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Weekly Discussion Roundup 26th August – 1st September 2013 PDF Print E-mail

1. Credit reference Bureau and Identity theft. Initiated by Badru Ntege

Banks running a credit check on you, then you seem to have loans registered against you with banks you have no account with!

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Bank ask you to wait for 21 days for them to fix the issue even when the problem is not your fault.

Conclusion/ Remarks

Were our banks ready for the Credit Records Bureau ?

2. Call To Reserve .Africa Domains Initiated by Albert Mucunguzi

From 15 September, the ZA Central Registry will begin taking applications to reserve domain names for the new .africa top-level domain.

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Conclusion/ Remarks

3. Google kicks off ‘Africa Connected’ Competition Initiated by Badru Ntege

For those who have been positively influenced by the internet, here’s a chance to share your web journey.

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Five winners will each get a prize of $25,000 and an opportunity to work with a Google sponsor for 6 months.

Categories for entries are:  Education; Entertainment/Arts/Sports; Technology; Community and NGOs; and Small Businesses.

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Conclusion/ Remarks

4. Benefits from SIM card Registration Exercise Initiated by Stephen Musoke

To replace a lost SIM card, one is asked to present a photo ID, SIM pack/police reference letter and frequently dialled numbers .What then was the purpose of registering the SIM cards?

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Why do they ask for dialled numbers? That made sense before SIM registration but not after the exercise.

Police letter is an inconvenience. Why is it possible to withdraw millions of money by just producing an ID and a signature at the bank and harder to replace a SIM card.

Conclusion/ Remarks

The only sound reason  is on security.

Police letter is for protecting users. Apart from those items, what could they have used to verify genuine owners?

5. Basic crime forensics Initiated by  David Katende

Is it too hard for Police to maintain  and implement basic crime  forensics systems like maintaining  a database of pictures of chronic thugs and pictures of exhibits, crime scenes and fingerprints?

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Conclusion/ Remarks

To also share locations of crime on interactive accessible maps for the public to take caution.

6. DotAfrica new gTLD Reserve name policy Initiated by  Lillian Nalwoga

Governments will be required to“..... adopt a consultative process for developing a national list of reserved names”

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Starting point for these discussions could be at the Uganda Internet Governance Forum 2013 scheduled to take place on September 18th.

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Conclusion/ Remarks

Uganda should start thinking of names to reserve as a country under .africa

It would be difficult without a focal point or lead, can I-network take on that role. What was government’s policy on the .ug .tld?

7. Charges for data bundles on the Airtel network are unacceptably high. Initiated by Esther Nakkazi

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Airtel is also prone to skipping IPs which is a DHCP issue that they refuse to fix. For stable IP MTN is the answer.

Conclusion/ Remarks

It could be due to the foreign software that might have bugs.

We (Ugandans) shouldn’t be willing to settle for less than the best service.

Check for programs running in the background. They may be depleting bandwidth

8. Mobile Data! Initiated by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

What network can one use when MTN is down, Orange?

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Location: Ntinda, bought Warid and Orange and they are both good.

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Conclusion/ Remarks

Smile and Orange are good depending on the location and cost.


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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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