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Dgroup Weekly Roundup: 4th - 10th March, 2013 PDF Print E-mail

 

1. Kenya counts on technology to ensure fair, peaceful vote. Initiated by Pamela Kiria

Votes from each polling station were to be electronically tallied, transmitted to the central electoral commission and results publically displays.

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Some polling stations had to resort to paper work as the technology had failed hence postponing elections in 2 stations to 11th March, 2013.

Conclusion/ Remarks

Voting in the mentioned 2 polling stations shouldn’t have been postpone that far.

2. Contact persons. Initiated by Margaret Sevume

It was suggested that I-Network compiles a list of contacts which could be referred to for quick fixes.


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Names were suggested and contacts given.

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Conclusion/ Remarks

It was strongly recommended that clients always go through customer service for first line support.

Persons who had offered help in the past were appreciated.

3. Soliton Telmec – NBI. Initiated by Simon Vass

Information was sought for regarding the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) which is supposedly being run by Soliton Telmec and Teseo Systems who won an open International tender for the management and commercialization of the infrastructure in 2011.

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Contacts were exchanged.

Soliton Telmec has been in contact with local service providers, about pricing and possible figures (i.e. sub 100's per km of Dark Fibre) which is good.

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Why have telecoms been rolling out fibre up to now, yet Soliton Telmec was awarded the contract in 2011 to sell the NBI capacity?

Accusations of corruption, etc. delayed activity by NBI.

Conclusion/ Remarks

NBI will compete with and also complement the telco fiber networks based on service offering and footprint.

4. Survey finds savers prefer banking on mobile phones. Initiated by Pamela Kiria


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There are now more mobile money accounts than bank accounts in Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania and Uganda.

There are more mobile money agent outlets than banks branches in a least 28 countries.

Initial cost of investment in a mobile money stall is way low compared to setting up a bank branch or even just an ATM.

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Conclusion/ Remarks

Are we about to see the post bank era?

5. Tools to help save what you read on the web for later. Initiated by Margaret Sevume


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10 tools were listed

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Conclusion/ Remarks

Evernote was highly recommended based on the way it syncs across the web and the apps on gadgets

6. Uganda Land Registry. Initiated by Saul Kimuda


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The register, files and search are all still manual.

Conclusion/ Remarks

New entrants should not be put on hold but handled using the new system.

The Ministry in charge of land should contract companies to organise and enter the old applicants separately because they are too many to be handled without errors in the short period estimated

7. Ffene to launch in April on iOS and Android. Initiated by Stephen Kasoma

Ugandan startup “Ffene,” a business management app, plans to launch on iOS and Android platforms next month in an attempt to improve the business administration solution accessibility in Africa.


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Ffene, won the 2012 apps4africa business challenge, bagging $10,000 cash prize.

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Conclusion/ Remarks

The Ffene App is appropriate with the aim of serving genuine challenges.

It is highly recommended for local SME owners who wouldn’t mind having some business services on their phones e.g. invoicing clients.

8. OPM creates website to monitor Gov't ministries. Initiated by Fredrick Kiapi


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Who monitors the monitor?! It may be that there are more problems within OPM than elsewhere.

Conclusion/ Remarks

Technology will not solve what has already been corrupted in the physical.

How will this web site be beneficial to the rural communities who are the target receipts of Government programmes?

9. When software/technology failures in Kenya election who is to blame? Initiated by Robert Baguma Mwesigwa


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It was alleged that the server was hit by a bug that would multiply rejected votes.

There seemed to have been a lack of information about this 'electronic voting system' - Who made it? Who was it tendered for? How is it supposed to work? What exactly failed at the various stages (Biometric Voter Identification, vote count transmission & sync, etc.)?

Conclusion/ Remarks

Who is to blame for lack of over sight?

 

DISCLAIMER

The views, opinions and assumptions expressed in this document are those of the dgroup members and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of I-Network.

 

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