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Why is there low uptake of teleworking in developing world?

Basing on the enormous advantages of teleworking or telecommuting as known by many, one would wonder why its not embraced in the developing world. Available statics about teleworking only have figures for America, Europe, Asia and Pacific regions but not Africa. Since Africa usually represents the biggest majority of the developing world, this question of low uptake of teleworking will focus much on Africa.…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on November 23, 2013 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Taste of Cyber Crime in Developing Nations - The Ugandan Version

During the online classes on cyber security at Diplo Foundation a lot was discussed about cyber security and cyber crime. At that time most of the discussion points seemed alien to some of us from developing countries, sorry my country Uganda is not a developing nation but an underdeveloped country with out a cyber security team in police, no CERT teams whatsoever in the nation and a very naive society as regards cyber…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on May 8, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

Demographic effects on Social media and Internet penetration

Demographically we have three generations, that is X, Y and Z. Although the years of 'cohort start' of these generations are not truly distinct, these generations can be used in studying on how Internet and Computer penetration has affected different generations. For starters, generations XY and…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on March 25, 2013 at 9:40pm — No Comments

The Internet and the way we find love

When studying computer and collaborative education back then in high school, we used to mention a number of advantages and benefits of the Internet but there was this advantage that, I come to see today, we never used to mention. I am not sure whether the Internet was not yet developed enough to be considered as a means for online dating or we were not mature enough to be given that…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on February 15, 2013 at 7:34am — No Comments

Is the problem Anonymity? Social networks and bad practices

On a couple of times we have been told to act responsibly on and off the Internet. By that we are advised to keep our selves secure and at the same time meant to maintain security of other people who rub with and tag along us on the social networks.

By our culture and upbringing we are always asked to act our age…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on January 15, 2013 at 10:28pm — 5 Comments

Effects of Social Media and IM platforms to Mobile Phone SMS

It is now time to get back to work, no more honey moons, parties have ended and 'business as usua'l is the word on every one's mind.

Before we get back to business, what happened before this 'business as usual'? Christmas and New year celebrations among the 'Christ believing' groups as well as those who celebrate this long holiday. Blogging had a little been paused and a good number of office mails had stopped. But one thing that…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on January 5, 2013 at 8:28am — 2 Comments

Cloud computing: The developing world perspective

The word cloud computing sounds like a very new word but in reality cloud services have been in place for a very longtime. There has been many cloud services in place for quite a long time although the terminology seems new. People who have been using free web-mail services like those offered by yahoo, google, hotmail, to mention but a few are some of the people who have been using cloud services for that long.

What then is…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on December 3, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Will holding the IGF12 in Baku improve the freedom of Expression in Azerbaijan?

Although it's up to debate, whether right or wrong, many people I talked to portrayed this picture that there is limited freedom of speech in Azerbaijan. From a number of speakers in the different workshops, the point continued to manifest it's self and sink deeper. It can be a point of denial or a point to reject but the it's near fact that there is limited freedom of speech in a country that successfully hosted the IGF12.

From…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on November 15, 2012 at 7:35am — 2 Comments

IGF12, the BAKU experience

As it has always been said, the IGF conference is just the final of all IG issues that take place through out the year, the experience of IGF12 was also at it's climax in Baku.

It all started with travel experiences, staying close to 24 hours in transit to a beautiful reception and acceptance in Baku. The city of fire as referred to Baku city by the locals, received us (Uganda delegation) late in the evening, very tired but all…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on November 14, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Q &A session with Wim Degezelle on ngTLD

After a session on Critical Internet Resources (CIRs), I was blessed to have a 'corner' one-on-one session with Wim Degezelle from Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR). During the workshop, I had generated a number of questions that needed attention about the implementation of the New generic Top Level Domains (ngTLDs). Wim was very willing to answer the questions.…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on November 13, 2012 at 6:20pm — No Comments

African IGF is growing - - A report from the African IGF in Baku

Being an African, I couldn't miss attending a workshop on African IGF and I have to report, there was nothing to loose as all was to gain.

As usual we kicked off with the introduction of the panelists which was followed by a small recap and report from previous IGF held in Cairo. The past African IGF was held in Cairo with assistance from the government of Egypt, APC, google to mention but a few with an aim of having a platform…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on November 10, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Big Data

Just as Garland Miccoy called it, Big Data Workshop was the most attended workshop save for the opening session. When Garland came to out booth looking for Vladimir to moderate this workshop, I wondered what Vladimir was going to do given that Diplo was involved in another workshop 149 in room 11 at the same time on 'Location of Data and it's implication for Economic Development'. As a person at the booth I did not mind linking Garland to…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on November 8, 2012 at 6:05pm — No Comments

Multiplier Effect principle for Sustainable Internet Governance Capacity Building

Today after the workshop on Capacity building in Room 11, I and a colleague of mine approached Jovan for a 'corner' conversation. We had this idea of how do we utilise 'the multiplier effect' in capacity building.

Diplo and other IGCBPrograms have trained a couple of people closing to 4000 people. When I looked in the room, we were not more than 30 people…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on November 7, 2012 at 9:43pm — 2 Comments

SMS and MMS Spaming

After a long outcry of Ugandans about spam text messages on their phones, some coming from short code content providers, Telecommunication service providers and at times commercial companies advertising their products, the communication regulatory body UCC has decided to regulate mobile content service provision.…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on October 25, 2012 at 1:09pm — No Comments

DNSSEC Adaptation in developing Africa

When we get Internet browsing needs, we go to the web browser and type in names. We memorise a number of Internet names off our heads, the ones we usually use. We are however informed every now and then that the Internet works with numbers (digits) but humans cannot cram those numbers to represents our web-pages. There is therefore a system which translates Internet names (known to humans) to Internet numbers (known by the computers and Internet). This is system…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on October 22, 2012 at 10:26am — No Comments

Remarks at the FT-ETNO Summit Ambassador Kennard on the Future of the Internet

In regards to the ETNO proposal to the ITRs, I would wish to share the response by Ambassador Kennard.

In a nut-shell, Don't fix it unless it is broken. The current system is working just fine and it's change could only brake it!

He also mentions about the effects of the ETNO proposals to the emerging markets. The proposals once adopted, will just make it harder for the emerging markets to enjoy the Internet.

The remarks can be found at:…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on October 9, 2012 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Our Online Safety and Privacy-What can we do to maintain it?

Even in the developing nations, Internet is respected as an enabler. No doubt about this as more and more people are using Internet to go about business. Statements have come out predicting that by the year 2022, Internet will be a 'must' of life. In the same line the UN is moving to make broadband access a human right. It is with no doubt now that Internet is moving to rule our lives, in education, medicines, communications (emails and so on),…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on October 6, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments

Are you for ‘sender-party-pays’ for Internet traffic principle?

After reading Vladimir Radunovic's Blog on Net neutrality, I finally Understand the principle of 'Sender-party-pays' as proposed by the ETNO (Europeans Telecommunication Network Operators' Association) which has been appearing in a number of documents I have been reading with out understanding it's actual meaning.

First and foremost, as some…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on October 1, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Will changes in the ITRs affect the digital divide?

In November 2012, Baku is hosting the IGF meeting with the theme, ‘Internet Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development’, and great focus on Internet Governance for Development, Emerging Issues, Managing Critical Internet Resources, Security, Openness and Privacy, Access and Diversity,Taking Stock and the Way Forward…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on September 23, 2012 at 9:18pm — 2 Comments

Fibre Optic Cable Cutting disrupting Internet Usage in developing nations

Africa and East Africa in particular was having relatively a stable Internet connection although slow and expensive when Internet was basically through satellite links. When Optic fibres (submarine cables) arrived at the East African coast, with their vast advantages, many people, organisations and even government agencies switched from satellite to fibre Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

All seemed great at the start, with high…

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Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on September 9, 2012 at 12:56pm — No Comments

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