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Angola: Govt Announces Creation of ICT Offices in Ministerial Departments

Angolan government has decided to create the information and communication technologies offices in all ministerial departments and private networks to ensure development of various services.

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Nigeria: ICT Infrastructure - African Governments Not Spending Enough Money, IBM

Nairobi — The Chief Scientist of IBM Research Africa, Dr. Uyi Stewart has said that African governments are not spending enough money in building Informationa Communication Technology Infratsructure to leapflog into the information age which is the most valuable commodity.

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Nigeria: Demo-Africa 2014 Set for Nigeria in September

DEMO-Africa has released the dates for the third annual DEMO Africa to be held between September 22 - 26, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria. The series of events will be hosted in collaboration with the Nigeria Federal Ministry of ICT, the [email protected] Partnership, VC4Africa, and Nigeria's National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

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What lies ahead for business and IT in 2014?

Theo Priestley, Software AG’s Chief Evangelist writes an opinion in ITNewsAfrica.com about what lies ahead for business and IT in 2014. Theo Priestley, Software AG’s Chief Evangelist, delves into the murky depths of the current trends and pick three that will shape organizations for the next 12 months…but with one underlying theme…DATA

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RapidSMS: a data gathering platform developed by two UNICEF employees enhances innovation in Africa

An article published on IT News Africa website reports on RapidSMS, a mobile innovation developed by two United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) employees that two years after its introduction, continues to bring about significant change in key regions throughout Africa.

When in 2009 Christopher Fabian and Erica Kochi, two employees of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), developed RapidSMS, a platform for data gathering and group communication using the short messaging system (SMS) on mobile phones, their aim was simply to tackle the problem of slow data transmission within the food security surveillance system in Malawi. Four years later, RapidSMS is touching the lives of millions in many African countries, helping to record births and monitor distribution of mosquito nets in Nigeria, monitor neonatal health in Zambia and track food distribution in the Horn of Africa, among other uses.

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ICT will be used to Transform Kenya - Uhuru

According to the article in AllAfrica.com, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said his administration will use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to transform Kenya and improve the lives of its citizens. The President said ICT is no longer a luxury but a powerful tool that will help address most of the problems facing Kenya and Africa at large.

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Anton Vukic: "Disinformation in the information age"

ITNEWSAFRICA website features an interesting article written by Anton Vukic, Sales Director at Phoenix Distribution, about the fact that nowadays the explosion of the information age does not mean that everything available on the Internet is necessarily based on verified facts backed by integrity, but often camouflaged with pseudo-research, disinformation and biased views with hidden agendas. This is why someone could think of  of disinformation in the information age.

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Study: Support for Public Web Access in Poor Countries Fading

Decreasing interest of local governments and businesses in developing countries to provide public access to computers and Internet may close a critical source of information for underprivileged groups, a study has found.
 
A group of researchers at the University of Washington Information School in Seattle says public access to computers and Internet is still a crucial resource for connecting people to information and skills.

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ICT Business Breakfast 2013, 16 July 2013

The Business Intelligence software market place is flooded with messaging from vendors saying they can provide analytical platforms and access to information faster, better, easier, and cheaper. This is true in many ways due to the many changes and advancements in technology.

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World Information Society Day - ICT Brings a Bag of Pros and Cons

An interesting article is published inThe New Times by Sarah Kwihangana and Jean De La Croix Tabaro.

The information and telecommunication technology sector is believed to improve business transactions and communication in society, but Rwandans say the new technology tools have been leading to moral degeneration amongst the youth while also promoting theft. Emmanuel Mbonabucya, the project manager of Circuit Power LTD, a company that deals in electronics has been using internet to import generators, air conditioners and fuel dispensing pumps for three years.

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