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Following a loss to Italy in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championships match, social media platforms have been inundated with racist messages and posts directed at Black players on England's national team. Racists hiding behind anonymous accounts is not a new issue in football. Social media companies claim they are doing everything they can to stop this. It is increasingly more difficult to report racism as many users saw with Instagram. The algorithm Instagram uses to determine reports doesn't recognise monkey emojis or bananas as racism. …

Presidential candidate Bobi Wine protesting the social media tax — 2018 — Image courtesy of CRF

The Internet & Africa

New year, same old tricks. As election season approaches in Uganda, the government has taken the unnecessary step to block social media access during the election process. Uganda is not the first nation to take this approach, with Tanzania in 2020 opting to take the route of restricting social media access for the whole nation and Zimbabwe before them shutting down the entire internet for the whole country during civil unrest. In 2018, I wrote about a campaign by a musician, Robert Kyagulanyi otherwise known as Bobi Wine who was protesting against strict policies on social media which involved paying…

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3 skills to get you started in transitioning into cybersecurity in 2021

As we welcome the New Year with a 3rd national lockdown in the UK, it, unfortunately, means some of us have had to cross off going to the gym as part of our new year's resolutions. For those who may be interested in adding cybersecurity as a replacement, I wanted to highlight some skills worth learning this year which will definitely help kickstart your career in cyber. It’s not the same as deadlifting your first 100kg, but doesn’t the thrill of learning how to protect the internet sound equally amazing?

As we have been plunged into remote working, for many…

If you’re new to cloud computing and are looking to gain knowledge in this space, one of the most recommended certifications you can get is the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals: AZ-900. If you have never used Microsoft Azure, you’re in luck. For creating your account, new users will get £150 cloud credits which you can use on the Azure Portal. If you are looking to pursue your Data Science Microsoft accreditation like I am, you have to start somewhere right?

For AZ-900, you will need to be able to (amongst other things):

  • Describe cloud concepts
  • Describe core Azure services
  • Describe security…

Teamwork makes the dream work — Foundervine

My name is Stephen Chapendama and I’m the Technology Manager at Foundervine. For those who don’t know, over the last 2 years, we have had a vibrant and an amazing community-led Whatsapp group where entrepreneurs and program graduates have been networking, creating and sharing all things entrepreneurship and business development.

It’s been amazing to see the community grow but with that growth came some challenges and as a team, we decided to address those challenges and find a solution.

The problems we were facing:

  • Whatsapp only allowed us to have 256 members 🙃
  • We have community members across multiple timezones, sometimes notifications came in a…

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What can we learn from the rise of Zoom during the lockdown 🚀

It’s been the summer of Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts (now called Meet) and for a brief 2 weeks, House Party. As most countries began locking down we started to see a rise in companies starting the digital switch over. Whilst most organizations have been prepared for lockdown and already had platforms in place for remote working, it was very telling how many organizations didn’t. …

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What to do when the world is watching:

You can't predict or plan on going viral so when it does happen, are you aware of the cyber implications that come along with it? This post will highlight things you should know and the ways businesses and individuals can protect themselves after going viral. Often, becoming viral means there’s now a much larger audience out of your control with a spotlight on you, for a business this can be positive, it means more engagement in content, potential sales and expansion into more digital spaces. But there’s a dark side to this viral rise, more attention isn’t always positive as…

Whatsapp — Photo by Christian Wiediger

Digital misinformation is the talk of the town. With the recent difference in the approach shown by the two biggest social media platforms on tackling this, we don’t have to look far in history to see how pivotal & influential social media is and also the impact it can have. Does anyone remember the Brexit referendum? But for those of us who grew up on Limewire and dubious popups, we have been conditioned to see that all that glitters on the internet is not gold. …

Project Thulani: ChatOps meets LazyOps.

This is the story of Thulani, a chatbot I designed to make my life easier and also help me understand ChatOps more. I wish there was more to it than that, I really do, but this post is a guide to what tools and resources I used to understand chat ops more, and how you can use chatbots to solve (hopefully better) problems.

What is chat ops?

ChatOps is the use of chat clients, chatbots and real-time communication tools to facilitate how software development and operation tasks are communicated and executed.

Why did I need a chatbot?

I’ve recently started using the platform Freetrade by the Freetrade Team. I am…

Pretoria, Republic of South Africa 🇿🇦 — Photo by Rachel Martin on Unsplash

Catching up with Southern Africa 🌍

Facebook alongside partners such as China Mobile International, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) recently announced the 2Africa project. The 2Africa project is expected to be one of the largest submarine cables in the world, linking up both West and East Africa, and will connect around 23 countries, starting with the UK and ending in Spain. In the countries where the 2Africa lands, service providers will obtain capacity in carrier-neutral data centres and have access to cable landing stations.

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