Happy New Year!
With 2017 coming to end, and this being the first day of 2018, we thought we would reflect back on our most popular articles during 2017. The criteria used is simple, these are our most read articles or most listened podcasts that were published in 2017.
We hope enjoyed the holiday season, and whatever is left of it, with loved ones as we take some time to look back at some of the big stories of 2017.
How was 2017 for you?
What development on the continent drew your attention?
What would you like to see more of in 2018?
Sarahah, an Arabic word for "honesty", is an anonymous messaging website that was launched during February 2017. A month after its launch. it had become quite popular amassing over 20 million users. A reported 2 million plus of those users were from Egypt and over 1 million were from Tunisia.
TechCrunch held their first ever TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa in 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. It was a well-attended event that saw various Afrikan startups pitching to be crowned the winner. Curiously, the eventual winner, LORI Systems were not part of the initial 15 startups announced as finalists for the event nor did their name appear on the day's printed agenda and programme.
The first-ever fiber optic cable with a route between the USA and India via Brasil and South Africa will soon be a reality. The cable is a "first" given its unique path connecting the USA with three BRICS countries.
During February 2017, an anonymous whistleblower is alleged to have sent the South African Police Services’ (SAPS) National Head of Investigations, South Africa’s Special Investigations Unit, and the country’s Hawks a letter requesting they “investigate corrupt activities in the national Department of Water and Sanitations”. One of the people implicated in the letter is SAP South Africa's Managing Director.
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South Africa suffered its largest data breach, later we discovered it was actually a leak, as millions of personal records of anyone, dead or alive, with a South African ID number (13 digit identity number) were leaked on the Internet. The leak was first revealed by security consultant and researcher, Troy Hunt, on 17 October 2017.
During April 2017, Root, an OfferZen project, announced it will soon be offering a programmable bank account with APIs in partnership with Standard Bank South Africa.
August 2017 was when Tanzania became the latest country to partner with Zipline as the East Afrikan launched the world’s largest drone delivery service. The service will provide emergency on-demand access to critical and life-saving medicines.
To kick off 2017, we shared some fun facts about 2017, the prime number. Hint: it is more than just another prime number.
The biggest story of 2017 is a follow-up on the South African data leak story. After spending a few hours investigating the data leak further, we were able to reveal that at the time of publishing the initial article, the public database backup file (and a smaller compressed version), were still available publicly on the Internet for anyone to download. What followed was a story of negligence, incompetence and finger pointing.