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Africa: Investment in ICT Will Reduce Africa's Poverty, Says Itu Boss

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, he private sector should invest more in the information communication technology (ICT) industry to increase Africa's connectivity that will help transform the continent, create jobs and reduce poverty.

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Mobile phones on the rise in Africa

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, Seven in ten Africans own their own mobile phones, with access essentially universal in Algeria and Senegal, according to Afrobarometer findings from across 34 countries.

The report, based on face-to-face interviews with more than 51,000 people, reveals that 84% use cell phones at least occasionally, a higher level of access than reported previously by the United Nations. Internet use is less common – with only 18% using it at least monthly.

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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.

Read the full article as publiched in ITNEWSAFRICA

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AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2013, 20-21 November 2013, Nairobi

The time has come for East Africa’s long heralded ICT revolution to start delivering results that improve the quality of life for the region’s citizens. The technology is available, the international communication links are in place, the need is clear. Now we need to mobilise smart implementation strategies at company, community, village, city, region, district and county levels to bring to realisation effective service delivery, citizen engagement, health and other social services and education. Through its range of in-depth specialist streams, AITEC East Africa 2013 will provide a unique platform for ICT professionals and managers from all sectors to gather information, contacts, and knowledge to take back to their organisations to empower them to accelerate delivery of results.

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2013 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT, 2-3 December 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The "2013 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT" is taking place on December 2-3, 2013 at the African Union Conference Centre (AUCC) and Office Complex in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event is organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT/P8 EU/FP7 funded project in the framework of the AUC Internet/ICT Week that will be held on Dec. 2-6 in Addis Ababa. This week is part of a series of events organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) / African Union (AU).

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3 Factors Required for Success with Mobile Technologies for Development

According to an article published on ICT works, Innovation and Best Practice in Mobile Technologies for Development is a review of innovation in the ICT entrepreneurship/mobile internet/mobile related applications space by Silvia Masiero, London School of Economics and Political Science. The paper aims to identify best practice in stimulating innovation in developing countries.

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Kgotla meetings on Botswana Speaks – South East South Constituency

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Caption: Kgosi Moilwa addressing his kgotla in Mogobane. Mrs Elizabeth Monare, Constiuency Officer for South East South (on the left)

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The Internet Is a Universal Human Right. Just Ask the Homeless

According to an article published on WIRED, Darrell Pugh uses cheese to teach computer skills. He thinks it puts his students at ease.

When Pugh teaches his students how to browse the internet, click on hyperlinks, copy and paste text, and even open and close browser windows, he takes them to Cheese.com, an online database of cheeses. There’s something about the site, he says, that makes them more comfortable, and they need all the comfort they can get. You may take those simple computer skills for granted, but Pugh’s students find them confusing and daunting. They’re afraid of breaking the computer — or even the whole internet — if they make a mistake.

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Voice of America: New Group Aims for Affordable Internet Access in Africa

Millions of people around the world are being left behind, unable to get the information they need to better their lives because they cannot afford internet access.Now that is about to change. The newly launched Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) aims to drive down the cost of broadband Internet access in developing countries.

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Broadband Penetration Isn't Correlated to Economic Growth, and Other Mysteries

According to an article published on BloombergBusinessweek, the UN’s Broadband Commission recently issued a report ranking every country on various Internet usage statistics, including mobile broadband penetration, throughout each country’s population.

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Innovation Africa 2013, 15-17 October 2013, Gaborone

Innovation Africa 2013 is organised under the patronage of the Botswana Ministry of Education & Skills Development. It continues the highly productive series of The Brains Network meetings-based summits with our unmatched track record in bringing government ministers and officials to join industry leaders in one-to-one meetings.

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Africa: Communication Minister Calls for Affordable and High Speed Internet in Africa

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According to an article published on allAfrica.com, the Minister for Communication, Dr Edward Omane-Boamah, has called African States to endeavour to provide high-speed internet at very affordable price and one of good quality for the benefits of everybody, irrespective of their location.

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Local Internet advertising is estimated to grow

South African Internet advertising revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.4% in the next five years. This is according to PwC's latest South African entertainment and media outlook, which shows SA's Internet advertising market is growing at nearly twice the global rate.

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South Africa is the fifth country in Africa for internet access

According to allAfrica.com, forty-one percent of South Africans use the internet, placing the country 5th in Africa and 92nd worldwide for individual internet usage, and above the world average of 35.7%, according to the 2013 State of Broadband Report released by the UN Broadband Commission on the weekend.

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Broadband internet is expanding but least developed countries still remain unconnected, UN Reports

With nearly two out of every five people in the world online by the end of the year, more than two-thirds of those living in developing countries will not have access to the Internet, the United Nations today reported in a global survey of broadband access.

The report, the second produced by the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, surveyed broadband access in 160 economies around the world. It reviewed progress on price, household and individual access, government broadband policy and gender, and access to high-speed technology.

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Botswana Speaks @ the official launch of the “Vision 2016 awareness month”

The Parliament of Botswana was represented at Tshane in Kgalagadi District last month (30-31 August) for the official launch of the “Vision 2016 awareness month”. This event was an opportunity to showcase a wide range of services that Government Departments and private companies render to the community in a mission to align them and demonstrate adherence to the seven pillars of Vision 2016. Therefore, the Parliament’s stall was showcasing the Botswana Speaks, as this initiative deeply contributes in achieving the Vision pillar 5 “An Open, Democratic and Accountable Nation”.

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Kenya: Revenue From E Learning

According to an article published in AllAfrica, Kenya is cited as one of the top African countries projected to experience a 38.9 per cent growth rate annually due to the adoption of digitization programs.The sharp rise in online higher education enrollment and uptake of e learning by corporates, will generate the highest revenue with earnings expected to more than double over the next two years,according to a forecast from Ambient Insight.

By Maureen Waruinge, 19 September 2013

Copyright © 2013 The Star.

Original source: AllAfrica

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Africa: Should Access to the Internet Be a Human Right?

Internet access was officially declared a right by the UN in 2011, eight years after the World Summit Information Society first met in 2003. Among their goals was to address the global digital divide; to "improve access to information and communication infrastructure and technologies as well as to information and knowledge; build capacity; increase confidence and security in the use of ICTs; create an enabling environment at all levels; develop and widen ICT applications." Despite this, a decade later, 68% of the world does not have access to internet.

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Botswana: Jakalas 1 school chases ICT dream

According to an article published on Daily News, in 2010, the Vision 2016 commemoration event swept through the village of Jakalas 1 in the North East District like the infamous Tsunami hurricane in a bumptious mode.

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Botswana: CAAB donates computers

According to an article published on Daily News, Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) on August 27 donated 12 computers and six printers to some schools in Kgalagadi South constituency.

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