American citizen and EFF sue Ethiopian government for installing British spyware on laptop

A US citizen had government-grade spyware placed on his laptop by the Ethiopian government, who proceeded to monitor his Skype calls, instant messages, and his whole family's Internet use. Finspy, the software the Ethiopian regime used was provided by Gamma Group, a British company that makes and sells spyware exclusively to governments. They attacked the US citizen's computer while he was in the USA.

Source: Boing Boing

Who needs textbooks? 'Zambian iPad' goes to school

Whether it's learning how to read and write or setting up your own farm, a Zambian computer tablet -- known as the ZEduPad -- is trying to open up the country's information highway.

The brain child of British tech entrepreneur Mark Bennett, the ZEduPad principally teaches users basic numeracy and literacy skills, aimed at primary school children.

"It became clear that there was a huge need for this kind of technology," Bennett said, "particularly tablet technology, which has come a long way in Africa in recent years."

Source: Marketplace Africa

Kenya: Seacom's Pamoja Africa and Symantec Partner to Enhance Public Cloud Solution Rollout

Pamoja Africa, the Cloud services business unit of SEACOM, has entered into a partnership with Symantec - the security technology solutions provider - to distribute Symantec's suite of Cloud services in sub-Sahara Africa to meet growing security, compliance and archiving needs.

The alliance will ensure that Pamoja's expanding channel and service provider ecosystem has access to these services, thereby enabling transfer of value to customers and enhance Pamoja's objective of solidifying Africa's Cloud community.

Source: CIO East Africa

Computing – In Brief

- Under a grant from USAID, the Lubuto Library Project has set out to create lesson plans in Zambia’s seven national languages. The project aims to demonstrate that libraries can be a hub for both literacy learning and technology innovation in the field. Yesterday, the Mobiles for Education Alliance hosted a Twitter chat about the project.

Namibia: E-Justice Debuts in Namibia

Windhoek — Judges, legal practitioners and staff members of the Office of the Chief Registrar of the Superior Courts are in the process of user-testing the new e-Justice system to be introduced soon.

Source: New Era

Cisco sees silver lining in cloud take up in Africa

Cisco has released its results and analysts believe the network company is focused on the increased uptake of cloud computing across Africa going forward.

An ICT research analyst from Frost & Sullivan has reiterated the strategic importance of a projected increase in cloud computing in key markets throughout Africa to global networking company Cisco.

Source: ITNews Africa

Ivorian made educational tablet to be unveiled during Mobile World Congress

Qelasy is the name given to the tablet, which could soon be available to consumers all over Ivory Coast.

While some might consider the touted selling price as prohibitive for its intended usage, a closer look at the current state of things in Africa will quickly make them change their minds.

Indeed, the tablet is expected to be sold for around 274 Euros and will cover course material from 1st grade all the way to university. That equals to the price of about 5 books for the  common african high schooler.

Source: Afrique News

Computing – In Brief

- Microsoft under the 4Afrika initiative will offer financial support to five African start-ups in an effort to empower the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs in the continent. The five start-ups that will benefit from the initiative include access, mobile, Africa 118, Gamsole, Kytabu and Save & Buy.

Kenya: Laptop Project Set for April Rollout

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has said the laptop project will be rolled out before the end of this years' first quarter.

He said the tendering process was cancelled after the ministry realised that the cost of the laptops was higher than the initial estimate. Kaimenyi said the move saved the government Sh8 billion.
He was visiting the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation at Utalii House in Nairobi yesterday. Kaimenyi said the education ministry has put strategic measures in place to launch an open university.

Source: The Star

IBM starts rolling out Watson supercomputer in Africa

IBM began rolling out its Watson supercomputer system across Africa on Thursday, saying it would help to address continental development obstacles as diverse as medical diagnoses, economic data collection and e-commerce research.

Source: Reuters Africa