Computer News - In Brief

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- In Zimbabwe, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has announced a review of ICT legislation. The organisation has circulated a questionnaire asking whether the Posts and Telecommunications Act, Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and Broadcasting Services Act (BSA) have overlapping functions and whether it is possible to consolidate them into one Act.

- Tunisia's positive international rankings have just been comforted with the latest ranking by the latest 2007-2008, World Economic Forum "Global Technology Report" which ranks the country 35th globally with an overall score of 4,33 and the 1st in Africa inso far as networked readiness in concerned. But be aware, the country still censured the Internet!

- IBM has donated a $1.6 million supercomputer, Blue Gene/P to the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Meraka Institute. The aim of the donation is to enable Sub-Saharan Africa to extend its knowledge, skills base and research in science and technology.

- Opera Software launched Opera 9.6, the newest version of its Web browser. Opera 9.6 includes improvements in the built-in email client as well as better browser synchronisation.