SMSAs Ugandans prepare to head to the polls in less than 48 hours, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has asked bulk short message service providers not to allow their platforms to be used as a channel for what it said is information likely to incite.

The commission warned yesterday that any provider who breaches guidelines that have been set for this service, which is mainly operated through cell phones, risks losing their operation licences and would face instant closure.

Pope_twitterHoly tweet! The Pope is on Twitter.

His Holiness used the Vatican’s news account to send his first tweet, which announced the launch of a news information portal (and, of course, praised Jesus).

ICT minister John Nasasira cautioned against leaping towards fast Internet connectivity without taking care of information security during discussions held at the East African Information Security Conference. “Despite heightened awareness and cutting edge tools, organizations continue to register security breaches. The attackers are as advanced as the defenders therefore concerted...
The rise in smartphone adoption has led to increased content consumption, according to Samsung Electronics, yet there is an increase in business usage of the phones and content creation for business purposes. Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung South Africa, says business users are relying on their handsets...

Arsenal-Logo-Posters-500x375_1Arsenal Football Club and African mobile network operator Airtel have today signed a three-year partnership agreement. The deal provides Airtel with the opportunity to utilise the Club’s merchandising, hospitality and content rights in five markets: Nigeria, Zambia, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda.


The agreement will help the north London side reach some of its 42million fans across the continent. Airtel customers in Nigeria, Zambia, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda will have the opportunity to win match tickets to watch this summer’s pre-season tour fixture and receive exclusive Club content and news direct to handsets. In addition to the agreement, Airtel will be designated as the official mobile operator of the 2012 Arsenal Tour to Nigeria.

facebookOnline telephone calls have seen a big jump in popularity in the past couple of years, according to new survey numbers.After years of modest use, nearly one-fourth of all American adults who use the Internet say they have made a Web-based phone call, according to the survey by the Pew Internet and Amercian Life Project.The results come in the wake of the news earlier this month that computing giant Microsoft had bought popular Web chat tool Skype for a staggering $8.5 billion.

Weibo - The Chinese equivalent of TwitterBEIJING — In another era, China’s leaders might have been content to let discussion of the protests in Egypt float around among private citizens, then fizzle out.

But challenges in recent years to authoritarian governments around the globe and violent uprisings in parts of China itself have made Chinese officials increasingly wary of leaving such talk unchecked, especially on the Internet, the medium some officials see as central to fanning the flames of unrest.

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has so far covered 407 schools across the country. At least  207,026 laptops have been distributed, according to Nkubito Bakuramutsa, the OLPC Coordinator in Rwanda Education Board. Bakuramutsa told The New Times yesterday that Rwanda has been ranked third globally after Peru and...
Juliana Rotich, Ushahidi co-founder and managing director, has been honoured with with an Impact Award at the DLDwomen 2013 conference in Munich. The award has been initiated to recognise women whose outstanding commitment makes changes in society happen. Ushahidi, which was set up in the aftermath of the 2007 Kenyan general...
Samsung has overtaken Apple globally for the first time to take number one spot in terms of Internet usage. The latest data comes from website analytics firm StatCounter, which charted the changes between all different devices, operating systems, and browsers over the last 12 months (between July 2012 and June 2013). Nokia led globally...