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2020-06-15 - MTN, Cell C and rain Zero-rate Education Programmes for Youth

Mon, 15/06/2020 - 18:16
Major telecommunications companies MTN, Cell C and rain have zero-rated the OLICO Maths Education Programme which provides puzzles and problem-solving activities, competitions, games and weekly challenges to keep learners busy, connected and engaged. This decision followed the closure of schools in... Sociocultural

2020-06-15 - FirstBank donates 20, 000 devices to LASG to drive e-learning

Mon, 15/06/2020 - 18:16
In a bid to drive one million students in Lagos State to e-learning, one of Nigeria’s foremost financial institutions, Firstbank has presented 20,000 units of e-learning devices to the Lagos State government to be distributed to school children. Receiving the items at the State House in Marina, the... Sociocultural

2020-06-15 - Using data to fight Covid-19 does not mean lowering the bar for privacy

Mon, 15/06/2020 - 18:16
As debate about the use of personal data in government efforts to beat Covid-19 continues, Web Foundation Policy Director Emily Sharpe argues that there is no rigid trade-off between privacy and using data for public health. Read our policy brief on Covid-19 and data privacy. We can and should use... Legal Security

2020-06-15 - DNS Firewall - a new layer of your security

Mon, 15/06/2020 - 18:16
The Internet is a powerful force for good, but also brings risks and threats. Infrastructure and Standardisation

2020-06-14 - What Are IPTV Resellers and Why Has Reddit Just Banned Them, Twice?

Sun, 14/06/2020 - 18:15
While torrent-based piracy remains popular today, there is massive demand for unlicensed IPTV providers that offer thousands of live TV channels and VOD packages. These IPTV products are available for just a few dollars, euros or pounds per month from what appears to be thousands of suppliers. The... Economic Legal

2020-06-14 - DNS OARC 32a Meeting Report

Sun, 14/06/2020 - 18:15
For many years I have been a keenly interested participant in the meetings organised by the DNS Operations and Research Community, or DNS OARC. This time around its most recent meeting headed into the online space. Here's my impressions of the material presented at the online DNS OARC 32a... Infrastructure and Standardisation

2020-06-14 - The impact of COVID-19 on telecoms industry [ICT Clinic]

Sun, 14/06/2020 - 18:15
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, my column has mostly focused on the various effects of COVID-19 on many aspects of our lives. I mean the things that we have come to embrace as part of our daily life activities. Previous articles have touched on the impact of COVID-19 on the future... Development

2020-06-13 - What is Light-Touch Regulation?

Sun, 14/06/2020 - 18:15
U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons (REUTERS / Clodagh Kilcoyne via Adobe Stock) One thing I've noticed recently is that a lot of people are climbing on board the idea of building better broadband to rural America. Many... Infrastructure and Standardisation Development

2020-06-13 - YTS ‘Copycat’ Agrees to Settle Trademark Dispute for $200,000

Sun, 14/06/2020 - 18:15
Brands are important for most businesses. They identify a service or product and are often associated with certain qualities. This is no different in the piracy ecosystem. Brands are essential there as well but are not always what they seem. Given the nature of pirate sites, brand copying is... Economic Legal

2020-06-13 - Internet : Le Burkina Faso choisit MainOne pour l'approvisionnement en large bande

Sun, 14/06/2020 - 18:15
Development Infrastructure and Standardisation Legal

2020-06-13 - This Week In Techdirt History: June 7th - 13th

Sun, 14/06/2020 - 18:15
Five Years Ago This week in 2015, legislators were working to take money from the DEA to buy bodycams for cops and calling for mandatory data collection on police shootings, while we took a look at the way (even with cameras) cops and the media cooperate to disparage victims of police violence... Economic Legal

2020-06-13 - TelOne Managing Director – We Are Owed ZW$500m By Telephone Bill Defaulters

Sat, 13/06/2020 - 18:14
TelOne’s Managing Director recently revealed in an interview that they are owed ZW500 million by consumers yet to pay their telephone bills and this is having an adverse impact on service delivery. We are currently owed just over ZW$500 million from outstanding telephone bills by our clients,... Economic

2020-06-13 - Federal Court Affirms Activision's First Amendment Rights In Using Humvees in 'Call Of Duty' Game

Sat, 13/06/2020 - 18:14
Almost exactly a year ago, we first wrote about a trademark lawsuit brought by AM General LLC, the company that makes Humvee vehicles, and Activision. At issue is the inclusion of historically accurate Humvee vehicles in the publisher's Call of Duty games. AM General decried those depictions... Economic Legal

2020-06-13 - IBM Cl-Outage: Rainy day for big blue

Sat, 13/06/2020 - 18:14
Tuesday, June 9th was a bad day for IBM’s flagship Cloud offering, whose network suffered a catastrophic outage that knocked their entire fleet of products offline for hours. The problem seemed to start at 22:00 UTC according to user reports on Twitter and Downdetector, with the Cloud suffering... Economic

2020-06-12 - A DNS view of Lockdown

Sat, 13/06/2020 - 18:14
Over the past couple of decades, we've constructed two quite distinct online environments. There is the enterprise network which is commonly encountered at physical workplaces, and there is the consumer network which has been deployed across residential domains. The result is that many... Infrastructure and Standardisation

2020-06-12 - Zoom & China: Never Forget That Content Moderation Requests From Government Involve Moral Questions

Sat, 13/06/2020 - 18:14
If you've been around the content moderation/trust and safety debates for many years, you may remember that in the early 2000s, Yahoo got understandably slammed for providing data to the Chinese government that allowed the government to track down and jail a journalist who was critical of the... Human Rights Economic Legal

2020-06-12 - Optimal Network Strategies Will Increase Chances of Receiving Rural Broadband Funds

Sat, 13/06/2020 - 18:14
June 12, 2020 — For regional operators, the stakes are more competitive than ever, as the Federal Communication Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction has significantly accelerated the agency’s efforts to subsidize broadband coverage in unserved areas across America. In a webinar... Development

2020-06-12 - Senator Cotton Dumbly Claims Huawei Building 5G Networks Is Like Letting The USSR Build US Cold War Submarines

Sat, 13/06/2020 - 18:14
We've noted for a while that the race to 5G is largely just the byproduct of telecom lobbyists hoping to spike lagging smartphone and network hardware sales. Yes, 5G is important in that it will provide faster, more resilient networks when it's finally deployed at scale years from now.... Development

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