Technology: Internet

With a general election coming up later this year, scrutiny of the Kenyan parliament should be stronger than usual. We hope that Mzalendo – one of the most respected and impartial sources of information on Kenya’s parliament – will feature heavily in that process. That’s why we’re delighted to be supporting them with a grant […]

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We’re delighted to be launching the new Indigo Trust website. We chose to revamp the site to make it easier to navigate and more intuitive to use for potential applicants, partners and others, while also making use of the open data streams we have published for several years about the grants that we make. While […]

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A mixed government, academic and private sector research team have released a report into the attitudes and behaviours of internet users in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The report reveals differences between users in MENA and globally concerning data privacy, government regulation of the internet and differing levels of trust in some of […]

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As movements like Equal Education point out, the education received by young people in post-Apartheid South Africa remainsvastly unequal, despite high government spending. Low levels of literacy lie at the heart of the porblme. This is exacerbated by lack of access to books and reading content. A mere 8% of public schools have a functional […]

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According to an IBM report released last week, Africa can beat the technology adoption gap.  The report concludes that the opportunities presented by ICT for development and for growth remain attainable for the fast-moving African ICT sector and beyond.  Crucially, this is contingent on proper investment in ICT infrastructure. It’s therefore good news that January […]

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With fibre optic broadband reaching Somalia and the launch of Africa’s first ‘indigenous’ smartphone in Nigeria, November saw a lot of causes for optimism in ICT in Africa. The Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Economy 2013, released by GSMA, has further stoked high expectations in the sector, predicting that mobile technology would create 6.6 million jobs in the region by […]

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Last month, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) held a conference in Geneva on Realising the potential of the internet to deliver global development and prosperity. While we were unable to attend, I have had a read of the conference report, which highlighted a few key issues:

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After almost 2 month’s in West Africa, I flew straight into Berlin for the Re:publica Conference, one of the world’s leading gatherings of techies and social activists, exploring how technology can help improve society across a huge range of themes.  It’s almost impossible to summarise the whole conference, which covered themes as varied as culture, […]

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1.    West Africa’s wait for high-speed broadband is almost over A cable linking West Africa to Europe will not only make it less frustrating to use the internet but could help achieve millennium development goals on education, health and the environment in December, when the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) broadband cable comes online. The France Telecom-led $700m system […]

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I wanted to write a super short post about a fascinating dinner which I attended last night, hosted by The World Wide Web Foundation and Portland Communications, with Sir Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web as the guest speaker. The intimate event focused on the Web Index which they are developing, which […]

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