Think Geoenergy: Kenya Database on Public Private Partnership Projects features three geothermal projects. “Kenya has launched a website with a database on projects currently under way in Public Private Partnership model in the country. The database includes currently three geothermal projects in Menengai and Olkaria.”
G9IGA: Kenya to use Alphabet’s balloons for rural internet. “Kenya will use Alphabet Inc’s system of balloons to beam high-speed internet access in hopes of connecting more of its rural population to the web, its ICT Minister said on Thursday. Known as ‘Project Loon’, the technology was developed by Alphabet’s X, the company’s innovation lab.”
Tactical Tech: What’s Up with WhatsApp: The Widespread Use of WhatsApp in Political Campaigning in the Global South. “The past few years have seen WhatsApp become an increasingly powerful and influential tool for political campaigns in the Global South. For many people in the Global North, it may come as a surprise that participation in large WhatsApp groups constitutes the majority of online communication for many users in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. While WhatsApp helps politicians reach voters and constituents in areas that don’t otherwise have access to the internet, it also extends the reach and primacy of Facebook (who own the platform) in the democratic process in these countries. This article reveals some of the many ways WhatsApp is being deployed as a major part of the political process in countries including Brazil, Colombia, Kenya and Malaysia.”
Xinhuanet: Kenya hails collaboration with China to preserve cultural, natural heritage. “Kenya on Tuesday hailed a robust collaboration with China to promote the preservation of the East African nation’s cultural and natural heritage. Hassan Noor Hassan, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) at the Ministry of Sports and Heritage, said Nairobi is already benefiting from the partnership with China to help conserve the country’s rich culture and biodiversity.”
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. “
Tuko (Kenya): Kenyans who insult others on Social Media to pay KSh 5 million fine if Uhuru signs new Bill into law. “The National Assembly has passed an amendment to the Cybercrime Bill which will see anyone using abusive language on Social Media face the wrath of the law. Being one of the victims of cyber bulllying, Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa who is a member of the Administration and Security Committee, moved the amendment which was passed by MPs on Thursday, April 26.” According to Google, five million KSh (Kenya Shillings) is just under $50,000 US dollars.
Daily Nation: Facebook deepens consumer data mining in Kenya with ‘firmware’. “Global social networking giant Facebook, which is facing a storm of international protest over its data mining and consumer data protection, is collecting additional citizen data beyond its users through the Wi-Fi Express programme it launched last year in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, India, and Indonesia, the Business Daily has learned.”