iAfrikan Daily Brief - FBI, Nedbank, Mo Ibrahim Foundation And AngelList Acquires Product Hunt
Friday, 02 December 2016
It Is Now Legal For The FBI To Hack You And Anyone Else On Earth
Barely two days after the United Kingdom's Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) was granted royal assent, making it legal for the UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to access information from anyone outside of the UK; the FBI now has authority to gain access to computers anywhere in the US with a judicially granted search. In some instances, the FBI can also gain access to information from individuals located outside the US thanks to changes to "Rule 41", a statute in the federal rules of criminal procedure that regulates federal search and seizure, which came into effect on 02 December 2016. In the past, magistrates were only permitted to issue warrants under Rule 41 within the jurisdiction of their court. Now, thanks to the changes that have come into effect, the US government's legal hacking powers have been greatly extended, meaning that magistrates can grant investigating authorities the permission to conduct "mass hacking" operations on computers potentially located in any part of the world.
Nedbank Launches Interactive ATMs That Will Allow Customers To Remotely Engage With Bank Tellers
Nedbank, one of South Africa's top five banks, has announced the launch of an ATM that can perform most (if not all) tasks that can be done by a bank teller. The first such ATM is available at Nedbank's flagship branch in Sandton, Johannesburg. Among the ATMs notable features is that it allows customers to remotely engage with tellers located at an off-site service centre via an on-screen video chat session. There are two service centres, one in Newtown, Johannesburg, and the other in Sugar Mill in KwaZulu-Natal. Nedbank says the new service will allow them to provide 24-hour service to customers without the need for in-branch tellers.
Mo Ibrahim Foundation Launched A Data Driven Governance Ranking Portal For Afrika
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation launched a new data driven portal that collects and will measure statistics on issues like safety, human rights and economic opportunities to determine a "governance ranking" for each Afrikan country. According to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Ibrahim Index of African Governance relies on 15 years of statistics that theey have collected and analysed. The Foundation have lso acknowledged that there is a data deficit in Afrika and that this makes the job of governments a bit more difficult. This lack of data also means it is difficult for citizens to measure the progress, if any, of their governments. “It is a matter of ownership, of identity and of sovereignty, Without sound national data, there is no way you can define adequate public policies nor measure their outcomes.” said Mo Ibrahim.
AngeList Acquire Product Hunt For $20 Million
AngelList have acquired Product Hunt for a rumored amount of $20 million. The acquisition is geeat as both companies have complementary services with AngelList somewhat of a "LinkedIn for startups" and Product Hunt showcase the products that startups make. Given the complementary services it is no surprise that AngelList have stated that "we'll be one network where tech companies can fundraise, recruit and launch." AngelList have further elaborated that Product Hunt will remain independent and will maintain "its playful, empathic and curious attitude.", this will surely comfort its many loyal users.
Panel discussion powered by Omidyar Network and hosted by official media partner IAfrikan, centered on the state of the African startup ecosystem, specifically looking at the new generation of African startups in Africa, built by Africans. The panel included Clara Wanjiku Odero, who writes about African startups for Africapedia, Trevor Kimenye, CEO and Co-founder at Ongair, and Marcello Schermer, who is the General Manager for Africa at Seedstars World, and was moderated by Eric Mugendi, editor-at-large at iAfrikan.com