Five IoT security risks and ways to secure yourself

It is expected that there will be 3.9 IoT (internet of things) based devices per person by 2020. By putting together the operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT), unstructured digital information that is generated by the connected objects (gadgets, tools, devices) can be examined for improvements without immediate human interaction. However, along with all…

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Internet shutdown lifted in Cameroon

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) welcomes the restoration of internet connectivity in the northwest and southwest regions of Cameroon after 94 days of network shutdown. The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, on April 20, 2017, under the orders of the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, restored internet connection to the people of the…

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F8: Connectivity, artificial intelligence and more from day two

Day two of F8 2017, saw chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer, director of connectivity programs, Yael Maguire; director of applied machine learning, Joaquin Quiñonero Candela; chief scientist of Oculus research, Michael Abrash; and VP of engineering and building 8 Regina Dugan present their keynote thoughts. Director of connectivity programs, Yael Maguire at F8 event The…

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African governments that shut down the internet could lose it

In an unprecedented policy suggestion, some members of the AFRINIC community have proposed denying internet to African governments that shut it down in their respective countries. © maksym yemelyanov via 123RF AFRINIC stands for African Network Information Centre, and it is one of the world’s five regional internet registries, with responsibility for Africa. The proposed…

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Mobile penetration in Africa reaches 80%

LAGOS, Nigeria -There are 960 million mobile subscriptions across Africa – an 80% penetration rate among the continent’s population. Internet penetration is at 18% with 216 million internet users, according to the latest Jumia mobile trend report for Africa. © Karel Joseph Noppe Brooks via 123RF The 2017 edition of the African Mobile Trends Paper…

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Uber-style taxi app launched in Somalia

Uber-style on-demand taxi hailing app Waryaa Taxi has launched in Somalia, allowing passengers to book taxis from their smartphones for the first time in the country. Somalia. © fotovlad via 123RF Waryaa Taxi has deployed a free web and smartphone application that connects passengers directly with taxi drivers. “Waryaa taxi is a creation of individuals who…

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It's great to share: As TNM launches data sharing service

Malawi’s integrated mobile network and ICT service provider TNM is proud to announce the launch of data sharing, an innovative service that allows customers to share their data with friends and family. With data sharing, family and friends can tap internet access from a single connection point. This service is unique in the sense that,…

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