In youthful Africa, the Internet is mobile

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After a week of business meetings in the cities of sub-Saharan Africa, we can say three things are new for the continent: a) The despotic leadership from the 1970s and 1980s is in decline, replaced by younger and more democratic leaders b) A huge youth demographic boom is underway, with a majority of the population being 25 or even under 20 years old c) Mobile phones are everywhere, and the Internet in Africa will be primarily a mobile one. source

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House Subcommittee Hearing to Address Global Internet Governance

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The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will kick off the new Congress with a joint hearing Feb. 5 on how U.S. policy can keep the global Internet free from international regulation. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the subcommittee, laid out his agenda this morning covering everything from wireless spectrum policy to reform of the Federal Communications Commission. source

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Global Internet Connection Speeds: America lags far behind leaders

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If ‘Internet connection speed’ was an Olympic event, the USA wouldn’t even get a medal. In fact, America would finish somewhere between 9th and 24th, depending on the exact event – I mean comparison. This assessment comes from a recent Akamai report on “The State of the Internet.” According to this CNN article, which commented on the report, Hong Kong takes Internet speed title: source

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It’s official: people hate the domain name industry

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I’ve said it many times before: the domain name industry has problems with its reputation. But now the official figures are in that — apparently — prove it. According to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade, the industry is perceived four times worse the IT industry average. That figure — whatever it means — came out of a “reputational analysis” study conducted by expensive consultants hired by ICANN, Chehade told registrars and registries in Amsterdam today. source

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Q&A: Europe is missing out on Africa, says AfricaHackTrip

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A group of eight to 12 European software developers will tour Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania in the second half of 2013 on an African-tech fact finding mission. HumanIPO spoke to founder Martynus Gregor, also an app developer, about his AfricaHackTrip initiative and what motivated his interest in the promotion of technology on the continent. source

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Tanzania becomes communication hub to surrounding African centres

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Dar Es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, is now deemed the communication centre of the East, Central and Southern African areas after the establishment of the National Fibre Optic cable . The connection of the installation of the National Fibre Optic cable with the SEACOM cable and Eastern Africa Submarine Cable Systems (EASSy) was confirmed by Florence Turuka, source

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Maps now a key tool for business

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Mapping is one of fastest-growing areas in companies’ IT expenditure. Three-quarters of large companies and two-thirds of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) expect to spend more of their budgets on digital mapping services this year. These are just some of the findings of a report commissioned by mapping company MapIT and conducted by World Wide Worx, which surveyed hundreds of South African businesses about the ways in which they use digital mapping. further

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