This paper focuses on recent initiatives in three countries (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) to “tax” the internet through introducing excise duties on, essentially, internet access and/or use.
It concludes that:
The increased excise duty on internet data services in Kenya is not a violation of international human rights norms and standards, as the increase is unlikely to hinder access to and/or use of the internet for Kenya’s people.
The excise duty in the form of licence-related fees for online content services in Tanzania is a violation of international human rights norms and standards, because the fees imposed are so high that they would render the cost of posting content online – that is, effective internet use – simply unaffordable for the vast majority of Tanzania’s people.
The excise duty on what is defined as “over-the-top services” in Uganda is a violation of international human rights norms and standards, because it renders the cost of accessing such services – that is, effective internet access – simply unaffordable for the majority of Uganda’s people.
The paper also makes suggestions for how redress might be sought in respect of Tanzania’s and Uganda’s human rights violations resulting from the imposition of their excise duty regimes.
2011/07/20: just how easy is it to program the data that the Kenyan government has availed?
The Kenyan government chose to turn to Socrata, a company that offers turnkey open data solutions for governments. This choice has raised several concerns within the local tech community about why the government could not instead choose to use local developers and host the data locally.
Well, while there may be differing opinions on this matter, this article is not concerning itself with the politics or rightness or wrongness of this choice by the government. We’re looking into what KODI has to offer the developer and one thing is for sure, Socrata has a robust, proven platform and provides a very simple API for developers.
How history, greed, and nepotism are preventing the continent from securing itself against al-Shabab, Boko Haram, and other threats.
L'appalto per il risanamento della discarica di Korogocho nel 2007 era un boccone ghiotto, di cui l'ex ministro dell'Ambiente intuì le potenzialità di business. Il progetto non andò in porto e venne aperta un'inchiesta, poi archiviata. Ma che ora i magistrati romani stanno rileggendo con attenzione)
It is estimated that around one and a half billion people globally have no access to reliable electricity. Most live in developing countries where the cost of connecting rural villages to the electricity
The rugged M-KOPA solar lighting and charging systems come with an innovative payment plan. Too bad they're only available in Kenya.
From Wired UK: In May 2013, Google's vice president took to stage and announced that Google was aiming to build "a perfect map of the world." An honorable notion with almost utopian connotations -- and why shouldn't it? After all, Google has been at the forefront of leading the biggest change to mapping since the 15th century, when maps went from manuscript to print. Now they're online and taking advantage of satellite imagery, maps are more detailed, accurate and multi-dimensional than they've ever been, but could such a thing as the perfect map ever exist?
Whether ecommerce in Nigera, price comparison in South Africa or mobile advertising in Tanzania, African startups are changing the continent.
The case for turning numbers into action.
Click a few keys, exchange a few numbers, and it's done. With just a mobile phone and a registration with Safaricom, Kenya's mobile service giant, you can pay for anything in seconds - no cash, no long journeys to towns to reach a bank, and no long lines when you get there. This is m-Pesa, the revolutionary approach to banking which is changing economies across Africa. The service allows customers and businesses to pay for anything without needing cash, a bank account, or even a permanent address. In today's Digital Diversity, in honour of its recent fifth birthday, we present a beginner's guide to m-Pesa and examine its implications for financial access in developing economies.
A roadside stall in Nairobi selling signs Towards the end of last year the company I work for sent me to Kenya for two weeks. I ...
What would you give up to continue using your mobile phone? For most of the six billion mobile subscribers around the world, the sacrifice might be measured in terms of a marginal loss of privacy, or of time.
With 6 billion mobile phones around the world of which 75 in developing countries telephones reach most corners of the African continent.
UNTIL recently Grace Wambui, a 14-year-old pupil in Nairobi, had never touched a tablet computer. But it took her about "one minute", she says, to work out how to use one when such devices arrived at her school, a tin shack in Kawangware, a slum in the Kenyan capital.
Do you remember the digital divide?