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Africa needs new ‘alliance for digitalisation’ of agriculture

New digital services designed to boost African agriculture could reach 250 million farmers by 2030 but only with coordinated efforts across the continent, the African Green Revolution Forum heard. Investment into digital innovations has so far been piecemeal across sub-Saharan Africa, achieving only six per cent penetration, according to a recent report by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Dalberg Advisors. But new tools aimed at smallholder farmers, such as mobile advisory services or online market platforms, could transform food production across Africa with the support and guidance of…

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Digital money transfer service Azimo reaches profitability

Azimo, Europe’s leading digital money transfer service, today announced that it has reached profitability during Q2 2019. Following the successful expansion of sending to regions such as Africa and south-east Asia, the volume of transfers enabled by Azimo increased by 60% year on year. Building on the momentum of its expansion strategy, Azimo will be extending its services to allow customers to send money from Asia, the biggest money transfer region in the world, before the end of 2019. Michael Kent, the co-founder of Azimo, is also stepping down as…

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International Workplace Group expands franchise in Ghana

International Workplace Group (IWG plc) has announced the expansion of the first flexible office space franchise opportunity in Ghana. The company is currently seeking driven multi-brand franchise operators, landlords, private equity firms and high net-worth individuals to seize the opportunity to buy into the lucrative flexible working market at attractive returns. With the first franchise centre already open in Angola and new centres opening in Guinea and Djibouti later this year, the company is determinedly targeting the African continent for development and investment opportunities for early adopters of the franchising…

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Sierra Leone launches Africa’s first blockchain online ID platform

Sierra Leone has become the first African country to launch a blockchain national digital identification platform. The country’s President Julius Maada Bio officially launched the system in the capital Freetown on Wednesday. This is the first time an African country is implementing such an online credit system designed by a San Francisco-based tech charity called Kiva. With such a system it becomes easier to identify ordinary citizens seeking loans since accessing their their credit history becomes easier. The platform will enable financial institutions capable of lending to look up citizens’…

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Facebook workers listened to Messenger conversations

Hundreds of workers were paid to transcribe voice recordings of Facebook users, it has emerged. Facebook is the latest company to confirm it has used third-party workers to do such work, following Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon. The practice had been halted “more than a week ago”, Facebook said. Workers were given audio of people’s conversations but were not told how it was obtained, according to Bloomberg, which was first to report the news. Facebook said the recordings were being transcribed manually so that artificial intelligence systems used to automatically transcribe…

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Uganda and Zambia reject Huawei spying claims

Uganda has denied allegations it hacked into the encrypted communications of musician-turned-MP Bobi Wine. The Wall Street Journal alleges Ugandan officials worked with technicians from telecoms company Huawei to infiltrate the politician’s WhatsApp chat group, named Firebase crew after his band. It says authorities then “scuppered his plans to organise street rallies” and arrested Bobi Wine and his supporters. Huawei described the allegations as “unfounded and inaccurate”. It also dismissed allegations that its representatives were involved in similar intelligence-gathering operations in Zambia and Algeria. Zambia has also rejected the report. Information…

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Kenyan man pleads guilty in over $800K internet scam

A Kenyan man is to be sentenced in October this year after pleading guilty to fraudulently receiving $749,158.37 from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Mr Amis Hassan Raage received that money in a computer phishing scheme, which he pleaded guilty to during his trial. He will be sentenced before US District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel on October 11, 2019. Hassan Raage will be sentenced on the charge of conspiracy to commit Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Sections 1349. The offence attracts a maximum…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

How an app is making roads safer for users in Ghana

Road accident is one of the leading health problems along with diseases such as Diarrhoea, Malaria, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, especially in low- and middle-income countries, according to a 2013 report by the World Health Organization. In many African countries making the road safe has become increasingly challenging. In Ghana road safety officials have said that road traffic injuries account for a large number of trauma admissions to hospitals. Most of these accidents are human related factors usually due to reckless driving and over speeding. But a group of young Ghanaians…

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Child Online Africa partners AF Academy to train journalists

CHILD ONLINE AFRICA and AF ACADEMY have announced a collaborative effort to train Ghanaian journalists about online safety for vulnerable groups. The training for some selected journalists from media houses in Ghana is expected to take place this year. The objectives of the training are: To enlighten journalists on the rights of the child online. To equip journalists with latest advocacy skills for vulnerable people online. To highlight the need for child protection online. According to the two organizations, protection online for vulnerable groups like children is critical in an…

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Google map now has Nigerian local accent feature

Technology giant, Google on Wednesday launched a local accent voice service on its map product. Nigerian commuters can now hear travel advice in a local voice on Google Maps under the new features. Unveiled in capital Lagos, the local accent voice feature will also be available on Google Assistant. Google says the aim is to attract more users in Africa. Ramesh Nagarajan, Google’s director of product management said at the event that “There are 10 million (motorcycles) in Nigeria, it’s hugely popular. We’re going market by market based on popularity.”…

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