Internet News - In Brief


- About 7,000 workers who were hired to lay a high speed fibre optic internet cable from Kampala to Rwanda are threatening to destroy the cables over Shs200 million if they are not paid. The labourers are now unemployed following their lay-off by the 23 local companies that were subcontracted by Green Future to trench and lay the Shs16 billion fibre optic cable, belonging to Kenya Data Networks.

- In a keynote address, entitled "Nigerian Youths: A Call to Possibilities" at the 26th Convocation of the University of Port Harcourt, President Goodluck Jonathan promised to relate more often with the youths with a view to sharing ideas with them on socio-economic and political values best for Nigeria, saying that "as part of my contribution to this debate I will set up a Facebook account that will focus primarily on the exchange of ideas".

- In Liberia, cowardly mischief makers, possibly with the backing of some higher-ups over the weekend hacked into the web-site of the New Democrat disfiguring it with a photograph and a message scrawled on it which read: “can you feel it, your rage feeds our power”. This paper was alerted to the hacking when series of telephone calls, some from Germany, England, the United States and started coming in making inquiries. This is the second time the New Democrat website has been hacked.

- Federal Government weekend launched its own home grown e-Business search engine called Business Index Nigeria (BIN), that would henceforth speedily facilitate the country's e-commerce activities within and outside the country. Executive Director and CEO of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr. David Adulugba, said the advantage from this, is the promotion of Nigeria's products and services into the global market for patronage. He said FG's new domain website for searching products and services produced in Nigeria is now

- A project that was meant to make the internet accessible to Johannesburg's library users was not delivered because the contractor, Masana Technologies, went into liquidation. The failure of the project has particularly compromised disadvantaged youths, many of whom use township libraries.

- Ipsos Middle East and Africa launches the latest service in its bouquet of service offerings, ‘Online Research’ which is the latest in online data capturing, calculating website hits (visits) on various local and regional websites. Ipsos measures the number of visitors and visits for each website in addition to calculating the percentage of hits each website receives, and the number of pages that users visit. Researchers can now distinguish the percentage of website viewers and the number of times they viewed the page, the number of pages they visited and the duration of each visit per website or webpage.