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How Somalia’s Deadliest Attack Ever Tore Open the Heart of a Nation

October 19, 2017 NAIROBI—Ibrahim Adow is a 24-year-old protocol officer working for Somalia’s president. And in the hours and days since the country’s deadliest attack took place, he, like many Somalis, have thought about nothing else. He hasn’t slept or eaten much, he says, and anger has been welling up inside him as...

Turkey Opens Its Largest Overseas Military Base in Somalia

October 3, 2017 Turkey has opened its largest overseas military base in Somalia, cementing its relationship with the war-torn nation and strengthening its strategic place in the African continent. The $50 million base was opened on Saturday (Sept. 30) and will train more than 10,000 soldiers. The move is part of an effort...

Uber Drivers in Kenya Will Take Selfies to Keep Riders Safe

July 1, 2017 Uber is rolling out a new feature that would help protect both riders and drivers in Kenya from the risks of fraud and theft. The new safety feature asks drivers to “periodically” take selfies in the Uber app before they accept rides. If the photo of the driver doesn’t match...

There's a New Player in the Horn of Africa

April 12, 2017 The semi-autonomous region of Puntland in northeastern Somalia signed a 30-year concession agreement with the Dubai-owned P&O Ports firm in early April, to develop and manage a multipurpose port in Bosaso city. The development of the seaport will take place in two phases, and is expected to cost $336 million....

Homegrown Technology is Being Used to Help Millions at Risk From a Devastating Famine in Africa

March 23, 2017 Two weeks ago, in Stockholm, Mohammed Omer and four of his friends gathered to talk about the biting drought ravaging their home country, Somalia. Beyond donating funds, the tech developers and social activists came together to discuss ideas to assist those in need of immediate relief. Eventually, they decided to...

The 17-Year-Old Google Coding Winner Whose Cameroonian Hometown Has Been Cut Off From the Internet

February 14, 2017 Nji Collins Gbah is one lucky teenager. In Nov. 2016, the tech enthusiast from Bamenda, Cameroon, started participating in the Google Code-in competition. The global online contest introduces pre-university students aged 13 to 17 to the world of open source, and Gbah, now 17, was participating for the second and...

If You Want Affordable Internet in Africa, Move to a Country on the Coast

January 13, 2017 The rapid spread of 3G mobile broadband networks has meant that 84 percent of the world’s population can now potentially access the web, and almost half of the world did so by the end of last year, according to the International Telecommunication Union. The other half—predominantly in developing countries—continues to...

A Guide to Staying Online if the Internet or Social Media Get Blocked in Your Country

January 6, 2017 For digital rights activists, an important milestone came in 2016 with the adoption of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on promoting and protecting the freedom of users online. Yet, 51 intentional disruptions of the internet and electronic communications took place in the first 10 months of 2016 in countries...

Mobile Innovation Will Help 2 Billion More People Get Access to Health Care and Education

November 22, 2016 From music to movies, from banking to buying food, mobile phones have revolutionized the way we access the world today. But for low-income consumers in emerging markets, the full potential of mobile financial services is yet to be unlocked, a new report suggests. Despite the growth in smartphone adoption and...

Internet Shutdown Could Cost Ethiopia’s Booming Economy Millions of Dollars

October 19, 2016 The internet shutdown in Ethiopia will drain millions of dollars from the economy, besides undermining citizens’ rights to impart and seek information, observers of the current state of emergency say. Mobile internet remains down across the country since the government announced a six-month, nationwide emergency in early October. The government...