Tag Archives: Nairobi

Africa online 2011: The mobile continent

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Microsoft. However, while citizens of London and New York are obsessed with the latest iPhone, in Nairobi the most popular handsets are still the Nokia 5130 and 3110. But, even stuck with this “classic” hardware, African companies have managed to come up with some truly innovative applications.

Show me the money

If there’s one area where Africa leads the world, it’s mobile banking. The Kenyan company M-Pesa is a branch-less, mobile money system that allows customers to …

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7 degrees of failure: Is the power of the crowd overrated?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… two were not. Where were these two, you ask? In Pyongyang’s first supermarket ? In the slums of Nairobi or sewers of Delhi? Actually, no. They were in Stockholm and London. (Clearly no one won the Carmen Sandiego Lifetime Achievement Award this time round.)

For crime-fighters and crowdsourcerers (yes, that’s a new term) around the world this is disappointing – especially if you consider that this kind of lend-us-your-eyes crowdsourcing only really works in populated areas. It …


Crowdsourcing Crime Part I: The Good Guys

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… one of the most tech-savvy African nations – a project called Hatari allows the citizens of Nairobi to submit reports and locations of crime and corruption to a website via text, tweet or web form. It’s built on the celebrated Ushahidi platform and founders are working with backers to get a short code that’ll make texting reports free.

If you live in Seattle or Atlanta then crowdsourced crime reporting is just one more nugget of data into the vast melting pot of police reports, …