iAfrikan Daily Brief - #FreeMaxence, #AmazonPrimeAir, Yahoo And Uganda's Solar Power Plant
Thursday, 15 December 2016
Tanzania's Maxence Melo Arrested For Not Revealing Whistleblowers Using His Online Platform
Tanzania’s Maxence Melo, co-founder of popular whistle-blowing online platform JamiiForums, has been arrested by police in the East African country for allegedly declining to reveal the identities of whistleblowers who allegedly posted on sensitive information on his social media platform. More peculiar is police arrested Maxence for his alleged failure to appear in court for a case filed against his company Jamii Media, worse is his lawyer has revealed that no one had knowledge of the case filed against Jamii Media at the High Court. This has made the circumstances surrounding his arrest suspicious. Furthermore, it has emerged that he was allegedly not allowed to appear in court, as police continued to search his home. This is worrying and we hope we can all raise awareness about this and put pressure on the relevant authorities.
Amazon's Prime Air Makes First Customer Order Delivery By Drone Without A Human Pilot
“First-ever #AmazonPrimeAir customer delivery is in the books, 13 min -- click to delivery.” Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos said in a tweet announcing the first drone delivery to an actual customer by the Amazon Prime Air service. Also, important to note that the drone delivery was done without a human pilot and it took 13 minutes from the order being placed by a customer (he ordered a Fire TV device and popcorn) to delivery. The delivery took place in England’s countryside on 07 December 2016 around Cambridge. Also important and significant to note is that this specific area is authorised by UK aviation authorities for drone test flights. Commendable feet by Amazon, but Rwanda takes the bragging rights on drone deliveries as they were first to do medical supplies drone deliveries earlier in 2016.
More Than One Billion Yahoo Accounts Hacked
Yahoo has suffered yet another massive data breach, this time with an unauthorised third party gaining access to information related to more than one billion user accounts in August 2013. According to a statement released by the company following the confirmation, data associated with more than one billion user accounts was stolen in the intrusion associated with this theft, but they believe that this incident is likely distinct from the incident the company disclosed on September 22, 2016. "Following a recent investigation", the statement from Yahoo's Chief Information Security Officer Bob Lord goes on to say, "we’ve identified data security issues concerning certain user accounts. We’ve taken steps to secure those user accounts and we’re working closely with law enforcement."
Uganda Is Betting On A New Solar Power Plant To Boost Electricity Supply
Credit: Access Uganda Solar (Access Soroti)
Uganda has launched a $19 Million solar plant, the country’s first grid-connected renewable energy facility, expected to generate clean, sustainable electricity as part of a bid to boost power production. The plant is located in Soroti in Uganda's Eastern Region and lies on 33 acres of land. It comprises of 32,680 photovoltaic panels with a total output of 10 to 12 megawatts. The plant will sell power to the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (UETCL) under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) backed by a sovereign guarantee from the Government of Uganda. The $19 million Soroti plant was developed under the Global Energy Transfer Feed-in Tariff (GET FiT), a dedicated support scheme for renewable energy projects managed by Germany’s KfW Development Bank in partnership with Uganda’s Electricity Regulatory Agency (ERA).