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The Internet's final frontier

There is a growing attack on the independence of internet around the globe.  Some countries are demanding total control of the Internet in the name of  “network sovereignty”.  At the same time, big Internet Corporations choose to fragment their services by focusing on service particular geographic areas and groups, and exclude others. 

While, in the name of “national security” and protection of local innovation against foreign competition, countries like China and the United States block Big Tech offerings.

Google reportedly has a massive culture problem that's destroying it from the inside

Google’s culture is marred with scandals as report after report reveal sexual misconduct by senior executives in the company. One of these executives was former Android head Andy Rubin, who left Google in 2014 after being accused of coercing a co-worker to perform oral sex.

To read the article titled "Google reportedly has a massive culture problem that's destroying it from the inside" Click here 

Social media shutdown in Somalia

On 13 May 2019, Somalia's government announced that it has shut down social media to stop students from cheating during exams. The reason provided by Abdullahi Godah Barre, Cabinet Secretary for Education in Somalia, during a broadcast on the state-owned television station was that this would prevent students from cheating during the country's national high school exams.

To read the full article titled ''Social media shutdown in Somalia'' Click here 

White Zim farmers accept R238m interim payment for land compensation

8 April 2018 
 

Former white commercial farmers in Zimbabwe who had their land expropriated under the fast track land reform programme in the early 2000's have accepted government's offer of an interim payment of RTGS$53m (R238m at current exchange rates).

In 2000 Zimbabwe expropriated land from white commercial farmers without compensation and distributed it to landless black people and the connected elite, who now own multiple farms.
 

 

Zimbabwe land compensation

 

11 April 2019 
 

For 64-year-old Ben Gilpin, a white former commercial farmer in Zimbabwe, the country's fast track land reform programme – which started in 2000 and led to the displacement of approximately 3 500 white commercial farmers – has been nothing but traumatic.

In a matter of months, Gilpin lost some 25kgs due to stress
 

 

Canada to participate in Women, Peace and Security meeting in Namibia

11 April 2019 

Canada strongly believes the greater participation by women in peacekeeping will pave the way for a more enduring peace.

On behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs), will attend a meeting of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network in Windhoek, Namibia, on April 10 and 11, 2019.
 

 

African Development Bank Board approves $4.8 million grant to accelerate African free trade

 

11 April 2019 

On 1 April 2019, the Board of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) approved an institutional support grant of $4.8 million to the African Union (AU) to accelerate the momentum of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA), which received its 22nd ratification on 2 April, bringing the agreement into force.

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