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July 2012 Blog Posts (44)

Curiosity rises as IEBC biometric tender put off

Kenya’s electoral body faces a race against time to put in place an electronic voter registration system after cancelling a Sh3.9 billion tender on the back of intense public scrutiny.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is boxed into a corner with elections just seven months away and the spectre of a return to the much-faulted manual voter registration, blamed for the rigging that marred the ill-fated 2007 polls



Added by Charles Oloo on July 31, 2012 at 8:45am — No Comments

Copy Right law in India as at 17TH MAY, 2012

Hello Members,

What is the way forward in your country about this issue? For example, according to India’s latest copyright law it is clearly indicates that, in the case of any unpublished work or any work published or communicated to the public and the work is withheld from the public in India, the author is dead or unknown or cannot be traced, or the owner of the copyright in such work cannot be found, any person may apply to the Copyright Board for a license to publish or…


Added by Robert Kikonyogo on July 30, 2012 at 6:02pm — 1 Comment

Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Press Conference

Hello Members,

Please have a look at this Video on Cyber Security by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, joined Sens. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) to discuss the Cyber security Act of 2012.

More info click here:…


Added by Robert Kikonyogo on July 30, 2012 at 5:41pm — No Comments

[Webinar] Cable connections and the cost of Internet access

Our July webinar is coming up! Join us next Tuesday, 31st July, at 13:00 GMT, to discuss a much-awaited topic: cable connections and the cost of Internet access.

The number and capacity of cable connections affect the cost of access to the Internet. Yet, there are other factors that come into play, including the cost of laying these connections, control over access to the connections, and 'last mile' (or 'local loop') costs. While access costs have decreased in the past few years,…


Added by Diplo IGCBP on July 29, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Social Censorship in India: Much Ado About Nothing.

Another year, another attack on the Internet. Lately, though, it’s not a loose collective of individual hackers sitting in dark rooms trying to wreak havoc. This time, stronger forces and vested interests are stepping into the game.

In the U.S., bills that threaten how content is shared online surfaced in Congress. Large media companies are leveraging their power to team up with some elected officials. These forces are being met with resistance courtesy of some of the most esteemed…


Added by Enock Othin on July 26, 2012 at 9:34am — No Comments

Ethiopian Government Bans Skype, Google Talk And All Other VoIP Services

The Ethiopian government, Al Jazeera reports, has criminalized the use of Skype and other VoIP services like Google Talk. Using VoIP services is now punishable by up to 15 years in prison. This law actually passed last month, but mostly went unnoticed outside of the country. Ethiopian authorities …


Added by Enock Othin on July 26, 2012 at 9:19am — No Comments

Internet bundling and it's effects to Internet penetration in developing countries

East Africa being a community of developing countries, has been blessed with the appearance of three submarine cables* at the East African coast. Coming from satellite Internet which is known to have a minimum…


Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on July 22, 2012 at 2:40pm — 3 Comments

Raytheon to develop cyber maneuver technology for US Army

 Hello Diplo Alumni,

Good news for US for getting the new technology called “Cyber maneuvering”

Raytheon has received a $3.1 million contract to develop technology for Morphing Network Assets to Restrict Adversarial Reconnaissance (MORPHINATOR), a program that uses cyber maneuvering techniques to thwart potential attackers in high-threat environments. Cyber maneuver is the technique of dynamically modifying aspects and configurations of networks, hosts and applications in a…


Added by Robert Kikonyogo on July 21, 2012 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Online Child Labour

As we talk about child rights and child protection on the Internet, a new word in this vocabulary has been developed, 'online child labour'. Although it is a set of words, I strongly believe it is coming down too fast. As the UN has always been fighting against child labour and other child exploitation practices, there is a possibility that no one had ever thought about child labour on the Internet.…


Added by Mayengo Tom Kizito on July 20, 2012 at 10:46am — 2 Comments

Partnership with Mobile Operators in the Mobile Services Domain

Unfortunately, it is a complex situation. It is a mix of what is the current situation, where we should go, and what the benefits are, from different stakeholders’ perspectives: mobile operators, NGOs, entrepreneurs, donors, regulators, etc. First of all, there are roles and functions that only mobile operators are performing. It is important to identify these roles.

Added by Enock Othin on July 20, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

RTI: right and wrong at the same time

RTI is a step in the right direction, but it is also a step in the wrong direction.

You couldn't find more ambiguity in a single line, but it comes from a report that is unequivocal in its concern that Real Time Information, HM Revenue & Customs' programme for employers to provide it with up-to-date information for PAYE, could be in for some serious problems.

The All-Party Parliamentary Taxation Group (APPTG) has flagged up its concerns within its new PAYE at the crossroads…


Added by Enock Othin on July 19, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Information commissioner welcomes 'step change' in transparency

Christopher Graham, the information commissioner, heralds the coalition's open data white paper as "a step change" in commitment to transparency in government and public services.

Among the aims outlined in the paper are easier access to public data, more standardised formatting and embedding a 'presumption to publish' most data. In Graham's view, the document represents an extension of the progress made over a number of years with freedom of information.

"We don't see open…


Added by Enock Othin on July 19, 2012 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Immigration IT system runs £28m over budget

National Audit Office finds UK Border Agency's £385m immigration IT system is late and over budget.

The UK Border Agency Immigration Case Work system suffered from a "loss of focus, poor governance structures and optimism bias", according to the National Audit Office. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The UK Border Agency's £385m Immigration Case Work…


Added by Enock Othin on July 19, 2012 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Cross Cutting Issues from the National IGFs of East African Countries

(not in any order, not exhaustive)

Cyber- security

Open Data and e-Government

Intermediary Liability

Inclusion of youth and women

Local content

Added by Grace Mutung'u on July 17, 2012 at 11:12am — 1 Comment

2013 International Conference on Green Computing, Networking, and Communications

ICGCNC 2013 Conference organized by American Institute of Sustainable Science & Technology will take place in Shanghai on 17 Apr 2013.

The International Conference on Green Computing, Networking, and…


Added by Enock Othin on July 17, 2012 at 10:14am — No Comments

Youth and ICT – A Powerful Combination for Promoting Leadership

The information and communication technology (ICT) revolution has radically changed the world we live in. Young people in particular have demonstrated an aptitude in developing, adopting and disseminating such technologies, and their leadership role in this sphere is evident throughout both the industrialized and developing world. In fact, it is common practice for adults to learn ICT skills from youth.

Despite its advantages, ICT adoption in much of Africa…


Added by Enock Othin on July 16, 2012 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Protection of Privacy, Anonymity and Freedom of Expression

Syuzan Marukhyan, Katitza Rodriguez

Recently Diplo Foundation has initiated a new on-line course on Privacy and Data Protection. The course provided an interesting opportunity to learn from comprehensive reading materials, as well as to participate in acute discussions with peers from around the world. The third week of the Course was mainly devoted to the issues of privacy, anonymity and freedom of speech. After a week of intensive reading…


Added by Susan Marukhyan on July 16, 2012 at 7:54pm — 2 Comments

Ways to accomplish Microsoft Registry Repair

If you're a user of any kind of operating-system of Microsoft, in that case you'd have certainly run into numerous troubles relevant to its registry. These kinds of registry problems are not good for your computer since these typically reduce the speed of your PC and also result in failures repeatedly. They might additionally bring about particular software errors as well as bring about lock-ups of your personal computer. All of this will in the end lead to the decreased functionality of the…


Added by John Gwog on July 16, 2012 at 11:13am — No Comments

Harm done by Trojan Computer Virus

You can find limitless people around the world who have to make use of the PC and also the online world constantly and you'll find several reasons for this. A few people may have to go surfing to be able to look for specific information and facts that they might need while some individuals are incredibly social and so they might have to check their very own social networking sites often. Nevertheless, there would be a lot of students who have to explore the internet in order to make their…


Added by John Gwog on July 16, 2012 at 11:11am — No Comments

Network Neutrality in Uganda

Orange Telecom now offers free access to wikipedia for mobile data users in 20 countries. It's not perfect; users only get free access to the mobile version of the site which lacks the functionality required to contribute, however a vast archive of human knowledge is now significantly more accessible to tens of millions of people. Excellent news indeed! 

Or, is…


Added by Enock Othin on July 16, 2012 at 8:58am — 2 Comments

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