Stimulating creativity at grassroots
DAILY 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.
Beware reports ranking Kenya’s internet top in Africa
DAILY 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.
Mucheru proposes interoperability of M-Pesa to tackle dominance
DAILY 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.
Kenya is now a target of global cybercrime - and we’re not ready
DAILY 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.
Police bust ring of hackers in multi-million shilling KRA, bank thefts
DAILY 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).