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What will it take to bridge Africa’s digital divide?

The digital divide —the gulf between those who have ready access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as computers and the internet and those who do not — does exist in Kenya and many parts of Africa. I got this key message during a media day in Kenya last week (16 June 2017) organized by Huawei Technologies, a technology solutions provider. Despite rapid growth in ICT, the digital divide is common in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some of the key reasons for this are accessibility and affordability. But the digital divide…

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While Trump tweets about Comey, Barack Obama delivers an eloquent plea to save health care

In case you’ve forgotten, this is what a president’s supposed to sound like. While Donald Trump tried to distract the nation from the Senate’s healthcare bill with tweets about Russia, “Cryin’ Chuck,” and those non-existent Comey “tapes,” Barack Obama used Facebook to deliver a 939-word message defending his own health care law and asking Americans to call on their senators to vote down the AHCA.  There’s plenty here that takes direct aim at the current health care debate, like the notion that this is simply a move to wipe away…

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Joe Biden to LGBTQ community: ‘Hold Trump accountable’ for his promises

During his campaign Donald Trump pledged to fight for the freedoms of the LGBTQ community, but since taking office, he has yet to follow through on his promises. Like many others, former Vice President Joe Biden has taken notice, and at a private LGBTQ gala in New York on Wednesday, Biden encouraged the community to take action against Trump’s administration. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump hasn’t acknowledged it’s Pride Month and people have definitely noticed At the gala hosted by the Democratic National Committee, The Associated Press reported Biden warned of…

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Homeland Security confirmed Russians targeted nearly half the U.S. for election hacks

Add this to your file on “The Russian government tried to destroy the election integrity of the United States last year.” A Department of Homeland Security official confirmed in a Wednesday Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that they have evidence Russian-backed hackers targeted election systems in 21 states. SEE ALSO: Even Edward Snowden thinks Trump firing James Comey was messed up That public comment from the DHS’s acting deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications, Jeanette Manfra, was the first of its kind.  DHS official Jeanette Manfra just told the Senate Intel…

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Hiring freelancers online to build a national ID system is probably not smart

Grand, government-level IT projects are bloody tricky beasts. You don’t have to look hard to find examples of ones that have gone over-budget and over-time. It’s never a good sign when a country cheaps out on a tech project. And yet, one IT consultancy is bravely (and stupidly) trying to sub-contract a freelancer from People Per Hours to build a national e-ID system to be deployed across a yet-unnamed country. UK tech blog The Register unearthed the advert, titled: “URGENT!!! Delivery of a National e-ID System.” It states that it’ll…

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Secret stash of Nazi toys, memorabilia found in Argentina

Among the slew of Nazi artifacts recently found in a house outside Buenos Aires, Argentina, perhaps the most notable were the toys.  Toys reportedly meant for indoctrination — including a box of harmonicas with pictures of a smiling boy and a swastika — were just some of the 75 artifacts Argentinian police believe once belonged to Nazi officials, according to the Associated Press. SEE ALSO: The alt-right’s worldwide weaponization of memes The items included a bust and a portrait of Adolf Hitler, a huge statue of an eagle atop a…

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Costa Rica’s president swallowed a wasp during an interview which was totally cool, no big deal whatsoever

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera was giving a live television interview when something unexpected happened. You know, the kind of thing no one prepares for when they’re going over talking points and political messaging and where to get dinner after said interview.  He swallowed a bug.  It wasn’t just any bug. It was a wasp. Yes, a wasp — an insect that has the ability to sting more than once. SEE ALSO: A Terrifying Look Inside a Massive Hornets’ Nest The president played it off rather gracefully. After…

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Facebook, revenge porn, and the federal laws that fail us all

If you’re one of the people who doesn’t typically worry about images of you being shown online without your consent, congratulations. For the rest of us, who may have been in the vicinity of a camera and another person, we should point out there’s still no federal regulation preventing another person from distributing intimate images without your consent. Such images are colloquially known as “revenge porn” because of a perception that they are distributed by jilted lovers or ex-partners with chips on their shoulders, but there’s more to it than…

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Jared Kushner finally speaks and we cannot unhear it

A long-gestating mystery to the American public has finally come to its dramatic conclusion: We now know what the voice of Jared Kushner sounds like. Kusher — boyish prince, husband to a daughter of the president, also some sort of adviser to the president, winner of 2017’s Most Iconic Jerk Photo Award, real estate predator, possible vampire who emerges daily from a coffin embedded under a cherry tree somewhere in the greater D.C. area, a man who was reportedly keen on opening a communications backdoor with Russian government officials for…

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Japan to use cancer-sniffing dogs to help early detection

A town in Japan with high rates of stomach cancer is turning to sniffer dogs for help. Kaneyama, a town in northeastern Japan with 6,000 residents, has Japan’s highest fatality rates stemming from stomach cancer, local reports say. SEE ALSO: Just one glass of wine per day can raise your breast cancer risk The town is now taking part in a research programme, in which residents’ frozen urine samples are sent to the Nippon Medical School, just east of Tokyo. At the school, dogs are trained to sniff out signs…

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