SNAPPLIFY BRINGS CONTENT AND TEACHER TRAINING TO THE POP-UP CLASSROOM AT FACTRETON PRIMARY SCHOOL

The CDF is about putting connections together.  And it is keenly interested in enabling working digital ecosystems. In the case of Factreton Primary School, the school had been donated a pop-up digital classroom, but this classroom had not since been utilized to its full potential.  In mid-2017, the CDF set about digging a little deeper with the help of Factreton Principal, Mr P.J. McEvoy, to understand why the pop-up classroom is not being utilised as it should. “We have found that the main barrier to usage is the lack of relevant content,” says Emma Kaye, Executive Director of the CDF.  “The school needs to have access to the curriculum and to familiar books in a digital format, in an environment… Continue reading

CAN CRYPTOCURRENCIES BE A MORE RELIABLE FORM OF CURRENCY IN EMERGING MARKETS?

A study released last week by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, which gathered data from more than 100 cryptocurrency companies, estimated that there are up to 5.8 million active users of cryptocurrencies in the world, of which Africa and the Middle East makes up less than 1% of market share, with cryptocurrency Bitcoin taking a 72 percent share of the market. What is a cryptocurrency? A cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange such as the US dollar. Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, appeared in January 2009.

2U TO ACQUIRE CAPE TOWN-BASED START-UP GETSMARTER FOR US$103M – APPROX R1,4BN

Who is GetSmarter? GetSmarter is an online education company based in Cape Town and London that collaborates with leading universities to offer premium online short courses to working professionals. Its portfolio includes about 70 short courses offered with its university partners. It operates under a revenue-share model with its university clients. Nasdaq-listed technology education company 2U has announced it is acquiring Cape Town-based start-up GetSmarter for US$103m (about R1,4bn).

IN THE NEWS: FAR-REACHING POLICY AND ESSENTIAL RESEARCH

DTPS AND TELECOMS INDUSTRY REACH COMPROMISE OVER NATIONAL INTEGRATED ICT WHITE PAPER  The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), Siyabonga Cwele, has announced a compromise regarding the implementation of the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, published in the Government Gazette on 3 October 2016. The ICT White Paper, not only set aside all unassigned spectrum for a single national wholesale network, it contains wording that suggests the government wants to take back the spectrum networks are currently using.

#DataMustFall

According to the A4AI 2017 Affordability Report, 2017 marks a globally significant annual milestone: • 50% global internet penetration • The Report says:  Though internet access has become a daily expectation for many, this will mark the first time that the scales have tipped toward more of the world being connected than not.  But for the half of the world that remains offline — mostly women in developing countries — this means being left even further behind as the digital revolution steams ahead. Though broadband prices are coming down, they simply aren’t falling fast enough, leaving low income earners and other marginalised populations unable to afford even a basic connection. 

INTERNET PENETRATION – WOMEN ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND

A 2017 report by The United Nations Broadband Commission Working Group on Digital Gender Divide states:  Policy and practical initiatives to address different barriers to gender equality in Internet access have increased in scope and number since the Broadband Commission’s 2013 Working Group on Broadband and Gender published its report and policy recommendations on the subject. Yet the gender digital divide remains. Indeed, the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) most recent estimate indicates that the global Internet user gender gap has grown from 11% in 2013 to 12% in 2016. Today, Internet penetration rates remain higher for men than women in all regions in the world, with the estimated gap between men and women being particularly substantial in Least Developed Countries.

RADIO IN THE DIGITAL ERA IS FAR FROM DEAD. VIVA RADIO, VIVA!

In the face of the Internet and social media it is easy to lose sight of the fact that most South Africans still get their news and information from the most widely available technology platform in the country – radio. The top South African radio stations regularly draw listeners in the millions, and research indicates that the average South African radio listener tunes in for over four hours a day.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST WANNACRY RANSOMWARE

WannaCry, the malware that emerged early in May demanding a ransom for freeing locked up computers, has spread chaos around the globe and has also taken its toll locally, in South Africa.  The ransomware was slowed down by a security analyst last week after he discovered a kill switch in its code, but the malware has since been updated without the kill switch and WannaCry has now reached more than 150 countries and 200,000 computers, shutting down hospitals, universities, warehouses and banks, particularly in Europe.