Tag: africa

Tinkerable Technology Equals Green Technology

This week’s Economist has an excellent special report on waste, entitled Talking Rubbish.  It contains the usual Economist savaging of government decision-making and bureaucracy but more importantly some very interesting news on waste management around the world.  Worth the read...

/ 3 March 2009

A Modest Proposal – The 1 cent SMS

I am filled today, as is often enough the case these days, with a sense of righteous indignation.  In a meeting earlier today, Dominic Cull (firebrand lawyer for the forces of telecommunications good in South Africa) pointed out the obvious. ...

/ 17 February 2009

Undersea Cables Update

It has been a busy year in the world of African undersea cables as the timeline below of cable maps over the last year will attest. A lot has happened or more accurately plans and announcements for a lot have...

/ 11 February 2009

OLPC XO-2 goes Open Hardware

I admit to being a little gobstopped by Nicholas Negroponte’s announcment in the Guardian that the next generation OLPC will be Open Hardware is a pretty big deal.  I picked up the announcement this morning from Make Magazine editor, Phil...

/ 29 January 2009

Action Talks, Armchair Pundits Walk

It is remarkable how polarised the discussion of the OLPC has become.  You either love it or hate it.  I have already said my own say about the value of the OLPC but there is one point that I don’t...

/ 27 January 2009