Computer News - In Brief


- In Uganda, the Cabinet has approved three cyber laws. The three laws are the Electronic Transactions Bill, Electronic Signatures Bill and Computer Misuse Bill. "The Bills will be gazetted by the ministry and tabled before Parliament for approval," the information and communications technology (ICT) minister, Dr. Mulira said.

- The price of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 productivity suite has been slashed by up to 40 percent in an effort to ensure that technology is made easily accessible and affordable to people across Africa. The cost of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 is coming down to around US$100 in most African countries, including Botswana.

- New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), has developed a new ICT programme that would enhance to educational development in Nigeria through the Interactive Learning Network (ILN) project evolved from the identified need for a national educational multimedia infrastructure which would lay the foundation for effective use of ICTs in education.

- The fourth phase of the African Management & Training Services Project (ATMS IV) has taken an important step forward by receiving its first signature from the Government of Madagascar. AMSCO and the ATMS are helping 178 African businesses in 24 countries (as on 31 July 2008) to become profitable, competitive, and sustainable by providing them with both management and capacity building support in the form of interim expatriate managers.

- A declaration signed by six nations, including South Africa, Brazil and Venezuela, questions the credibility of the ISO and the validity of the process to declare Microsoft's OOXML format an international standard.