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Your Friendly Neighborhood TED Fellow
Along with 24 other fascinating people from around the world, I’ve been nominated as a TED fellow!
10,000 African Hours
Time can change everything.
Jo’burg to London at Two Megabits per Second
What can $15,000 a month buy you in bandwidth?
Web 2.0 Confuses IT Gurus
What is Web 2.0? Don’t ask your IT guy.
Is Google Making the Wrong Kind of waves?
Google rethought email and came up with Wave, a new open source communication protocol. But is the industry ready?
Big Bing Theory
Microsoft Bing ups the ante on search. Can they change their fortunes or are they doomed to repeat history?
Naijaborn Launches as Community for Nigerian Diasporans
A place to socialize for Nigeria’s sons and daughters.
Putumayo Kids Releases African Children’s Music
Some of Africa’s finest singers are featured on a compilation disk for kids.
Peter Schwartz on Nigeria’s GDP
Has the growth of Nigeria’s economy really flatlined?
FricaFactoid 1 – China Localizes for African Web Users
China’s involvement in Africa through it’s investments, policy influence, and mining is widely known. But what about the Chinese web? It turns out there’s more going on there than one might think! As part of my research, I attempt to join the Chinese social networking sites QQ, TaoTao, Zahnzuo and Foxmail and successfully you them all to communicate. Read the detailed version at “A Safari Through China’s Social Web” or listen to the podcast below. Photo by slimmer_jimmer.
Appfricast 12 – Balancing Act
Russell Southwood from the Balancing Act consultancy sits down with Natalie and I to discuss consumer protection rights, the future of technology in Africa and mobile currency systems MTN Mobile Money and Safaricom’s MPesa. Russell’s group Balancing Act seeks to be the primary source for information on the telecoms, Internet and audio-visual media industries in Africa.
Appfricast 11 – Natalie’s First Day
Appfricast has a new co-host and her name is Natalie Kimbugwe! Natalie will be joining us week-after-week to discuss the latest in African IT news and current events. As the female founder of a start-up here in Kampala, she offers unique insight into the IT industry, policy making and….Shaggy?!
Appfricast 10 – Ten Years Strong
James Wire of Linux Solutions discusses how technology use in Africa has changed over the the ten years he’s been a successful software entrepreneur here in Uganda. As a supporter and developer of free and open-source software (FOSS), he stresses the role of open source, locally developed software solutions versus epensive, proprietary solutions from foreign contractos and companies. Local innovations in mobile like Uganda’s Me2U and Mbuni are examples of success.