SundayGuardianLive: Kenya’s cybercrimes bill angers social media. “Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga is in London, lecturing at the Oxford and the Cambridge Unions. He met Harriet Baldwin, Minister for Africa, at the Foreign Office to explain the recent political developments in Kenya, especially the reconciliation initiative between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta. Meanwhile in Kenya, President Kenyatta signed into law the controversial Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Bill, which does what it says on the tin; it prevents and prosecutes all computer related crimes, from espionage, hacking, fraud, forgery, phishing, theft, child or wrongful distribution of pornography to the drafting/publishing and sharing of ‘fake news’. Critics including the Committee to Protect Journalists say the Bill contravenes the Constitutional provision of freedom of speech and dissemination of information and the right to access information. “
Premium Times: Nigeria to launch open government website in two weeks. “The federal government will in the next two weeks open a website that will convey detailed and updated information and data about its achievements and progress in different sectors of the economy. Also, the government is considering a mechanism that would help measure the country’s corruption index to avoid relying on indices from foreign organizations.”
The Guardian (Nigeria): Archiving Nigerian History: Traditional To Technological Database. “Archiving the Nigerian cultural history has been a problem since the 20th century. Millions of historical archives are either lost or locked away in foreign museums with limited or no access by the original owners. On the other hand, Nigerian museums managed by either the federal or state government have little or nothing in their possession. Historians and cultural advocates agitate for the release of some of the rare artefacts locked away in foreign museums. But the question is if these materials are released, are there any proper maintenance systems for them here in Nigeria?”
CNET: New Google Go app tackles slow internet speeds in Africa. “Google is releasing an app intended to help internet users in Africa overcome poor connectivity and the high cost of data. The app, Google Go, reduces the amount of data needed to display search results by 40 percent and allows previous searches to be accessed offline, the search giant said in a company blog post. Voice search has been adapted to work better on slow connections, including 2G.”
The Next Web: Tanzania imposes strict social media regulations to stop ‘moral decadence’. “Tanzania has finally signed into law their eyebrow-raising new regulation that will govern social media and blogging. The regulation known as the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2017, was initially published by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and came into effect during March 2018.”
Ethiopian Herald: Center to release patent information. “For the first time, about 26 million copies of patent information are going to be released for free with a view to advancing an innovation culture and the country’s all round efforts of speeding up renaissance journey, Science and Technology Information Center disclosed. The Center knowledge Management and Dissemination Directorate Director Addis Belay told The Ethiopian Herald: ‘We are already begun uploading patent information on national online digital library. Currently, there are also about 1.6 million copies of free patents are made available to the public at large.'”
The Daily (Tanzania): Govt plans global Kiswahili spread. “THE Government has announced plans to set up database of professional Kiswahili teachers to facilitate identification and capacities of available professionals needed to popularise the language across the world.” Never heard of Kiswahili? The English name is Swahili.