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Open Access Infrastructure and the Cost of Mistrust

Recently I’ve been writing about the relationship of openness and trust in open movements which has led me to think more about the strategic role of trust in general.  Now I find that almost every problem I try to analyse...

/ 27 February 2015

Africa Telecoms Infrastructure in 2014

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Annual ReviewA look back.  My review of African telecom infrastructure development in 2014. Undersea Cables Perhaps the most noticeable thing about undersea fibre-optic cable development around Africa was the soundless...

/ 7 January 2015

Google, Facebook, and frickin’ Laser Beams

I have such a complicated relationship with Google and Facebook that I sometimes find it hard to write about them.  I don’t mean complicated in the sense of conflict of interest although it is true that one of the organisations...

/ 28 April 2014

Mobile — You Keep Using That Word

In his predictions for 2014, Google chairman Eric Schmidt boldly states “mobile has won“.  For a man who has made some fairly ambitious predictions in the past,  pundits regarded this prediction as fairly tame, perhaps even self-evident. Yet lurking beneath...

/ 31 January 2014

Why Bill Gates is Wrong About Project Loon

In a recent interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Bill Gates took issue with long time competitor Google and their plans to create an alternative communication infrastructure using balloons (Project Loon). He says: When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look...

/ 11 August 2013