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Posta searches for firms to develop mobile platform

Joe Mucheru ICTDAILY NATION By SANDRA CHAO-BLASTO

Friday May 28, 2017

The Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK) is looking for local and international mobile software developers to integrate all the services they offer into a mobile application.

According to an expression of interest notice, Posta sought to find a company that would customise the ePosta application to run on Android, Windows and iOS devices.

“PCK wishes to develop one mobile application that has all its products and services. The application should be so deployed that it can be downloaded from appropriate market places,” said Posta.

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Govt to continue with laptop project as 700,000 benefit

DnLAPTOPs1204rdpxDAILY NATION By OUMA WANZALA

Monday April 17, 2017

More than 700,000 Class One pupils out of 1.2 million have received tablet computers under the digital literacy programme, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

Mr Ruto said more pupils will receive the devices, which have been behind schedule since 2013.

“We will bring more schools on board,” the Deputy President said in a speech read on his behalf by Basic Education Director Leah Rotich during the 9th national secondary school students leadership conference at Bomas of Kenya.

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Private schools cry foul over laptop project

DNLaptop1806cDAILY NATION By GALGALO BOCHA

Tuesday April 11, 2017

Private schools have decried their exclusion from the Jubilee government’s laptop project, which involves issuance of tablets to public school pupils.

Private school managers argued that, despite their schools handling a large percentage of the country’s school going children, they have been sidelined in the use of digital learning devices under the Digital Literacy Programme.

Speaking at the 20th annual Directors Conference at Sai Rock Beach Hotel in Mombasa on Monday, Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) national chairperson Mutheu Kasanga called on Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to issue a policy directive on the matter.

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ICT policy must have diverse voices, not just coders and engineers

Bd-ICT internetDAILY NATION By NANJIRA SAMBULI

Monday April 10, 2017

This week, I came across a //medium.com/@fdamilola/career-options-in-tech-for-non-techy-nigerians-e98c7357c526">great piece on how those who do not write code can be contributors and players in our nascent ICT industries.

From Quality Assurance to Human Resource managers, the author did a good job of showcasing that the tech industry isn’t just for engineers and coders.

As the policy discussion on ICT shapes up to inform the desired knowledge economies in Africa, it is important to ensure the industry is not perceived as solely for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.

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Varsities and employers team up to resolve skills mismatch

chancellorspicDAILY NATION By OUMA WANZALA

Thursday April 06, 2017

Universities have teamed up with employers to resolve a mismatch between skills impacted in students and the demand in the market.

The objective is to network and link leaders from industry and universities for sustainability.

The initiative, university-industry sustainability platform, was launched at a conference organised by Pan Africa Christian (PAC) University in partnership with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and Visions of Hope for Africa.

Speaking at the event on Friday, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, commended the partnership saying it will play an important role to address the skills gap between academia and the industry.

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On track towards innovation target

internetpic2DAILY NATION By JEFF WANJOHI

Friday March 31, 2017

American technology magnate Bill Gates once said: “The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”

In Kenya, that tomorrow is already here, with more than 30 million Internet users recorded by last year, up from about 6 million in 2010, according to available online statistics.

Kenya’s Internet penetration has become the envy of every other country on the African continent.

In fact, the country’s 70 per cent Internet usage is much greater than that of all of its five neighbours in the East African Community put together.

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A blind person in Kenya can’t get a computer science degree. That’s unacceptable

bdcomputerFotosearchDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Have you ever tried to surf the web while your eyes are closed, or watched a movie without sound?

Or perhaps tried to write an email without the benefit of your hands?

These are the typical challenges people with disabilities go through every day. And in case you thought they are relatively few, statistics show that 10 per cent of Kenyans are challenged in one way or another.

This translates to over four million Kenyans, of whom 26 per cent have mobility, 19 per cent visual and 22 per cent audio or speech challenges.

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Stimulating creativity at grassroots

mucheepicDAILY NATION By JOE MUCHERU

Friday March 24, 2017

On Friday last week, I inaugurated a recording studio in the Koma-Rock area of Matungulu constituency in Machakos County that signals the beginning of the setting up of grassroots studios in three other counties to stimulate creativity.

Studio Mashinani is a project through which the government is taking recording studios to the grassroots where the majority of talented youth reside.

Five studios — two in Nairobi and one each in Machakos, Mombasa and Kisumu counties — have been completed and plans are under way to eventually spread out to all the counties. The studios are fitted with modern high-quality recording equipment.

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Beware reports ranking Kenya’s internet top in Africa

cybercafeDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Tuesday March 21, 2017

A recent report from Akamai ranked Kenya’s internet quality the best in Africa.  Indeed, it put Kenya ahead of most European countries in the broadband Internet ranking.

Other than the ICT Cabinet Secretary, who supported and explained the findings, the rest of us who live in Kenya may have viewed the findings of the report with some scepticism. But rather than dismissing the good news outright, I sought to understand the reasoning behind the ranking, by looking for the methods Akamai had used to place Kenya so highly.

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Kenya is now a target of global cybercrime - and we’re not ready

Cyber-securityDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Thursday March 16, 2017

Recent press reports indicate that Kenya’s progress in ICT has now matured, to a point where we are a target of interest for both global and local cybercriminals.

Banks, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), mobile operators and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are included in a list of major organisations cited as being recent victims of an elaborate cybercrime syndicate.

It is, indeed, a wake-up call for organisations, both in the private and public sector, to set up, fund and operationalise their information security departments. 

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Mucheru proposes interoperability of M-Pesa to tackle dominance

mucheru-picDAILY NATION By MUTHOKI MUMO

Sunday March 12, 2017

The government is pushing for interoperability rather than splitting of Safaricom in a bid to increase competition in the telecommunications sector.

ICT Secretary Joe Mucheru says proposals that M-Pesa should be separated from Safaricom would not on its own raise competition in the sector.

Rather, the minister said, the government prefers measures such as enforced interoperability, infrastructure sharing and price adjustments to level the playing field in the telecommunications sector.

“We have many, many methods of ensuring that there is fair competition without having to split companies,” said the minister during the Nairobi Innovation Week held at the University of Nairobi.

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Police bust ring of hackers in multi-million shilling KRA, bank thefts

cybercrimeDAILY NATION By JOHN KAMAU & By STELLA CHERONO

Thursday March 9, 2017

Kenya Revenue Authority, several blue-chip banks, a parastatal and a supermarket chain are some of the institutions penetrated by an international cybercrime syndicate that took off with hundreds of millions of shillings – before they were all seized on Monday and Tuesday.

Working with insiders and relatives of “prominent politicians”, the crooks had formed an international band that installed malware into the systems that allowed them to take control of the institutions’ computers and steal what police sources said would run into hundreds of millions. (A malware is a software that disables the systems to enable hacking and transfer of money without detection).

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Government ICT policy must address gender gaps

ictwomenDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Wednesday March 08, 2017

The United Nations will mark this year's International Women's Day  on March 8, 2017. Women are marginalised in all spheres of life including, but not limited to, politics, business, education, culture and most recently, ICTs.

One way to improve the uptake of ICT by women is to provide research output that measures the ICT gender gap in order to identify challenges and provide targeted interventions.

It is within this context that the International Association of Women in Radio & Television, (IAWRT) launched the Women’s Rights Online 2016 Kenya Report at a workshop in Nairobi.

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Midiwo amendment seeks to push telcos to split business

M-PesapxDAILY NATION By MUTHOKI MUMO

Friday March 3, 2017

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo has proposed changes to the telecoms law that if passed would see telecommunication companies face stricter regulation and apply legal pressure on authorities to split Safaricom.

Mr Midiwo on Wednesday issued a notice of intention to introduce amendments to the Kenya Information Communication Act (KICA), which will require mobile phone operators that venture beyond telecommunication services to split their businesses.

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ICT boss terms proposal to hive off M-Pesa danger to economy

mucherupxDAILY NATION By JOSEPH WANGUI

Monday February 27, 2017

The ministry Information, Communication and Technology has opposed recommendations of an international consultant firm to separate telecommunication firm Safaricom from its mobile money service M-Pesa.

Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has said the proposal by Analysys Mason is detrimental to investors and innovators.

"Safaricom is not among top 10 biggest telecoms in Africa. Splitting businesses will be a problem because at the moment Kenya wants to be the best in Africa.

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Court halts CA plans to start tapping SMS, mobile phone calls

wangusiCITBUSINESS DAILY By A Reporter

Tuesday February 21, 2017

The court has temporarily stopped government’s plan to start tapping private phone conversation and messages from today.

Justice Mativo directed that the temporary orders stopping the implementation of the directive would remain in force until the case is concluded. He also certified the application as urgent and directed that it be heard on March 6.

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Why plan to tap phones raises eyebrows

mobilephoneDAILY NATION By EDWIN OKOTH

Monday February 20, 2017

Suspicious implementation approach, the introduction of a third party and the timing that comes months before a General Election have heightened concerns over the Communication Authority’s device management system allegedly meant to fight counterfeit phones only.

The system is set to be plugged on the core network systems of all the mobile service providers in the country from Tuesday.

In 2012, the authority switched off 1.5 million counterfeit phones without using the system.

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CBK sees cyber risks as banks move to own mobile money platform

cybercrimeBUSINESS DAILY By JAMES NGUNJIRI

Tuesday February 14, 2017

Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) chairman Mohammed Nyaoga has cautioned banks to be wary of cyber risks in mobile money as the lenders move towards establishing their own transfer platform.

Mr Nyaoga said as banks embrace new technologies in provision of financial services, it is equally important that such innovations should deal adequately with the fast rising risks.

He said a number of consumer protection concerns have emerged in the sector, including the lack of safeguards for funds held by non-prudentially regulated providers.

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Govt starts investigations into theft of 46 tablets

theftpicDAILY NATION By KAREN MBUYA MURIUKI

Friday February 10, 2017

The government has launched an operation to recover digital learning devices stolen from Mosobecho Primary School in Nandi County.

The gadgets, among them 46 tablets, are suspected to have been stolen by burglars last Saturday.

The action has interrupted learning.

The Education ministry started the programme in November last year.

Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru is confident that the culprits will be caught and the devices recovered.

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TSC urges teachers to use social media responsibly

facebookDAILY NATION By FAITH NYAMAI

Thursday February 09,2017

The Teachers Service Commission has cautioned teachers against irresponsible use of social media which may portray the profession in bad light.

Speaking on Tuesday in Nairobi during the celebrations of safer internet, Mary Rotich, TSC director of Teacher Management, said the Commission’s Act compels teachers to behave responsibly both in school and even on social media.

“The Act gives us power to monitor the conduct of teachers, as the TSC we are thinking of starting to monitor what teachers exchange on social media. If you post irresponsible information on social media, such things do not show good conduct,” she said.

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