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Computer News - In Brief

- Two weeks ago at G-Uganda and G-Kenya Developer Day events, members of the Google Education team talked about Google Code University (GCU), an online course repository containing educational material, tutorials, lecture slides and videos focused entirely on computer science. The content—developed by the best schools around the United States, and some of which is used to train Google engineers—is cutting-edge. And because everything is Creative Commons licensed, instructors can download the materials and reuse it in their classes. GCU is free to use and does not require sign-in.

- In Nigeria, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) agency for Development of Science and Technology has concluded plans to take over all the science and technology secondary schools in Abuja. Already, the agency has taken over Government Science and Technical College Garki, and is about to completely take over the ones in Pyakasa, Abaji, Kuja, and Tungamaji, while the only Science and Technology University in FCT which is under construction when completed will also be under the agency.

- Kenya’s Digital Village initiative, which was rolled out in 2008 with the purpose of narrowing the digital divide between rural and urban areas, and accelerating the growth of ICT in Kenya, received a boost this week when a team of IBM Corporate Service Corps consultants (CSC) from seven different countries arrived in Nairobi for a one month project aimed at defining a rollout strategy for the project.

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