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Rwanda: Technology and Its Amazing Changes in Our Lives

Does anyone know what happened to letter writing, telegraphs and fax mail, as means of long distance communication? Remember that time when the post office was the only place the whole town converged to communicate? What about the dependency on pagers for texting and a walkman for music?

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, technology has been experiencing rapid change in recent years; gadgets have gotten smaller, more powerful, and more efficient. They are everywhere and play increasingly greater roles in the lives of almost everyone. Rwandans have not been spared.

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10 exciting African gaming start-ups to watch

There is no doubt that the worldwide gaming industry is huge – so large in fact, that it generates more revenue than Hollywood. According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, while development studios in the rest of the world have been producing mobile, PC and console games for many decades, Africa seems to be the youngest player in the market.

With that in mind, IT News Africa profiles the leading players on the African gaming scene.

1. Kunle Ogungbamila – Kuluya

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Major Tech Trends of 2013 and how they shaped the Technology Ecosystem in Nigeria

According to an article published on Techtrendsng, the year started on a very high note and we anticipated that it would be a great year for technology development in Nigeria. Several Tech events took place which brought about some level of awareness in global tech trends and also paved way for projections into 2014.

The major Tech Trends of 2013 that did motivate great change in Nigeria’s tech scene are based on Increased eCommerce adoption, several Broadband development plans by government, Big Data and Cloud Computing Awareness and implementation, Increased Digital Marketing, Adoption of Social Commerce, increased Mobile penetration and  in the use of smart phones, increased number of Startups, Support for App Development initiatives.

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Predictions for 2014 and trends that will impact the industry

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, with the year wrapping up and companies looking toward 2014, Jay Kidd, Chief Technology Officer and senior vice president at NetApp, gives his predictions for 2014 and the trends that will impact the industry including flash, cloud, and software-defined. He also takes a look back at 2013 and the predictions that came true.
Kidd believes the key themes that will emerge in the upcoming year include The “Parting of the Clouds” into a Hybrid Cloud of clearly distinguished IT service offerings, and the acceleration in adoption of technologies that have emerged in the past two years.

 

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What will drive Africa, technically, in 2014?

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, Growth is what analysts predict as far as the state of Africa’s telecommunication sector in 2014 is concerned.

Part of research conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media, entitled Africa Telecoms Outlook 2014: Maximising digital service opportunities, identifies mobile broadband and the increase in global connectivity as key drivers behind this projected growth.

 

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Paul Kagame: Digital President Leading a Technology Movement

According to an article published on the World Bank blog, Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, has been dubbed the “digital president” by international organizations, journalists, and politicians alike. A recent article in Wired Magazine provides a compelling review of numerous technology initiatives that President Kagame has spearheaded in the last decade, making it clear why he’s been given this title. The Rwandan government has been making a concerted effort to create a culture of innovation by investing in technology, infrastructure, and the skills of the Rwandan people, as demonstrated by various projects such as the One Laptop per Child Program and the launch of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R), which offers a Master of Science degree in Information Technology along with a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In the last year alone, the government of Rwanda struck a 4G Internet deal with a South Korean telecoms firm that will lead to high-speed broadband for 95% of Rwandan citizens within three years. This is all part of an effort to transform Rwanda into a knowledge-based economy.

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5 Steps to Social Innovation with ICT

According to an article published by ICT works, IICD uses a distinctive participatory and multi-stakeholder approach in developing social innovation programs with information and communication technologies.

Whereas many ICT for Development (ICT4D) projects focus on the transfer of new or innovative technologies, IICD focuses not on technology, but on people. More than 15 years of experience has proven that this approach works. In 80% of IICD projects, partner organisations succeed in integrating ICT into their core business by the end of the project period. This is an impressive track record compared to the average sustainability figure of 15% for ICT4D projects.

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Bits and Atoms: Limited Statehood and Digital Technology

According to an article published on  CGCS Blog, Steven Livingston, a Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs at George Washington University, discusses his upcoming book Bits and Atoms: Information and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood.

Much of the development, governance and more general international affairs literatures speak of failed or fragile states when describing a breakdown of governance capacity. In Bits and Atoms: Information and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood Gregor Walter-Drop of the Freie Universität Berlin and I use a different formulation. We provide a more nuanced conceptual foundation for thinking about the nature of statehood and how digital technologies might serve to ameliorate the effects of what we call limited statehood. Following Max Weber, statehood is characterized by a monopoly on the means of violence, the ability to make and impose binding rules, and by the effective provisioning of public goods. An area of limited statehood is defined by the absence of some or all of these qualities.

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Africa's IGDP to Reach Five Percent By 2025

According to an article published by AllAfrica Global Media, Africa's internet contribution to overall GDP is set to reach 5 percent by 2025 from the current 1.1 percent largely as a result of increased internet penetration and a growing number of tech savvy youth.

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Ghana: SMEs Challenged to Embrace ICTs

According to an article published on AllAfrica Global Media , small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) operating in Ghana and other parts of Africa have been urged to make use of modern technology to access global markets.

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Internet Can Boost Africa's Economies by Billions

Senegal and Kenya are the African countries where the internet is having the biggest economic impact, according to a new report. Moreover, on November 21st, 2013 Google announced Project Link, an initiative to connect more people in Kampala, Uganda to the Web through a super-fast, high-capacity fiber network to enable any local mobile operator or Internet service provider (ISP) to connect more people in Kampala to a faster, more reliable Internet.

A number of relevant articles for the internet fast growth in Africa can be found here.

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IT Web Africa: Kenya is a global ‘overachiever’ regarding web access

Kenya is an ‘overachiever’ with regard to using the internet while South Africa is ranked among the world’s top five emerging nations with the highest levels of access to the web.

This is according to the Web Index 2013, which has been conducted by the World Wide Web Foundation and measures the web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations. Key global findings of the report include that Sweden and Norway are the world’s two top performing countries overall in this year’s web index, as almost 95% of people in these countries are online.

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Africa: High-Level Panel Organizes to Address Future of Internet Governance

According to a press release published on allAfrica.com, a diverse global group of stakeholders from government, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and international organizations has formed a Panel on the Future of Global Internet Cooperation. The Panel's first meeting is scheduled for December 12 - 13 in London.

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A People-Centred Theory of Change for ICT4D?

According to an article published on Appropriating Technology for social justice and human development,  Tony Roberts suggests that a starting-point for a theory of change for (open) ICT4D might be, 'the application of human agency + human knowledge + (open) technology to solve human problems = (open) development', or at its most basic: 
 
people + knowledge + technology = development

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The unique power of mobile broadband technology in Africa is a good chance of meeting the MDGs deadline

According the article, the ubiquitous broadband has suddenly become the springboard from which nations seek to do so much for themselves within the interconnected world. In this report Olubayo Abiodun, Clifford Agugoesi and Chimezie Ndubisi highlight the nexus between high-speed internet connectivity and the attainment of the MDGs by African nations.

African governments are still fixated on how to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) given the many challenges that they have to deal with. The mandate has not been made any easy given the rising costs of governance, spiralling challenges and competing needs in the midst of dwindling fortunes in the political and economic spheres. From combating diseases to reducing child mortality, implementing Universal Basic Primary Education, ensuring gender equality, intractable security issues and political upheavals, the MDGs are somewhat intertwined. This is where mobile broadband has been described as the single most important hope left for Africa to accelerate towards meeting the MDGs by the target date of 2015.

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State of the Nation: Khama explains E-Government initiatives

According to the article published in Biztech Africa website by John Churu, the President of the Republic of Botswana, President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, gave his State of the Nation Address and a lot of practitioners in the ICT sector waited for their share of information on the state of affairs in the ICT sector. According to the President, the government had surpassed its expectations in providing modern technologies in many ways than one.

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Africa Internet Summit (AIS): Workshop & Meetings 25 May – 6 June, 2014

Africa Internet Summit (AIS) Secretariat announces the Program of Africa Network Operators’ Group at the Africa Internet Summit 2014 scheduled to be held in Djibouti from 25 May to 6 June 2014.

The Theme for AIS 2014 is “Beyond connection : Internetworking for African Development”.

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Africa: The Youth, New Technology and Africa's Transformation

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, while addressing participants at the just concluded Transform Africa 2014 Summit in Kigali, this week, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr Hamadoun Touré, disclosed a new fond name world technology enthusiasts have bestowed on the host-President Paul Kagame.

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Africa: Transform Africa Should Look At Increasing Internet Access

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, over the past six years, between the Africa Connect summit in 2007 in Kigali and the Transform Africa summit which started last Monday, mobile phone penetration in Africa has nearly tripled, from 23.5% to 63.5%.

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This whole potential seems amazing: a whole continent, connected and on the move.

According to an article published on What I Learned Today, when in the First World, we tend to only consider the smartphone & apps market while referring to “mobile phones”, it appears relevant to understand that the market is especially pyramidal in East Africa when it comes to mobile devices.

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