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  • Vodacom Launches Betavine Social eXchange Pilot

    Press Release

    9 October 2009


    Vodacom, in collaboration with Vodafone, will be launching the global pilot of Betavine Social eXchange (BSX) - funded by the Vodafone Group Social Investment Fund. BSX was conceived to create mobile solutions to solve social problems in a sustainable manner via an open mobile applications community.

    The BSX pilot project will be launched on 15 October 2009 and will engage a number of South African stakeholders while investigating the functionality and usability of the BSX initiative.  A key outcome of the 6-month pilot will be the assessment of the efficiency of BSX as a mechanism for sustainable distribution of mobile solutions.

    Vodacom, South Africa’s leading cellular network, in collaboration with Vodafone, is proud to announce the launch of the global pilot of Betavine Social eXchange (BSX) - funded by the Vodafone Group Social Investment Fund. BSX was conceived to create mobile solutions to solve social problems in a sustainable manner via an open mobile applications community.

    The BSX pilot project will be launched on 15 October 2009 and will engage a number of South African stakeholders while investigating the functionality and usability of the BSX initiative.  A key outcome of the 6-month pilot will be the assessment of the efficiency of BSX as a mechanism for sustainable distribution of mobile solutions.

    “This initiative forms part of the Vodacom‘s drive for collaborative innovation and co-creation of solutions in the mobile industry. We are very involved and committed to social upliftment in South Africa, and we believe the Betavine Social eXchange can contribute to sustainable development.” says Shameel Joosub, Managing Director, Vodacom South Africa. 

    The 5th Annual SANGONeT “ICT for Civil Society” Conference in Johannesburg, where BSX is being launched, is the premier ICT event dedicated to the work of the NGO sector in Southern Africa. It brings together NGOs, key application developers and ICT stakeholders with an interest in supporting the use of technology to solve social challenges for NGOs. The SANGONeT 2009 event will focus on the relevance of social media tools to the South African NGO sector.

    David Barnard, Executive Director of SANGONeT, says: “The Betavine Social eXchange is a powerful example of innovative collaboration between the mobile industry and organisations at the forefront of addressing society’s development challenges. We are pleased that the pilot project will be implemented in South Africa given the country’s dynamic mobile industry and vibrant NGO sector.”

    For more information on Betavine Social eXchange, please visit www.vodacominnovation.co.za or www.betavine.net

    Ends

    Issued on behalf of:

    Shameel Joosub
    Managing Director
    Vodacom South Africa

    Issued by:

    Nicolene Visser
    Executive Head: Corporate Communications
    Vodacom Group Limited
    011 653 5741
    corporate.affairs@vodacom.co.za

    For more information on the SANGONeT conference:

    Matthew de Gale
    ICT Services Manager
    SANGONeT
    011 403 4935
    083 297 2939
    matthew@sangonet.org.za

    Editor notes:

    In 2007 Vodafone launched the Betavine platform (www.betavine.net) as an open mobile application community - a place where anyone can find and share information and experiences about developing applications on any technology platform. It was created to encourage developers to cross over from other types of software development to mobile software development.

    Building on this model of community-driven mobile application development, the Betavine Social eXchange was conceived to create mobile solutions to solve social problems in a way that helps them to be sustainable. It aims to engage new communities of users and enables participation of developers and users in the co-creation of new mobile applications and services.
    Date published: 
    09/10/2009
    Organisation: 
    Vodacom Group Limited
  • Microsoft Unveils Windows Phones

    Microsoft has unveiled its' company's line of Windows smartphones in an offensive against Apple's iPhone and Google's Android system.

    Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer points out that, "We have done a lot of work on the user interface, we simplified the user interface."

    Ballmer says that, "We have taken the Internet Explorer browser technologies, and we rebuilt them for the first time for these Windows phones. So you can get the same experience on these phones that you will get on your windows PC."

    Around 30 types of ‘Windows phones’ with various designs will be available by the end of the year in more than 20 countries.

    To read the article titled, “Microsoft unveils Windows phones,” click here.
    Source: 
    <br /> IOL Technology
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  • 2009 NGO Web Awards Shortlist

    SANGONeT is pleased to announce the shortlisted entries for the 2009 South African NGO Web Awards. This year the awards have two categories:

    1. Best use of social media
    2. Best use of mobile technology

    The selection committee comprised Guy Talor from telamenta - beautiful, functional web tools, Lebo Marishane from Women’sNet, and SANGONeT staff members Jan Moolman, Nicolle Beeby and Matthew de Gale. Entries were judged according to criteria including innovation, integration, aesthetic, and the extent to which the site meets overall organisational objectives.

    The 2009 shortlisted entries in no particular order are:
    Winners will be announced at the SANGONeT "Social Media for NGOs" Conference in Cape Town on 20 October 2009.

    Three prizes to the value of R10 000 each have been sponsored by Torque-IT, while telamenta has sponsored an additional prize.
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  • Next War on Cyberspace – ITU

    The next world war could take place in cyberspace. This is the warning from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as experts called for action to stamp out cyber attacks.

    ITU chief, Hamadoun Toure, says that, "The next world war could happen in cyberspace and that would be a catastrophe. We have to make sure that all countries understand that in that war, there is no such thing as a superpower."

    Toure says that countries have become critically dependent on technology for commerce, finance, health care, emergency services and food distribution.
    "Loss of vital networks will quickly cripple any nation, and none is immune to cyberattack," says Toure.

    To read the article titled, “Next world war in cyberspace,” click here.
    Source: 
    News24
  • New Computer Virus Targets Social Network Users

    Security software vendors say cyber criminals are increasingly focusing their attacks on the hundreds of millions of users of social networks and on loopholes in bank security systems.

    Smaller research firm F-Secure says in its quarterly virus report that as Facebook reached 300 million accounts in September, social networks and social media continues to attract criminals.

    The company says that, “As Twitter has grown in popularity, it has been increasingly targeted by worms, spam and account hijacking.”

    To read the article titled, “New computer viruses target Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites,” click here.
    Source: 
    <br /> Sowetan
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  • Buses to Dent ICT Access in Rwanda

    Barely four months since RDB/IT introduced the two models of ICT buses, reports indicate that their impact in improving information technology is already being felt all over the country.

    In a phone interview with Wilson Muyenzi, the e-Rwanda coordinator, one of the Hi-tech buses is already being used in Kamonyi district, in the Southern Province, by students and other local residents seeking IT services.

    "We expect higher benefits to people in other rural areas which have been cut off in terms of ICT access," pointed Muyenzi.

    "We are officially launching these buses on Thursday in Kamonyi, but so far the rollout has been received positively and we believe access to ICT will be greatly improved in rural areas," he said.

    The mobile internet cafes which are equipped with 22 HP laptops, will be traveling to rural areas to allow ordinary citizens access IT services, and are expected to target students, business people and farmers seeking to source for markets.

    To read the full article titled, "ICT Buses Impacting Well Ahead of Official Launch", click here.

    Source: 
    <br /> All Africa
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  • Supercomputer Hits South African Shores

    South Africa's newest supercomputer, a Sun Microsystems hybrid, went online in Cape Town earlier this month, providing the local and regional research community with a powerful tool for tackling problems of climate change, energy security and human health.

    With a peak performance of 31-trillion calculations per second, the hybrid supercomputer is the fastest in Africa and ranks among the top 500 in the world.

    By using the system, months of computing on research projects can be replaced by weeks, days or even hours of work. It is housed at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), a unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

    "Through the addition of this Sun Microsystems hybrid supercomputer, the CHPC has become a facility that holds its own among the best in the world," CSIR chief executive Sibusiso Sibisi said in a statement.

    To read the full article titled,"Africa's most powerful supercomputer", click here.

    Source: 
    <br /> South Africa.info
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  • ICTs and Women's Equality: APC and the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM)

    With GEM, I began to appreciate why sometimes the women that are part of our community resist the empowerment process. I used to be annoyed but now I understand that this is the product of years of conditioning and it will take some effort to reverse the trend. GEM helps you see the situation for what it is, so you can optimise your resources where you can make the maximum impact in creating change, John Dada has been a GEM user since 2007 in rural Nigeria.

    GEM is an evaluation tool for determining whether ICTs are really improving or worsening womens lives and for promoting positive change. GEM has been developed from the ground up, and has involved the collaboration of hundreds of community-based organisations and individuals since its first design in 2002.

    For more information, click here.

  • Google Turns Eleven

    Google is celebrates its 11th birthday on Monday, 28 September with another example of its famous Google "doodles" -- a special logo on its search front page. The internet giant has added an extra L to its name to form an 11, representing its eleven years as a company.

    However, there is some confusion over the exact date of the company's birth. Last year, Google put up its 10th birthday logo on September 2 and, according to its Wikipedia entry, it was incorporated as a privately held company on September 4 1998.

    The world's favourite search engine, founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were PhD students at Stanford University, could also choose to celebrate on 15 September, the day the Google domain name was registered.

    To read the article titled, "Google doodle celebrates search engine's 11th anniversary," click here.

    Source: 
    <br /> Mail and Guardian
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  • African Women & ICTs

    African Women and ICTs explores the ways in which women in Africa utilise information and communication technologies (ICTs) to facilitate their empowerment; whether through the mobile village phone business, through internet use, or through new career and ICT employment opportunities. Based on the outcome of an extensive research project, this timely book features chapters based on original primary field research undertaken by academics and activists who have investigated situations within their own communities and countries. The discussion includes such issues as the notion of ICTs for empowerment and as agents of change, ICTs in the fight against gender-based violence, and how ICTs could be used to reconceptualise public and private spaces.

    For more information and to acquire the book, click here.


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