Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Technology & Convergence

- Nigeria: Mid-Jan. 2012, DStv Mobile introduced the Walka into the Nigerian market, a DVB-H handheld TV device which enables DSTV subscribers to watch television on the move. With the new Walka device, subscribers within DSTV Mobile network coverage areas in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Ibadan, Enugu, Benin, Onitsha, Aba and Asaba will now have access to the channels on the DSTV Mobile DVB-H network.

- As we have seen over the Middle East and African social protests, technology turns anyone with a modern mobile phone into a cameraman—and international broadcaster... Guardian Project and Witness, two non-profit groups, are developing some software called Obscuracam (available iPhone, etc). It lets mobile-phone users upload video with the metadata stripped out and people’s faces pixelated to protect their identities. Another work in progress is Informacam, which will add location information and a digital seal that shows if a file has been tampered with. That would allow someone to upload both a sanitised version for public viewing and a verified version to a secure server to provide legally solid evidence if necessary. Full story here: