How Digital Inclusion Is Done in Africa

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I've just returned from organizing an electronics recycling conference in Cape Town, South Africa, where I met Dr. Hylton Villet, the chairman of MyDigitalBridge in Namibia. Namibia is a medium-sized country that borders South Africa. After Mongolia, Namibia is the least densely populated country in the world. One thing that Namibia has going for it is a stable parliamentary democracy and a government that clearly believes in digital inclusion.

Conquering a Cruel Continent for a Cause

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The Namib Desert in Namibia (has the highest sand dunes on earth). He runs these ultramarathons to raise money and generate awareness for charitable causes. What would motivate you to run 150 miles across hottest, driest, windiest, coldest, and sandiest places on Earth? At the end of every day, your legs would be like rubber, and you'd be completely and utterly exhausted. But then you'd have to get up the next day and run another 25 miles (or more).

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Nonprofit Technology News: 2013 Year in Review

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These sentient things combine to generate vast oceans of data about us, which is in turn consolidated into big data in the cloud. I see the grand wave of IoT and Big Data combining to generate the copyright issue for the ages. in Namibia is showing the way for providing Internet access in Africa. 2013 was the year of an ever-widening NSA spying scandal with its revelations of how little digital privacy we really have – even heads of state.

Traveling Postcards: Interview with Founder, Caroline Lovell

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What started out as a personal art project has grown into a global community project that has created over 800 handmade cards carrying voices to and from the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Costa Rica, Niger, Namibia, America, Haiti and Afghanistan. She believes that our stories matter, and our personal expression of that story can cross borders and reach far beyond ourselves to grow and affect change for generations to come.

Why Building Resilient Networks Matter

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This puts New York City’s economic disparity on par with places like Sierra Leone or Namibia. Photovoltaics, fuel cells, appliances that generate their own electricity, and ideas yet to be imagined will form decentralized component parts that can be networked together with distributed intelligence. The transition from a centralized grid to locally-generated power systems that can operate independently is not unlike the transition from mainframe to cloud computing.