Germany to use automated speech analysis for migration applicants

Germany to use automated speech analysis for migration applicants

Within two weeks, German authorities plan to use automated software to analyze speech patterns of  asylum seekers to verify their claimed place of origin, according to a Deutsche Welle report. The software is based on similar authentication programs used in the finance and insurance industries to assess speech patterns when…

African Union celebrates launch of ‘dotAfrica’ Internet domain

African Union celebrates launch of ‘dotAfrica’ Internet domain

African businesses and communities will soon be able to choose a “dotAfrica” website, now that the domain names will be available for registration in the global Internet community. The .africa address went live last month after ICANN, the organization responsible for coordinating the global Internet’s systems of unique identifiers, launched…

Tech entrepreneurs in Ghana talk innovation with Facebook exec

Top Facebook executive Chris Cox visited Ghana on Wednesday, part of a weeklong visit to three West African nations to connect with tech entrepreneurs. Cox, the Chief Product Officer for Facebook, checked out the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra to share ideas about innovation and business development….

Amazon cloud outage shuts down access to popular websites

Having trouble logging on to some websites based in the United States? You’re not alone, because Amazon Web Services experienced a massive blackout Tuesday that’s affected many of their own products and a number of clients. While the outage is concentrated on the East Coast of the United States, it’s…

Mirai in Liberia: Just how vulnerable is Africa to DDoS attack?

Liberians struggling to connect to the Internet have been dealing with DDoS attacks related to a Mirai malware infection, the same botnet-driven cause of several large-scale Internet access disruptions since the open-source malware code was publicly released. It’s the same type of attack that blocked access to Twitter, Netflix and…

Kenyan receives Borlaug Award at World Food Prize symposium

Dr. Andrew Mude of Kenya has received the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, presented at the World Food Prize international symposium in the United States on Wednesday. Mude, an economist and lead scientist with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, was chosen for his…