Technology

Akufo-Addo pushes for AU Space Agency HQ in Accra

President Nana Akufo-Addo says his government is lobbying for the headquarters of a yet to be established space agency by the African Union (AU) to be situated in Ghana. The Minister of Environment, Science Technology and Innovation, Professor Frimpong Kwabena Boateng has been tasked to lead the team lobbying for the project. “The African Union is in the process of ...

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Experience-driven digital operation transformations are imperative

With the global voice revenue growth slowed down or even reduced, data revenue continues to grow, and digital operation transformation has now become first-priority business in front of operators. However, the first step towards digital transformation in any company is to change themselves, and their own success. After which, it becomes possible to efficiently help customers succeed in digital transformation. ...

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‘Fear of unknown’ blocking Ghana’s adoption of Bitcoin – Expert

The Cyber Security Advisor at the Ministry of Communications, Albert Antwi Boasiako, has suggested that the ‘fear of the unknown’ is the reason why Ghana is hesitant to adopt cryptocurrency. The issue of the adoption of cryptocurrencies in Ghana has been up for some time, with many calling on the state to find a way to get it to be ...

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Far-right accounts lose Twitter verified tick

Twitter has stripped several far-right accounts of their “verified” badge, after changing its policy. Among them are Jason Kessler who helped organise a far-right march in Charlottesville, and white supremacist Richard Spencer. English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson also had his badge removed. Twitter said the badge was being interpreted as an “endorsement or an indicator of importance” and said ...

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Google Docs offline for ‘significant’ number of users

Google Docs was inaccessible for a “significant subset” of users on Wednesday. The company confirmed the issue on its status page but did not offer more information. Docs is a core feature of Google’s cloud computing service. A spokeswoman for Google would not confirm to the BBC how many users encountered the problem, but said she did not believe any ...

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Votes in 18 nations ‘hacked’ in last year

Elections in 18 separate nations were influenced by online disinformation campaigns last year, suggests research. Independent watchdog Freedom House looked at how online discourse was influenced by governments, bots and paid opinion formers. In total, 30 governments were actively engaged in using social media to stifle dissent, said the report. Educating users to spot fake news and making tech firms police ...

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Donald Trump Jr releases Twitter exchanges with Wikileaks

Donald Trump Jr has released private Twitter correspondence with anti-secrecy website Wikileaks after a US magazine revealed they had communicated shortly before his father’s election. The Atlantic magazine revealed the organisation had asked Mr Trump Jr for co-operation and information. The group published leaks of Clinton campaign emails during the election. Mr Trump Jr’s lawyers handed the Twitter direct messages ...

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US FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets – for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes – have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits this information to their smartphone. The information can also be ...

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Connectivity, affordability, accessibility key to Africa’s digital inclusivity – ATU

The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) has highlighted the importance of connecting rural and remote areas in Africa to economic opportunities. This was said by Secretary General of ATU, Abdoulkarim Soumaila at an ICT forum, AfricaCom, held on 7- 9 November in Cape Town. He said that connectivity, affordability and accessibility was a key focus for Africa’s digital inclusivity and rural ...

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China dominates top supercomputers list

China has overtaken the US to have the most supercomputers in the list of the world’s fastest 500 systems. The communist nation accounted for 202 of the globe’s highest performance machines, according to the latest Top500 survey. By contrast, the US had 143. That marks its lowest level since the bi-annual study began, 25 years ago, but still secured it second ...

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