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…

Innovation in Africa: what next?

Africa is heading into an age in which it could potentially “leapfrog into the digital revolution” setting up the continent for major future success and prosperity. The fact that the continent now has access to new and exciting technologies could enable young visionaries to spring into a time of digital…

Viber opens Public Chats in Africa

Viber, the free calling and messaging app announced that it as opened its latest social channel, Public Chats in Africa and the Middle East. The app has over 644 million unique users and public chats enables influential figures throughout the world to “reach local and regional audiences”, reported AFK Insider….

South Africa: #SaveWhatsApp

South Africans have hit back at a proposal to protect the country’s mobile service providers against competition from free communication apps. A South African women’s magazine, All4Women created the petition fighting to prevent telecoms from regulating free to use services (after downloaded) such as WhatsApp and Skype, known as over-the-top (OTT)…

Netflix in Africa

Netflix has expanded into 130 countries including the African continent, the company announced Wednesday. Previously the service was only available in 60 countries but it is now accessible in 190. The chief executive of Netflix, Reed Hastings, announced the expansion during the opening speech of the Consumer Electronics Show in…

Celebrating Africa’s innovators as the new year arrives

Between the 2nd and 11th December while world leaders and negotiators gathered at le Bouget for the climate conference, another important conference was going on in Paris. Planet workshops in partnership with a number of public and private organisations organised an African focus conference tagged “Land of African conference” at…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

How tech is changing international development

Technology is not often the first thing that comes to mind when we think of international development. Usually we are more focused on overarching ideas like clean drinking water or halting a disease that was eradicated in the developed world decades ago. But in reality, some of the very same…

Andy Prinsen and Alexis Barnes

Andy Prinsen is a writer and multimedia producer based in Denver, Colorado. He has a Masters degree in public affairs and bachelors in journalism. @andyalacarte. Alexis Barnes is a multimedia journalist currently working in development in Zambia. @AlexisKReports.