Stories about Technology from March, 2015
Another Blogger Hacked to Death: Is Free Thinking Becoming Fatal in Bangladesh?
A young man named Oyasiqur Rahman Babu was killed in Bangladesh by religious fanatics in the second such incident in a month's time.
Mapping Vietnam's Socio-Economic Indicators
The World Bank has launched mapVIETNAM, an interactive map that shows various socio-economic indicators in Vietnam such as poverty rates, employment, and electricity connectivity. The photo above shows the number of households living on $2 dollars a day. Using the map, we can see that poverty rates are high in...
Lights Out! In Many Global Cities, Power Outages Are Part of Everyday Life
"When it comes to power outages in Nigeria, I was born into it and the way things are going, I'll die without seeing an uninterrupted 24 hours supply of electricity."
#HackEC15 — An Open Data Challenge in Ecuador
As part of the Second International Conference on Democracy and Digital Government 2015 (ICEDEG 2015), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is hosting Hack Ecuador Challenge 2015 (HEC'15). The event welcomes Ecuadorians with open-data apps that promise to deliver needed services in local communities, improving the nation's online ecosystem, especially in the...
Cameroon's Government Tries (and Fails) to Blame Embarrassing Photoshop on Hack Attack
Officials claim a photoshopped image of the president honoring fallen soldiers was the work of a hacker. But it's not the first time the government has featured manipulated photos.
Internet in Iran: Evaluating Rouhani’s First Two Years as President
Has Rouhani lived up to lofty expectations of more Internet freedom in Iran? This is the question Small Media's latest report seeks to address.
Iranian Social Media's Short Attention Span for #AcidAttacks Against Women
Acid attacks on women last year in Isfahan created a fearful atmosphere and sparked protests. Despite developments, social media users seem to have moved on from the topic.
Japanese Power Utility Finally Admits Fukushima Meltdown
Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility was severely damaged following the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011.
Nintendo Finally Goes Mobile After Years of Resisting
"Although Nintendo's decision to enter the mobile market is a sign of the times and is a business decision, it's a bit of sad situation."
Watch Out for MozFest East Africa 2015
MozFestEA will take place from July 17th – 19th 2015, at Victoria University, Kampala, Uganda under the theme,“Building solutions for Africa's challenges, together on the web”: MozFest East Africa is an annual event that brings together educators, innovators, learners and makers from East Africa and beyond to share experiences and...
One Small Step for a Trinidadian Rocket Scientist, One Giant Leap for Young Women
"I know what space did for me -- it pulled me outside of myself -- and I wanted to give that back," Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne tells Global Voices.
Trek Nepal's Everest Region Without Ever Leaving Home
Google has launched a virtual tour of the Khumbu region with stunning images of the treacherous terrain.
Real Goats. Real Stories. Bangladesh Delivers.
Read the full interview here at Scroll.in. Bangladesh has now a satirical Facebook page much like Pigeons of New York, which is itself a parody site of the famous Humans of New York project. Goats of Bangladesh is only about six months old, but it boasts of almost 10,000 followers. Sahil Bhalla of Scroll.in interviewed one of the...
A Dialogue About Communication — Not Political Change — in Iran
Iran Internet experts gather to talk about how Iranians can easily access information communication technologies that connect Iranians to each other, and to the rest of the world.
A Candy-Powered Rocket in Japan? Challenge Accepted!
People from all over Japan participated in the Candy Rocket Project, embarking on a mission to launch a rocket. Candy maker UHA Mikakuto uploaded the results in cool YouTube video.
Can Mock Hunts Save Lions in Kenya and Tanzania?
Maasai warriors and biologists are teaming up in Kenya and Tanzania to defuse human-lion conflict in Kenya.
Need a Creative Commons-Licensed Image? Germany's Saxon State and University Library Has a Million
The library in Dresden has given CC BY-SA 4.0 licences to parts of its collection, meaning images can be used for commercial purposes, as long as the source is cited.
International Women's Day: One Date, Billions of Contexts
Although International Women's Day was first spearheaded by socialist groups, and focused on working women, the day has now taken on distinctive forms in different locations all over the world.
Spain and Latin America Celebrate Open Data Day
One again, bloggers, hackers, designers, experts, as well as citizens interested in open data and transparency will meet to celebrate International Open Data Day 2015 all over the world to promote the opening of government data. The event is expected to have online meetings but also in-person activities all over...
Here Are Kenyan Technology Companies That Were Funded in 2014
Do you know Kenyan technology companies that got funded in 2014? Erik Hersmann lists them in this blog post: Early stage capital Angani – Public cloud computing provider BRCK – Rugged, wireless WiFi device CardPlanet – Mobile money payment system aimed at business and NGOs iProcure – Software for optimizing...
14 Open Source Products Based in Africa
Despite many problems facing the African continet, African open source innovators are not lagging behing. Here is a list of 14 open source projects coming out of the continent.