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Confusion as evangelists, sceptics and pragmatists debate blockchain technology

CAKDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Wednesday March 14, 2018

We have occasionally discussed blockchain technology in this column over the past two years, with the most recent discussion being published in January this year.

What is surprising is that the more we talk about blockchain and cryptocurrencies (cryptos), the more confusion it brings to the debate. I have identified three groups of people or positions that arise whenever this discussion crops up.

The first group is the evangelists. This group imagines that blockchain and cryptos are the solution to every problem in the world. They spread and force the gospel of blockchain and cryptos to everyone, including those not bothered to listen.

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Telkom to get Sh4bn for network upgrade

telkomDAILY NATION BY MUTHOKI MUMO

Monday March 05,2018

Telkom Kenya is set to receive a Sh4.1 billion ($40 million) loan from the European Investment Bank to boost infrastructure and mobile money network.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) said the loan, which is still going through appraisal, will only form part of the funding for Telkom Kenya’s Sh9.34 billion ($92 billion) network expansion project.

“The promoter [Telkom Kenya] will invest in its mobile network to improve its coverage and quality of services, especially for mobile services, and will launch an open eco-system mobile financial service product,” says EIB in a disclosure statement.

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We should proceed with caution on the cybercrimes bill

cybercrime2DAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Friday February 16th 2018

The Computer and Cybercrimes Bill of 2017 is before Parliament and undergoing public consultations. Whereas it does contain contentious clauses, we must be careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

This is because the Cybercrimes Bill is one of the four pending bills that are required to usher in a true digital economy for Kenya. The other three are the Data Protection Act, the Electronic Transactions Act and the Copyright Act.

As the country gets more and more digitised, new forms of threats and crimes emerge. These crimes present challenges to the authorities in terms of investigations, prosecution and judicial adjudication, since the old legal frameworks do not adequately apply.

A legal framework covering crimes against and using computer systems is therefore a welcome development and would go a long way in making Kenya a safer place.

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CA proposes tariff reduction for M-Pesa across networks

CAKDAILY NATION By JACQUELINE KUBANIA

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20 2018

Popular mobile money transfer platform M-Pesa may soon become cheaper for non-Safaricom users if new proposals by a consultant hired by the Communications Authority of Kenya are effected.

Analysys Mason, a UK consultant appointed two years ago to assess competition in the telecoms sector, also recommends that Safaricom stops on-net discounts and individually tailored loyalty schemes so as to reduce the barriers to entry for smaller players.

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The consultant has however shelved a contentious proposal to split Safaricom and M-Pesa in order to reduce Safaricom’s competitive advantage in the mobile money transfer market.

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An unpredictable governance framework will have a chilling effect on the ICT sector

CAKDAILY NATION By JOHN WALUBENGO

Wednesday February, 07, 2018

Last week we had three little tsunamis sweeping the ICT sector. Three events, all centred on the communications regulator, are likely to have far-reaching ramifications going forward.

The first was that the embattled director-general of the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) obtained a court order rescinding a decision to send him home on compulsory leave pending some human resources-related investigations.

It is not the first time that the CEO of the CA has been sent home unceremoniously, but it was the first time that a court has ordered his reinstatement – and that court order was ignored.

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