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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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Angola, Namibia, Nigeria Fastest Growing Countries In Africa

According to an article published on Ventures Africa, Angola, Namibia and Nigeria are the fastest growing countries in Africa in terms of wealth per capita, according to a report by New World Wealth.

The countries were ranked by wealth growth between 2000 and 2013. Angola recorded a percentage growth of 527 percent, Namibia had 289 percent and Nigeria recorded 275 percent growth. Zimbabwe came last on the list, recording a negative growth rate of 10 percent.

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Kenya: ICT Firms to Showcase Latest Innovations At Digital Fair

ICT stakeholders are set for a major digital exposition, aimed at bridging the huge gap between the rate of innovations and their adoption, which threatens the fast developing local industry.

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A new horizon for African-European research links

According to an article published on SciDev.Net, for scientists across Europe, last month marked the official start of a fresh wave of funding opportunities from the European Union (EU). On 11 December, the European Commission finally released the detailed topics and budgets available for the first two years of Horizon 2020, the EU’s eighth research and innovation funding package, worth nearly €80 billion (around US$110 billion) in total from 2014 to 2020.

 

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iMENTORS Newsletter: Use, re-use and combine data.Plus: trade ideas and information

iMENTORS, that begun in April 2012 by Stockholm UniversityandGov2u, launched version three in December 2013 and is one step closer to mapping the majority of e-infrastructure (resources, tools and data supporting community research and development) of the past five years in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to lay a foundation for better services, encourage research and connect cross-continental progress. Click here to read the latest issue

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IT engineers, Students, Researchers, Users, Providers...the third version of iMENTORS is for You

 

iMENTORS, that begun in April 2012 by Stockholm UniversityandGov2u, launched version three in December 2013 and is one step closer to mapping the majority of e-infrastructure (resources, tools and data supporting community research and development) of the past five years in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to lay a foundation for better services, encourage research and connect cross-continental progress.

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2014 West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) Conference to take place in March

Building a State of the Art Network Infrastructure for Research and Education

WACREN will hold its first annual conference on 13 March 2014.

Focused on cost-effective access to high-capacity bandwidth, connectivity and services, the conference will bring together members of the community, decision and policy makers, international partners and communication services providers to get updates from the various NRENs in the region and discuss infrastructure, interconnection and other technical issues.

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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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iMENTORS-a crowdsourcing map on ICT infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa goes live!

iMENTORS goes live and is one step closer to becoming the most comprehensive crowdsourcing map on ICT infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa! Register and create your profile on the platform. Do not forget to send us your feedback on the beta version of the platform!

Check out the map now: www.imentors.eu/map.html

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