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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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Govt to continue with laptop project as 700,000 benefit

DnLAPTOPs1204rdpxDAILY NATION By OUMA WANZALA

Monday April 17, 2017

More than 700,000 Class One pupils out of 1.2 million have received tablet computers under the digital literacy programme, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

Mr Ruto said more pupils will receive the devices, which have been behind schedule since 2013.

“We will bring more schools on board,” the Deputy President said in a speech read on his behalf by Basic Education Director Leah Rotich during the 9th national secondary school students leadership conference at Bomas of Kenya.

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Private schools cry foul over laptop project

DNLaptop1806cDAILY NATION By GALGALO BOCHA

Tuesday April 11, 2017

Private schools have decried their exclusion from the Jubilee government’s laptop project, which involves issuance of tablets to public school pupils.

Private school managers argued that, despite their schools handling a large percentage of the country’s school going children, they have been sidelined in the use of digital learning devices under the Digital Literacy Programme.

Speaking at the 20th annual Directors Conference at Sai Rock Beach Hotel in Mombasa on Monday, Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) national chairperson Mutheu Kasanga called on Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to issue a policy directive on the matter.

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ICT policy must have diverse voices, not just coders and engineers

Bd-ICT internetDAILY NATION By NANJIRA SAMBULI

Monday April 10, 2017

This week, I came across a //medium.com/@fdamilola/career-options-in-tech-for-non-techy-nigerians-e98c7357c526">great piece on how those who do not write code can be contributors and players in our nascent ICT industries.

From Quality Assurance to Human Resource managers, the author did a good job of showcasing that the tech industry isn’t just for engineers and coders.

As the policy discussion on ICT shapes up to inform the desired knowledge economies in Africa, it is important to ensure the industry is not perceived as solely for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.

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Varsities and employers team up to resolve skills mismatch

chancellorspicDAILY NATION By OUMA WANZALA

Thursday April 06, 2017

Universities have teamed up with employers to resolve a mismatch between skills impacted in students and the demand in the market.

The objective is to network and link leaders from industry and universities for sustainability.

The initiative, university-industry sustainability platform, was launched at a conference organised by Pan Africa Christian (PAC) University in partnership with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and Visions of Hope for Africa.

Speaking at the event on Friday, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, commended the partnership saying it will play an important role to address the skills gap between academia and the industry.

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On track towards innovation target

internetpic2DAILY NATION By JEFF WANJOHI

Friday March 31, 2017

American technology magnate Bill Gates once said: “The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”

In Kenya, that tomorrow is already here, with more than 30 million Internet users recorded by last year, up from about 6 million in 2010, according to available online statistics.

Kenya’s Internet penetration has become the envy of every other country on the African continent.

In fact, the country’s 70 per cent Internet usage is much greater than that of all of its five neighbours in the East African Community put together.

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A blind person in Kenya can’t get a computer science degree. That’s unacceptable

bdcomputerFotosearchDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Have you ever tried to surf the web while your eyes are closed, or watched a movie without sound?

Or perhaps tried to write an email without the benefit of your hands?

These are the typical challenges people with disabilities go through every day. And in case you thought they are relatively few, statistics show that 10 per cent of Kenyans are challenged in one way or another.

This translates to over four million Kenyans, of whom 26 per cent have mobility, 19 per cent visual and 22 per cent audio or speech challenges.

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Stimulating creativity at grassroots

mucheepicDAILY NATION By JOE MUCHERU

Friday March 24, 2017

On Friday last week, I inaugurated a recording studio in the Koma-Rock area of Matungulu constituency in Machakos County that signals the beginning of the setting up of grassroots studios in three other counties to stimulate creativity.

Studio Mashinani is a project through which the government is taking recording studios to the grassroots where the majority of talented youth reside.

Five studios — two in Nairobi and one each in Machakos, Mombasa and Kisumu counties — have been completed and plans are under way to eventually spread out to all the counties. The studios are fitted with modern high-quality recording equipment.

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Beware reports ranking Kenya’s internet top in Africa

cybercafeDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Tuesday March 21, 2017

A recent report from Akamai ranked Kenya’s internet quality the best in Africa.  Indeed, it put Kenya ahead of most European countries in the broadband Internet ranking.

Other than the ICT Cabinet Secretary, who supported and explained the findings, the rest of us who live in Kenya may have viewed the findings of the report with some scepticism. But rather than dismissing the good news outright, I sought to understand the reasoning behind the ranking, by looking for the methods Akamai had used to place Kenya so highly.

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Kenya is now a target of global cybercrime - and we’re not ready

Cyber-securityDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Thursday March 16, 2017

Recent press reports indicate that Kenya’s progress in ICT has now matured, to a point where we are a target of interest for both global and local cybercriminals.

Banks, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), mobile operators and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are included in a list of major organisations cited as being recent victims of an elaborate cybercrime syndicate.

It is, indeed, a wake-up call for organisations, both in the private and public sector, to set up, fund and operationalise their information security departments. 

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Mucheru proposes interoperability of M-Pesa to tackle dominance

mucheru-picDAILY NATION By MUTHOKI MUMO

Sunday March 12, 2017

The government is pushing for interoperability rather than splitting of Safaricom in a bid to increase competition in the telecommunications sector.

ICT Secretary Joe Mucheru says proposals that M-Pesa should be separated from Safaricom would not on its own raise competition in the sector.

Rather, the minister said, the government prefers measures such as enforced interoperability, infrastructure sharing and price adjustments to level the playing field in the telecommunications sector.

“We have many, many methods of ensuring that there is fair competition without having to split companies,” said the minister during the Nairobi Innovation Week held at the University of Nairobi.

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