Kenya's social media election: attack ads and data mining

NAIROBI – A strikingly toxic campaign ad was unleashed online in Kenya just weeks before national elections — a potentially explosive move in a country where politics and ethnicity are closely aligned. Supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga (not in the picture), the presidential candidate of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, walk at…

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Top 10 African countries committed to cyber security

The second edition of the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017, released earlier this week by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations, measured the commitment of ITU Member States to cyber security and highlighted a number of illustrative practices from around the world. The survey measures the commitment of countries to cyber…

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Facebook launches Developer Circles Harare

Facebook Africa is hosting a series of training events and workshops designed to help local entrepreneurs understand how to use digital platforms to grow their businesses. Facebook and partner Digify Africa are currently running their ‘Boost Your Business’ training programme at Moto Republik and Impact Hub Harare, from today until Saturday, 15 July. 2017 The…

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Top 10 African countries committed to cyber security

The second edition of the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017, released earlier this week by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations, measured the commitment of ITU Member States to cyber security and highlighted a number of illustrative practices from around the world. The survey measures the commitment of countries to cyber…

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.africa roadshow kicks off in Ethiopia

The .africa (dotAfrica) cross-continent roadshow to officially launch the new geographic top level domain (gTLD), kicked off at the 29th African Union (AU) Summit held at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. © wklzzz via 123RF.com This awareness campaign symbolises the importance of Africa finally having achieved a single platform for a united digital…

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Making ‘big ideas' for Africa happen

The Planet Earth Institute NGO will launch the PEI exChange – the first online matching platform for individuals passionate about African development and the world’s only online portal dedicated to projects in Africa. The Planet Earth Institute (PEI), an international NGO and charity, will launch the ​PEI exchange during its ​#ScienceAfrica UnConference on 20 July​, 2017 in London. The…

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Bell Pottinger's wicked Wiki ways

Controversial London public relations firm Bell Pottinger seems to have side-stepped Wikipedia regulations and has been able to edit entries about the Gutpa family, leaked e-mails show. In February last year, the firm’s manager of the Gupta account, Victoria Geogheghan, e-mailed a draft of “new content for the Gupta family’s Wikipedia page” to a Gmail…

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Jumia receives global accolade

© olegdudko via [[www.123RF.com 123RF]]</span>African internet group, Jumia, has been named among the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Top 50 Smartest Companies of 2017. Each year, MIT identifies top 50 global companies, both established and startups, that are creating new opportunities using ingenious technologies to meet the needs of a demanding market worldwide. Read more……

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Top five highest cyber risk countries are in Africa

According to Check Point’s latest Threat Index, African nations continue to top the list of countries prone to cyber attacks. Zambia has the highest risk profile, with Nigeria in second position. Uganda, Malawi, and South Africa are ranked 7th, 8th, and 9th respectively. South Africa, in particular, demonstrated a significant jump in ranking, having moved…

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New global ransomware attack disrupts thousands of companies

NEWSWATCH: This week saw another global ransomware attack spread across the globe affecting big companies such as multinational advertising and public relations company WPP, Danish shipping company, Maersk, and FedEx, among many others… © jes2ufoto via 123RF According to a report on AdAge earlier this week, WPP employees arrived at work to locked PCs and…

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IoT the top priority in driving digital transformation

Inmarsat, provider of global mobile satellite communications has today published findings that IoT has become the leading technology for digital transformation and it is the number one priority for 92% of organisations. IoT/ © cheskyw via 123RF The Inmarsat Research Programme study focusing on the enterprise application of the internet of things (IoT) revealed that…

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