These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
Mobile Phones Dominate in South Africa
Africa is in the midst of a technological revolution, and nothing illustrates that fact than the proliferation of mobile phones. Consider this: more Africans have access to mobile phones than to clean drinking water. In South Africa, the continent’s strongest economy, mobile phone use has gone from 17 percent of adults in 2000 to 76 percent in 2010. Today, more South Africans – 29 million – use mobile phones than radio (28 million), TV (27 million) or personal computers (6 million). Only 5 million South Africans use landline phones. READ MORE
Blottr is the “people-powered news service” that has thus far allowed UK citizen journalists to capture, collaborate and report on news where they live. And now, it seems, it’s going international.
Blottr was the brainchild of London-based entrepreneur Adam Baker, who funded the initial roll-out back in September 2010. And in May this year, the startup secured £1m in investment.
Blottr currently has 1.4m uniques a month in the UK and, up until this week, the service focused on 8 cities - Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Leicester, London and Manchester. But a year on from launch, Blottr is now looking further afield and has launched a localized version of the service for France. READ MORE
MPs have backed a motion allowing them to use Twitter during Commons debates.
An amendment that would have effectively banned its use - by permitting MPs to only "receive and send urgent messages" in the chamber - was defeated by 206 votes to 63.
Some MPs had argued that the widespread use of smart phones and tablet computers during proceedings would bring the Commons into "disrepute".
But others said Twitter was a valuable way to communicate with the public. READ MORE
A diverse group of young emerging leaders from all across Africa and the diaspora has come together to promote a unified vision for the continent and devise ways to move it forward.
Dubbed Africa 2.0, the advocacy group recently met in Mombasa, Kenya, to bring together some 250 young businessmen, social entrepreneurs and opinion leaders from nearly 40 African countries to work toward a strategy that could help the continent leapfrog and accelerate its development.
"If you think about it, China has an agenda for Africa. India has an agenda, Europe, America. It's about time we Africans set an agenda for ourselves." says Mamadou Toure, founder of Africa 2.0. READ MORE