App for tracking epidemics

Researchers in Tanzania have developed a digital application that empowers communities to use smartphones to detect and report the outbreak of diseases  including Ebola and cholera. The digital app, dubbed AfyaData, which is available for download on Google Play store, was developed by researchers at the Sokoine University of Agriculture…

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Tanzania's Jamii Forums shut down by government

Popular Tanzanian forums and "leaks" website, Jamii Forums, has been temporarily shut down by government as it has not complied with the new regulations and license fees required of online content creators in Tanzania. This comes after Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) issued a notice to Jamii Forums reminding them…

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QR payments now possible in Tanzania

People in Tanzania can now make payments for various goods and services using QR codes. This is the result of a partnership between Mastercard and Tigo which will give Tanzanians the ability to use their Tigo Pesa app to make QR payments with Masterpass QR. The interoperable QR payments solution…

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Nuclear energy for Afrikan countries doesn’t make sense

At the moment, the only nuclear plant in operation in Africa is South Africa’s Koeberg, producing 1.86GW of power. This, according to some African leaders, is about to change. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni recently made the astonishing statement that his country is planning 30GW of nuclear power by…

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New social media and blogging regulations in Tanzania

Tanzania has finally signed into law their eyebrow raising new regulation that will govern social media and blogging. The regulation known as the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2017, was initially published by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and came into effect during March 2018. Among some…

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MMM's Russian founder has passed away

Sergei Mavrodi, the Russian founder of the popular and infamous Ponzi scheme that bears his name, MMM, has suffered a fatal heart attack. Mavrodi is reported, by Russian media publications, to have been rushed to hospital on 25 March 2018 after complaining about chest pains only to pass away some…

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