through the first event held in Kenya in May 2017.   The competition and event will feature start-ups from various countries, and Ghana’s team DEXT - made up of Charles Ofori Antipem and Micheal Asante-Afrifa (designers of
Meet the Investor: Duncan Goldie-Scot

Meet the Investor: Duncan Goldie-Scot

News, Start Ups
Duncan Goldie-Scot does not have the profile of a typical investor in African tech startups. Having grown up in Scotland, he moved to London after graduating from university and started a career in journalism and publishing. This eventually led to Goldie-Scot starting the UK’s first home computer magazine back in 1980, and thereafter building up his own tech and fintech publishing group with a range of magazines, newsletters and books. After “retiring” in 2004, he found himself drawn to Africa. “In 2005 a friend persuaded me to invest in a microfinance startup in Tanzania.  I began to learn about microfinance, attended some training sessions and worked on a project in Nigeria,” he told Disrupt Africa. “Coincidentally, I knew the people behind the creation of
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