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New Konza Techno City directors appointed

KonzapxBUSINESS DAILY By OKUTTAH MARK,

Tuesday May 24, 2016

New Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) board members have been appointed following expiry of the contracts of the former executive team.

Information and Technology secretary Joseph Mucheru named five new directors — Haron Nyakundi (building economist), Victoria Jepkemoi Chepseba, Mbithe Muema, Caroline Wangui Kariuki and Kaburu Mwirichia. The board is chaired by Reuben Mutiso, an architect.

The new board’s tenure is for three years, effective from 6th May. The team will be in charge of regulating, monitoring and evaluating the development of the multi-billion shilling ICT Park that is hinged on a private-public partnership financing model.

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Digital has already changed how we judge, think and act

DigitalMigration1302doDAILY NATION By BITANGE NDEMO

Tuesday May 17, 2016

The new world economy has gone digital, heralding the age of disruption. 

This became clear at a futurist conference I attended this past week. Technology is making a new onslaught on economic, social and political spheres. 

Already the landscape in media, education, health, agricultural production, advanced manufacturing and biotechnology is experiencing unimaginable transformation, and the customer is embracing the change, willingly or unwillingly. 

Change in some sectors may lead to devastating outcomes but the net impact of these disruptions will most likely be good for humankind. 

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Northern corridor picked to test cheap internet for all

corrpicDAILY NATION By Nation Reporter

Friday May 13, 2016

The World Economic Forum has chosen the northern corridor as the first region to test affordable internet in what is expected to speed up connecting landlocked markets to Mombasa port.

Public and private sectors will work together to build internet infrastructure linking the trade corridor that runs from Kenya’s seaport through Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Sudan, it was announced in Kigali on Thursday.

It is estimated that up to 67 per cent or 75 million people living along the northern corridor do not have access to the internet.

“For us in East Africa, we expect the project to bring 25 million more citizens online by 2020,” said Rwanda’s Youth and ICT Minister Jean-Philbert Nsengimana.

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End of wrangles as government names new Communications Authority board

BDCAK2406c.JPGBUSINESS DAILY By Lilian Ochieng,

Thursday, May 5   2016

The government has gazetted a new board to serve at the Communications Authority of Kenya, ending prolonged wrangles over the positions posed by ousted members.

Levi Obonyo Owino, who was part of the expelled directors, will be in the new seven-member CA board that also includes Paul Kukubo, Mugambi Nandi, Kentice L Tikolo, Davis Cheruiyot Kitur, Christopher Guyo Huka and Patricia W Kimama.

The ICT Secretary Joe Mucheru said in a gazette notice that the board will serve “for a period of 3 years with effect from April 29, 2016.”

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Class one pupils to get laptops tomorrow

DNLaptop1806cDAILY NATION By LILIAN OCHIENG,

Monday May 02, 2016

Class one pupils in 150 selected schools will have digital devices delivered and installed in their schools starting Tuesday, marking the actualization of the Sh17 billion Digital Literacy Programme.

Mombasa and Kwale counties are marked as first beneficiaries with Garissa, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Kisii, Uasin Gishu, Kakamega, Bungoma and Kajiado following closely this week.

The exercise is expected to close on May 13, already, four schools already received their laptops in March, marking a sample of the entire Proof of Concept stage of the project’s delivery.

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Govt admits hackers stole data from Foreign Affairs ministry

Joe Mucheru2DAILY NATION By AGGREY MUTAMBO

Friday April 29, 2016

Hackers stole the passwords of staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with which they used to steal data from the ministry’s communication system, the government revealed on Thursday.

Information, Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru told Nation.co.ke that some junior staff at the ministry received a random email from hackers asking them to change their passwords.

“The said hackers were able to send the email to the ministry, and some of the people in the ministry actually responded. They clicked and changed their credentials. And some of the ones who were affected then sent emails to everybody else as spam,” Mr Mucheru said in an interview in Nairobi.

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CBK has no IT staff to monitor banks amid crisis

lagatBUSINESS DAILY By LYNET IGADWAH,

Thursday April 28, 2016

The Central Bank of Kenya’s (CBK) unit charged with supervising lenders lacks a tech savvy team to watch over transactions amid a confidence crisis after the collapse of three banks, Parliament was told Tuesday.

Gerald Nyaoma, head of bank supervision department, told MPs that his unit lacks the expertise to audit banks’ Information Technology (IT) systems—which rogue and greedy directors have exploited to lend themselves billions of shillings of depositors’ funds, breaching banking regulations.

“I acknowledge the key role that ICT experts would play at the department and this is the advice I personally gave the governor (CBK head Patrick Njoroge),” said Mr Nyaoma.

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Internal fraud bleeds banks dry

cybercrime2DAILY NATION By OTIATO GUGUYU

Monday April 25, 2016

Cheque and internal fraud are the major risks that banks are grappling with in Kenya, according to security solutions firm NetGuardian.

The Swiss Financial technology company says that local lenders are increasingly being targeted by their own staff and IT workforce.

“We see a lot of collusion with the IT guys who are able to delete logs after withdrawing customers money, and it may take time for banks to capture the fraud that has happened,” NetGuardina IT Risk and Internal Control Consultant John Kiptum told the Nation.

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EACC should move in and clean up mess at the CA

CAKBUSINESS DAILY By BUSINESS DAILY

Friday April 22, 2016

If the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) director- general Francis Wangusi’s claims are to be believed, then members of the disbanded board of the regulatory agency are not fit to resume office.

They should, instead, be prosecuted and sent to jail if found guilty. Kenyans will be shocked to learn that the CA directors, who hold a fiduciary duty to protect the public interest in the regulatory agency, have turned predators.

According to Mr Wangusi and the board chair, Ben Gituku, the CA board members have been acting like bandits, moving around soliciting bribes from telecommunication companies that fall under the regulatory agency.

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Licensing of third broadcaster to wait longer

wangusiDAILY NATION By DAVID HERBLING

Tuesday April 19,2016

The Communications Authority of Kenya says licensing of the third broadcast signal distributor will have to wait until a new board is appointed.

The industry regulator has also refuted claims that it irregularly awarded a broadcasting permit to the Bamba-KTN joint venture, saying the consortium is operating on a temporary licence.

Licensing of a third broadcast player was thrown in limbo after ICT Cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru in February dissolved the entire CA board, but the directors moved to court and obtained orders to remain in office until the case is heard and determined.

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Liquid Telecom questions CA Wi-Fi rules

telcopxDAILY NATION By OKUTTAH MARK

Monday April 18th 2016

Liquid Telecom has poked holes in proposed rules that require hotels and other public places offering wireless Internet connection (Wi-Fi) to install CCTV cameras for monitoring their customers.

The telecommunications firm, in its submission to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), says the proposal is not clear.

It particularly wants the CA to explain further the bit that requires operators to identify a user who wants to connect to their Wi-Fi.

Liquid also questions how CCTV images can be used to identify users and for how long the images must be stored and in what format.

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Kajiado in ICT training deal with Communications regulator

WangusiDAILY NATION By JAMES KARIUKI

Friday April 15, 2016

Kajiado County Government has said it is planning ICT training sessions for its staff and members of the public in order to to fast-track uptake of information technology among locals and close the ICT gap.

Governor David Ole Nkedianye said that areas lacking internet connectivity will be given first priority so as to enable residents to use the internet in creating wealth by offering access to internet-based services to conduct businesses.

He spoke this week he received Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) boss Francis Wangusi in his office where they agreed to partner with other stakeholders and service providers in enhancing access to the internet.

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Rigid laws restrict regional ICT policies

Wangusi3DAILY NATION By LILIAN OCHIENG'

Tuesday April 12, 2016

Differences in regulatory frameworks among East African countries has constrained the harmonisation of policies governing ICT across the trade bloc, says a new report.

Rigorous processes in Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania are limiting the initiative, which is geared towards protection of infrastructure and seamless communication across the region.

The East Africa Communications Organisation (EACO) report says that “regulatory bodies in Kenya and Uganda have independence in decision making,” a move that the rest of the countries ought to emulate. Decisions by Burundi’s communications regulator are subject to approval by the Office of the President. Rwanda’s regulator, on the other hand, answers to the prime minister. Decisions by the regulator could be cancelled on grounds of threat to security of Rwanda or a foreign country.

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Major boost for school laptop project as Unesco promises training support

LAPTOPSDAILY NATION By OUMA WANZALA

Friday April 08, 2016

The laptop project has received a boost after Unesco agreed to support teacher and education officers’ training.

On Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova signed a cooperation deal at the agency’s headquarters in Paris.

The Jubilee flagship project has faced hurdles since 2013, but President Uhuru Kenyatta last week assured Kenyans that it would be realised this year.

Ms Mohamed said the integration of ICT into the education system was one of the key priorities of the government. Areas of cooperation would include scaling up teacher-training in ICT in two phases.

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Voice and broadband hold key to ICT gap closure

Joe Mucheru ICTDAILY NATION By LILIAN OCHIENG'

Wednesday April 06, 2016

Voice and broadband have been marked as priority areas in the closure of the country’s ICT access gap, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Canadian firm Intelecon Research and Consultancy, hired by the Communications Authority of Kenya to do the research, noted that covering the two areas will largely seal the remaining hole, ensuring penetration in institutions such as schools.

“This will reduce the population coverage gap from 5.6 per cent to around half 2.8 per cent by 2018, combining proposed Universal Service Fund investments with the licence obligations already accepted in 2015 by the two leading operators, Safaricom and Airtel,” says the report.

“Broadband will establish a first step towards addressing the critical national gap, which exists in connectivity of schools and tertiary college institutions below university level.”

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IEBC will buy new kits ahead of polls

voterigDAILY NATION By ISAAC ONGIRI

Tuesday April 05, 2016

The electoral commission is set to buy new electronic equipment to identify voters because the current ones will be obsolete days to next year’s elections.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief executive Ezra Chiloba said his team would dispose of the 34,600 controversial gadgets used in the 2013 General Election.

The equipment would be replaced with a new version of electronic voter identification devices (Evids). Mr Chiloba said batteries of the old devices, whose procurement is the subject of investigations following claims of corruption, have a fixed life-span of five years and will expire just before the 2017 polls.

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CA rolls out address system to boost e-commerce

Wangusi3BUSINESS DAILY By OKUTTAH MARK,

Monday April 04, 2016

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has started a process to have a nation-wide numbering and addressing system to boost the uptake of e-commerce and improve service delivery.

Most homes and small businesses lack proper addresses, slowing down the growth of e-commerce that relies on timely and efficient delivery of goods to customers making orders online of through telephone calls.

Players in the delivery and e-commerce space, including Jumia and OLX, have concentrated their operations in major towns with more detailed street and building addresses.

“Many countries that have successfully deployed national addressing systems posit a strong correlation between physical addressing and growth of e-commerce,” Francis Wangusi, the CA director- general said.

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ICT graduates set for county jobs in digital talent drive

victorBusiness Daily By OKUTTAH MARK,

Monday March 28, 2016

County governments are set to benefit from 400 graduates of ICT-related courses under the second phase of the Presidential Digital-Talent Programme to boost their ICT human capacity.

Victor Kyalo, the ICT Principal Secretary, said his ministry was in talks with county governments which will see a number of the graduate trainees posted to the devolved units.

The Presidential Digital Talent initiative is a public–private sector partnership run by the ICT Authority. The programme targets recent university IT graduates who have attained first or upper second class honours degree and have been out of school for less than two years.

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Ministry to start pilot distribution of laptops

ictpicDAILY NATION By NATION REPORTER

Tuesday March 22, 2016

The Ministry of ICT is expected to start delivering free laptops on a pilot basis in 150 selected primary schools across the country in the next two weeks.

This follows the unveiling of the Digital Literacy Programme Devices targeting more than 22, 000 public primary schools by Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru.

Speaking during the official opening of Connected Summit 2016 conference on Sunday, Mr Mucheru said the ministry is expecting 10,000 devices in the next four weeks.

He added that the ministry is in the process of undergoing proof of concept before officially rolling out the devices to all counties in the whole country.

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Kenya plans ICT sector reforms to regulate Internet firms

mucherupxDAILY NATION By LILIAN OCHIENG'

Friday March 18, 2016

Kenya’s Information minister is reviewing sector guidelines to bring over the top services such as Whatsapp and Facebook under regulation amidst complains by telecom operators over unfair competition.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said the new National ICT Sector Policy Guidelines will also dictate the practices within which Mobile Virtual Network Service Operators (MVNO) such as Equitel will operate.

Locally, telecom firms have complained of Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber eating into their revenues despite not being subjected to local taxes. The telcos also say that over the top companies do not have infrastructure locally yet they compete unfairly by offering same voice and text services.

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