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Telco infrastructure sharing not feasible, says association

DNNYERICOMMUNICATION1205pxDAILY NATION By BRIAN NGUGI

Tuesday August 15, 2017

A global association of mobile operators has cast doubt on the benefits of sharing infrastructure among telecoms players.

Kenya’s telecoms regulator has been pushing for shared infrastructure among the local players arguing this would heighten competition by reducing costs of deploying new network and see more frontier areas covered.

But the GSM Association — a global lobby for mobile operators — says in a new report that compelling telecom players inhibits effective competition.

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IEBC: There was attempt to hack system, it failed

chepDAILY NATION By SAMWEL OWINO

Thursday August 10 2017

The electoral commission last night confirmed that there were attempts by some people to hack into their result transmission system but the attempt did not go through.

IEBC Commissioner Yakub Guliye, who chairs the commission’s ICT committee, told the press that the system is intact and nobody had gained access despite the attempts.

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“We have seen attempts by some people to hack into our system but they did not succeed because we have invested heavily in surveillance system,” Prof Guliye said.

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Internet shutdown: Just beat it

socialmediaDAILY NATION By AUGUSTINE SANG

Monday August 7 2017

On February 18, 2016, our neighbours to the west went to cast their ballots in a hotly contested election.

Shortly after voting started, the Ugandan government shut down access to major social media sites in the East African country.

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Five months later, on July 15, a similar case of censorship hit Turkey after attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Experts call for more skills in ICT

delegetesDAILY NATION By JAMES NGUNJIRI

Thursday August 03, 2017

As unemployment rates continue to rise, many companies have cited a local skills gap as one of the major bottlenecks to growth particularly in Information Technology (IT).

This has led to a new push to build the next generation of skills needed to plug the widening gap.

Experts concur that the nature of work is evolving, and that is why so many technology-related jobs remain hard to fill.

This, is as industries from manufacturing to agriculture are reshaped by data science and cloud computing.

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IEBC servers, networks totally secure, Chebukati says

BVRDAILY NATION By COLLINS OMULO

Wednesday August 2 2017

Electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has assured Kenyans that the agency's poll systems and servers are safe and secure and that the team will deliver results as expected.

Addressing the media at the agency's offices at Anniversary Towers on Tuesday, Mr Chebukati said service providers are handling technical work at the agency and the death of ICT Manager Chris Msando will not affect the agency in delivering its mandate.

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Release poll results at your own peril: CS warns media

Joe Mucheru2DAILY NATION By NICHOLAS KOMU

Monday July 31, 2017

Media houses that will release election results before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission risk losing their licences, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has warned.

The CS was speaking at Ngangarithi AIPCA church in Nyeri County on Sunday when he said that the media houses will face prosecution for releasing results that have not been officially announced by an IEBC official.

“The law is very clear that only the IEBC can release election results, if anyone releases results before that, they will be shut down,” Mr Mucheru said.

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IEBC drafts technology firms to help secure August 8 vote

biometricDAILY NATION By PATRICK LANG'AT
Tuesday July 25, 2017

Three technology giants have been drafted to help protect the Kenyan vote.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said it had contracted IBM, Oracle and Dell to help it protect its systems during the election.

IEBC commissioner Roselyne Akombe, who refused to name the firms, expressed confidence that the deal would ensure the highest forms of digital security for the election.

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Africans need to grow technology, but on their own terms

Bd-ICT internetDAILY NATION By NANJIRA SAMBULI

Friday July 21, 2017

Technology, together with all the disruptions it causes, has secured a big part in narratives, norms and visions for Africa’s future.

The past half-decade alone has been an interesting showcase of the proven and the possible, and with it has come a set of narratives about the future of African technology that merit further discussion, and in some cases, debunking.

Here, I will discuss a few that, for me, range from the problematic to the outrageous, as well as those we need to build upon.

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Modern data centre, disaster recovery site set up for polls

IEBCdatapicDAILY NATION By PATRICK LANG'AT

Thursday July 13 2017

The electoral agency has set up a state-of-the-art data centre and a disaster recovery site for the August 8 elections.

This followed recommendations by the audit firm KPMG and the agency’s own mechanisms from 2015 to ensure integrity of election data.

“The findings of the audit were not a surprise, given that in 2015 the commission had already identified some of the shortcomings that required strategic interventions to ensure security, integrity and availability of critical data held by the commission,” Mr Wafula Chebukati, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, said in a statement Thursday.

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William Ruto said you can access 31 government services on your phone. He's mostly right

Huduma2107aDAILY NATION By A Reporter

Monday July 10, 2017

In an interview on Citizen TV Deputy President William Ruto accused the National Super Alliance of pledging to digitise government, yet the Jubilee government had already done that.

The Nasa Coalition in its manifesto pledges to “modernise all registries and administrative services, streamline processes, cut bureaucracy and instill a customer service culture.”

In its manifesto implementation document it also pledges to “avail a unified integrated digital system that captures every citizen’s information from birth and transits the data for national identification, passport issuance and voter registration.”

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State targets smartphones assembly after school laptops

MucheruCEODAILY NATION By STANLEY KIMUGE

Monday June 26, 2017

The government is exploring the possibility of manufacturing smartphones and other electronic gadgets at Moi University’s Rivatex assembling plant once the primary schools tablet contract comes to an end.

Information Communication Technology authority acting chief executive Robert Mugo on Wednesday said they are keen to position the country as the major regional ICT hub.

The ICT boss, who was touring the assembly plant in Eldoret, said the production plan could be in place within the next two years.

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Kenya's uneasy dance with Bitcoin

mucheru-picDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Frida June 23, 2017

Last week, KICTAnet organised a policy brief for the ICT community about Bitcoin and the Blockchain revolution, which is steadily gaining ground locally and breaking records globally.

So what exactly is Bitcoin and how does it differ from Blockchain? What are the risks and benefits of adopting these technologies at the individual, enterprise and national level?

The audience included ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru and thought leaders from academia, the private sector, civil society and the media.

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Forget the dead voters. The complementary system is a bigger risk to election

biometricDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Thursday June 15, 2017

Last week the electoral agency made two major moves that require review and analysis. 

The first was, of course, the widely published audit report of the voter register, followed by the equally important, but less glamorised, public testing of the electronic election systems.

Contrary to the public shock expressed about the number of dead voters still in the voter register, I would want to state that there is nothing shocking about dead voters being in the voter register.

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Digital training for Kenyan youth kicks off

joeDAILY NATION By WINNIE ATIENO

Tuesday June 6,2017

The government aims at training over one million youths to find and earn a decent wage from online employment, Information Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has said.

Speaking during the official opening of the five days training at the Kenyatta University, Mombasa campus, Mr Mucheru said the training is part of the Ajira Digital Programme, whose goal is to provide practical solutions to the unemployment challenge that the country faces.

He congratulated the 202 youths from the region selected for the training.

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State to roll out innovation hubs countrywide

internetpic2DAILY NATION By IRENE MUGO

Thursday May 25, 2017

The government plans to connect all constituencies across the country with free Wi-Fi.

The projects, known as Constituency Innovation Hubs, will cost Sh100 million, said ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru.

The minister said the platform will provide online work opportunities for the youth.

Mr Mucheru said about 10,000 people will be trained starting next month to equip them with skills on how to earn money online.

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The internet leaves Swahili internet users behind

cybercafeDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Tuesday May 24, 2017

The question of the language of the web has been on the international agenda for a while. The Internet, having been designed by English-speaking American scientists, is naturally English-centric and tends to crowd out other languages.

One report shows that English dominates 51per cent of all internet websites, with Russian websites coming in at a distant second with 6.5 per cent of the global sites, and Swahili registering a 0.1 per cent presence on the web.

Another report looks at the same data from the language perspective and shows that most Internet users are English-speaking, followed by Chinese and Spanish speakers respectively.  

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Secrecy exposes Kenya firms to higher risk of cyber attack

Cyber-securityDAILY NATION

Friday May 19, 2017

Private firms risk increased cyber attacks due to the high level of secrecy among them, which slows down the sharing of best practices in case of an attack.

The secrecy hinders sharing of vital information, preventing the implementation of best practices.

Cyber security reporting should be industry-driven as the State Department for ICT has no mandate to force firms to report online crimes.

And even if policies and laws are put in place, not all private sector firms will be willing to share such information.

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Boost for security as Govt inks deal with Chinese tech group

UKDAILY NATION By PSCU

Monday May 15, 2017

Police in Nakuru, Kisumu and Eldoret are set to be equipped with modern radio communication systems after the Kenyan government signed a deal with Chinese technology group Huawei.

Chinese tech group Huawei Technologies announced the donations at a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta at their headquarters in Beijing on Sunday.

The equipment includes 6 eNodeB Stations, 150 Radio Trunking Terminals and a Radio Trunking System Core Network and Dispatch System.

The President also witnessed the signing of an agreement between Huawei and the Government of Kenya for Huawei to develop a Government Cloud Services Project.

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Police hunt thieves who stole computer tablets

tabletspicDAILY NATION By FADHILI FREDRICK

Tuesday May 9, 2017

Police in Kwale County are hunting thieves who stole 95 computer tablets at Mwena Primary School.

Lunga Lunga OCPD Charles Ouma confirmed that unknown people broke into the school on Sunday night and made away with the digital devices bought by the government under Digital Literacy Programme (DLP).

Mr Ouma said 18 of the tablets were donated by an NGO from Netherlands to assist children in acquiring digital skills.

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Posta searches for firms to develop mobile platform

Joe Mucheru ICTDAILY NATION By SANDRA CHAO-BLASTO

Friday May 28, 2017

The Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK) is looking for local and international mobile software developers to integrate all the services they offer into a mobile application.

According to an expression of interest notice, Posta sought to find a company that would customise the ePosta application to run on Android, Windows and iOS devices.

“PCK wishes to develop one mobile application that has all its products and services. The application should be so deployed that it can be downloaded from appropriate market places,” said Posta.

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