By Our Reporter
A media roundtable brought together leaders of regional and global Internet organizations to share perspectives on African representation in the Internet ecosystem, and participation in shaping the Internet’s future.
Led by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and attended by the Internet Society’s Uganda Chapter, and AfRegistrar, the media roundtable took place during the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel.
ICANN has been actively seeking to help raise awareness and build capacities around the domain name system, and the Internet in general across Africa. As part of this, it has been supporting and holding several workshops in the region.
“Africa’s digital potential is rising, which makes it imperative for the continent to claim its voice in the global Internet governance and protect its interests” stressed Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN VP of GSE in Africa. “With this in mind, ICANN is committed to providing equal opportunities to inform the region’s different communities about the domain name industry, and working with them on how best to not only strengthen Africa’s online presence, but also improve their participation within ICANN. Uganda is no exception.”
ICANN helps people connect to each other online. This happens through its coordination of parts of the Domain Name System (DNS), which is at the very root of the Internet functions. It translates computer host names into IP addresses, as well as the Internet Protocol addressing system used to route Internet traffic. Thus, ICANN plays a specific, technical role, acting in the global public interest as the trusted steward of these unique identifier systems of the Internet. With every email, video chat, or online purchase, ICANN is touched in one way or another. Also, ICANN helps protect the resiliency and security of the DNS and of Internet at large.
“We need to have this dialogue about the Internet now, and not later; as Africa is not outside the realms of the Internet. Every policy made about the future of the Internet concerns us, too. So, we need to join the decision-makers, and not stay as bystanders” said Lillian Nalwoga, the President of ISOC Uganda Chapter.
The Internet penetration in Africa is around 37%, still lagging behind with respect to the global penetration rate which is at 57%. Internet access is among the many other obstacles Africa has to overcome with respect to its integration into the global digital economy, including the domain name business.
“AfRegistrar will work closely with African Regulators, African Union and Private Sector to enable the emergency of a vibrant Internet Environment for the African Economy, with a good and active Internet Governance, in an active and harmonized Broadband Policy and Regulation for African countries” reiterated Mouhamet Diop, Chair of AfRegistrar.
Ugandan Digital Agency “Definite Creations” ranks 9th among top Web Design companies in the world
Ugandan website designing company Definite Creations has been ranked among the top global website designing companies by Yahoo Finance Magazine. The Ugandan website designing giant beat over 1,500 participating companies to a top slot.
Definite Creations is a premier digital agency in Uganda providing compelling digital solutions in professional website design and hosting services, search engine optimization and social media marketing, mobile Apps and software development to help businesses achieve more.
Participating in this ranking and emerging 9th out of the top 25, Definite Creations managed to beat over 1,500 participating companies from different countries based on price, portfolios, reviews, leadership and expertise.
Speaking to Definite Creations about this milestone, Lodi Daniel, the founder and CEO of Definite Creations admits that it’s a very humbling experience having your company feature on prominent magazine like Yahoo Finance, “I would like to give the glory back to God and thank all the team at Definite Creations for the great work they are doing thus far. And this is our renewed commitment to continue providing quality and effective Digital marketing services to our clients and urge businesses to embrace Digital to spiral their business growth” He added.
“Definite Creations is currently serving clients in Uganda, South Sudan, South Africa and this ranking will provide opportunities for us to tap into the global clientele”.
The survey was carried out by DesignRush, a B2B market place that features the top agencies around the world, including the best Digital Agencies, Logo Design, Branding, Digital Marketing, Website Design, ecommerce Web Design Companies, and more.
Infinix to unveil a phone with the latest technology
By Staff Writer
Infinix Mobility’s newest gadget brings science fiction to reality with the Augmented Reality.
The tech company is rumored to unveil its hottest new innovation on 8th July 2019 which includes Augmented Reality (AR)core, AR measure and Quick note. Infinix Mobility has proved extremely impressive setting a trend in the smartphone industry with its latest technology in the upcoming device, the NOTE6 aimed at providing users with reasonably priced device with a higher level of technology.
“We are moving from being just a smartphone company to bringing the high technology to everyone at affordable prices and the pretty cool NOTE6 is the beginning of greater innovation. The NOTE6 may not only be a phone with the AR core but is a device below One million shillings with such great features for everyone.” Marketing Manager, Ms. Gladys Liu said.
The NOTE6 AI powered X-pen comes with a lot of interesting functions which automatically detects and connects phone numbers, reminders, alarm clocks from the content recorded.
In addition, the X-pen has Intelligent gesture which can quickly erase the modified content, export pictures / format easily to spreadsheets, word document and handwritten font is easily translated into text.
The NOTE6 is rumored to have triple rear cameras, with a 3 days battery life and a tremendous upgrade in the RAM and storage capacity providing a user with space enough to store over 15,000 pictures, videos and a smooth user experience without lagging.
The NOTE6 will be available in three colors.
The best government bodies online awarded
By Our Reporter
The National Information Technology Authority (NITA) Uganda awarded the best online government bodies in the eGovernment Excellence Awards held at the Speke Resort Munyonyo on Thursday.
The ceremony, held under the theme “Bold Digital Government: Unlocking Service Delivery”, was aimed at recognizing government agencies that have been outstanding in digitizing and bringing their services online while also creating awareness of eGovernment services.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda who was also Chief Guest of Honour, revealed that the government has made deliberate effort to grow the ICT sector in order to harness the incredible potential it brings to Uganda’s development agenda.
“It is now common wisdom that the internet drives business transformation and economic modernization,” he stated. “However, world over, it is known that affordability is one of the primary barriers to Internet access and optimal use. I would like to acknowledge that there have been deliberate efforts by this government through the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda under the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance to increase internet penetration and reduce the cost of internet.”
The award ceremony was part of a month-long celebration to mark NITA’s 10 years of existence. The awards attracted over 75 nominations under various categories in which 16 awards were won.
Some of the winners included Uganda Revenue Authority which was voted the best Exhibitor at the e-Government Expo 2019; NSSF was voted the best Government Entity Of The Year 2019; while the CIO of the year award went to Martin Ssekajja, the Head of Information Systems at Kampala Capital City Authority.
The award ceremony was organised by Legend Events.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Chief Information Officer – Martin Sekajja
Outstanding Web-portal Award: Connected – Makerere University
Outstanding Web-portal Award: Interactive – UNBS
Outstanding Web-portal Award: Informational – Office of the Director Public Prosecution
Outstanding Web-portal Award: Local Government – Mbarara District Local Government
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Economic, Infrastructure and Competitiveness sector – UNRA (PDU E-Transit Ladder)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Tourism and Trade sector – URA (eBIZ)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Education sector – UNEB (eRegistration)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Health sector – National Medical Store (Smart Care)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Human sector – Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development (External Employment Information System)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Accountability and Governance sector – Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Integrated Financial Management System)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Public Administrations and Management sector – Ministry of Local Government (ELogRev)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Justice Law and Order sector – URSB (Business Registration system)
Best Exhibitor at eGovernment Expo – URA
Government Entity of the Year – NSSF
Citizen Choice – URA (eTax)
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