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July 2012 Blog Posts (44)

e-Democracy for Meaningful Development and Strengthening Governance

Democracy means different things to different people as a result of their values, philosophy, culture, environment, status, inclination, enlightenment and experience.

Democracy entails the process of considering various options and views before arriving at a decision based on mutual consensus. It is consultative and multi dimensional in nature. The quality of the process, input and results are based on the knowledge and preference of the community…

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Added by Rising Osazuwa on July 15, 2012 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

Regulatory Authorities in Uganda

Government’s involvement is primarily of: -The Ministry of ICT/ National Information and Communications Authority Uganda (NITA-U) for integration and coordination of the different ICT activities in both the public and private sectors and initiation and development of ICT Policy advice and strategy. -Through the Uganda Law Reform Commission the Government sets an enabling legal framework. -The Uganda Communications Commission (now merged with the Uganda Broadcasting Council) and Uganda…

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Added by Enock Othin on July 15, 2012 at 3:54pm — No Comments

NATIONAL INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY

FOREWORD

It has been established that information is a key factor for any development process. In light of the catalytic role that information plays in national development, government has set up a policy framework to ensure optimum utilization of this resource towards socio-economic development.  For government to implement the long term national development programmes like the Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP), the Plan for Modernization of Agriculture (PMA), and others,…

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Added by Enock Othin on July 15, 2012 at 3:51pm — No Comments

E-voting in the Philippines

Philippines is a country in Asia and is one of the South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). They were one of the first countries in the continent to try and use e-voting in their last presidential elections.

The Philippines is one of the most corrupt countries in Asia and vote buying, bribery etc. is very common. It is also one of the poorest countries, with a huge population that earns less than a dollar a day. It is also interesting to note that the Philippines is a Catholic…

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Added by Bruce Avasadanond on July 14, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Whom to blame for poor online security

Today we all woke up to another bitter truth of another public big figure of the Internet being hacked into and details of users' credential posted on websites. The hacking into yahoo described as a union-based SQL injection that managed to exploit 450K users' credentials joins the rest that had happened, the ones we were trying to forget like the linkedin incident.

The credentials of…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on July 13, 2012 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Mexican experience of e-voting

Mexico, formally the United Mexican States is a federal constitutional republic, the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) is responsible for organizing federal elections, The Institute is an autonomous, public organization. Mexico is a federation of thirty-one free and sovereign states and one Federal District, each state has its own electoral institute. In Mexico, the…

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Added by Erika-Yamel Munive on July 13, 2012 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Ethiopian Telecom law affirms Skype’s legality

Addis Ababa, July 12 (WIC) - The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) yesterday approved the draft Proclamation on Telecom Fraud Offences as Proclamation 761/2012.

The draft legislation had been referred to the Science, Communication and Technology Standing Committee of the House on May 24, 2012 for further consideration. 

http://www.mfa.gov.et/news/more.php?newsid=862

Added by Charles Oloo on July 13, 2012 at 10:59am — No Comments

East Africa Internet Governance Forum

Hi everyone,

Is there anyone attending the East Africa Internet Governance Forum (EAIGF) in Nairobi, Kenya on 17th and 18th July 2012? I would like to meet with you. I will be making a presentation.

Added by Sarah Kiden on July 12, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Open call for proposals: exploring the emerging impacts of open data in the south

In recent years, a diverse coalition of actors has pushed the creation and diffusion of open data programmes around the world. Governments, international organizations, businesses, academics, media, civil society  organizations, and web developers have embraced and sponsored open data programs, creating large expectations for open data as a suitable remedy for challenges of good governance, economic growth, social inclusion, innovation, and participation.

Though in many cases this…

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Added by Charles Oloo on July 12, 2012 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

Invitation to the EAIGF

The East Africa Internet Governance Forum (EAIGF) has now been moved to Nairobi and will take place on July 17-18 at Jacaranda Hotel. It will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Information and the Africa Telecommunications Union (ATU-UAT).

The EAIGF will be on 17th while the 18th will be dedicated to ITRs consultations. For more information and the tentative programme,



Please see http://www.eaigf.or.ke



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Added by Robert Kikonyogo on July 10, 2012 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Africa needs more Geeks!

This may sound funny but its not! Africa needs more geeks. Technology makes this world go round and Africa should start playing a part in pushing the earth to rotate on its axis.



We need a culture of research right from primary schools. Most of our curricula are ridiculously outdated. When I was doing my computer science degree, our syllabus was like 15 years old. This does not auger well for our development.…
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Added by Enock Othin on July 9, 2012 at 8:49am — No Comments

ICT savvy youths should be willing to share: A key to developing ICT in Africa

I have noted with disdain the manner at which most knowledgeable youths are not willing to share their knowledge for development purposes. Rather, they are caught in the capitalist way of perpetual pursuit of profit. Let me begin by asking all youths, “If knowledge is the key, how many doors have you unlocked?  Of all those unlocked doors, how many have used those doors with you?” The point I am making is that, let us not be selfish with knowledge. Let it be a way to development in…

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Added by Enock Othin on July 9, 2012 at 8:47am — No Comments

Re: The Future of computing rests on mobile devices

With the rapid expansion of mobile usage in the world, the future of computing entirely rests on mobile devices. It therefore, makes a lot of sense for youth in business to start focusing on solutions that enable Enterprise Mobility.

Added by Enock Othin on July 9, 2012 at 8:41am — 1 Comment

Uganda Holds 4th Internet Governance Forum

Dear Diplo members,

The Uganda online discussions will commence today. The discussions will build on what was discussed last year at the Uganda IGF and also feed into the Uganda Internet Governance forum to be held in early August. A date will be communicated on this list in the coming week.

Now, this year, we have identified a number of topics for discussion…

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Added by Robert Kikonyogo on July 9, 2012 at 8:39am — 1 Comment

ICT as key driver in green revolution

Despite what seems to be the ICT industry’s own negative, albeit relatively minimal environmental impact and the slow process as to which major industries are implementing green ICT, there are still areas where ICT itself can still be a key tool in ensuring a sustainable green economy.



The European Commission identified several key roles where ICT can be used to achieve these goals.



For instance, “smart”…
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Added by Enock Othin on July 9, 2012 at 8:37am — No Comments

Social Media Is Beneficial to Small Business

Opinion from KENYA.

Wahome was the name of the shop keeper in my neighborhood. Anything that was not bought in a supermarket was bought from Wahome's shop. He supplied our household and our neighbour's households with milk, matches, sugar and other sundries that ran out before the next trip to the supermarket.…

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Added by Enock Othin on July 9, 2012 at 7:46am — No Comments

Debate rages in Hungary over who has the power to shut down a website

There's a debate raging in Hungary right now about who has the power to shut down an anti-Semitic website. The site is hosted by a webserver in the USA although edited and operated from Hungary. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has written to the US Congress and asked then to 'assist in terminating the anti-Semitic provocations in…

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Added by Mary Murphy on July 6, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Rudi International: An experience on e-participation, the first month!

Rudi International: An experience on e-participation, the first month!

I am going to share with you an evaluation of our e-debates on ICTs. Rudi International is the organization I am Co-founder of and now the Executive Director. The organization aims to link the African diaspora with those on the continent inciting them all to partake to the development of Africa. We launched an ICT specialized program,…

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Added by Arsene Tungali on July 5, 2012 at 10:18am — No Comments

In the name of ICT for Development, Africa is becoming an E-Waste dumping ground.

Electronic waste, e-waste, e-scrap, or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) describes discarded electrical or electronic devices. Informal processing of electronic waste in developing countries causes serious health and pollution problems. Some electronic scrap components, such as CRTs, contain contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, and brominated flame retardants. Even in developed countries recycling and disposal of e-waste may involve significant risk to…

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Added by Enock Othin on July 5, 2012 at 9:36am — 10 Comments

Africa: Using Information and Communication Technology to Protect Citizens Against Natural Disasters

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), for example, are helping local governments identify flood zones on maps, measure communities' vulnerability to flooding, and plan for new flood-prevention infrastructure like drainage systems and levees. Through mobile phones, citizens are being alerted via SMS texts to coming floods or cyclones. And Early Warning Systems are simulating weather patterns and predicting disasters in advance. These tools,…

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Added by Enock Othin on July 5, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments

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