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Online purchases in Ghana on steady rise – Report

A report on the retail industry in Ghana has shown a steady rise in the number of consumers using online platforms for products purchases, thanks to an expanding middle class, the proliferation of smartphones and tech-savvy young people. The report published by Firmus Advisory, a leading Market Research, Regulatory Compliance, …

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Lack of competition in broadband markets keeping millions offline

A research published by the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), an initiative of the Web Foundation, shows that consolidated broadband markets are keeping prices high and putting life-changing internet access out of reach for hundreds of millions of people. Although broadband markets had historically become more competitive, helping to bring …

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MTN launches Mobile Money API hackathon

In pursuit of its goal to contribute to bridging the financial divide, MTN Group has granted third parties access to its Mobile Money (MoMo) Access Programming Interface (API) platform accessible on https://momodeveloper.mtn.com/. The open API would enable developers and programmers to innovate on the platform and develop products and other …

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e-Crime Bureau urges government to embibe Cyber Essentials Scheme programme

e-Crime Bureau, Ghana’s leading Cyber Security and Investigations firm, has called on government to embrace and imbibe the implementation of Cyber Essentials Scheme programme to improve development in the area of cybersecurity in the country. Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online …

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Africa has low rate of reporting false information on Facebook

Madam Adaora Ikenze, Facebook Anglophone West African representative, has said Africa has the lowest rate of reporting false information posted on Facebook globally. She said though they knew the information posted- especially images and videos were false, they would not report them to the appropriate quarters but still forward them …

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Ghana recorded $205m  loss to cyber-crimes in 2018

Mr Vincent Sowah Odotei, Deputy Minister for Communications has revealed that government is making strides in its fight against cyber-crime. He said statistics from the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) indicated that, the country recorded financial losses from cyber-crime to the tune of $205 million as at 2018. However, in recent …

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Ghana to conduct first ever digital Census in 2020

Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, the Government Statistician Thursday said Ghana will witness its first ever digital Census in the 2020 Population and Housing Census. He said the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) would deploy 70,000 tablets and leverage on other modern digital technologies to collect data to ensure accurate and reliable …

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Mobile money interoperability records over one million transactions in September

Mobile money transactions across networks referred to as mobile money interoperability (MMI) recorded over one million transactions in September this year, the highest volume of transactions since it was introduced. This compared with about 312,000 transactions in September 2018, representing an increase of over 250 percent. The data of transactions …

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Ghana to criminalise inappropriate Internet content

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications, has announced that Ghana would soon criminalise the sharing of inappropriate social media content. She said the law would soon be enshrined with strict penalties so that sending, retaining, and sharing of such contents would be punishable by law. The Communication Minister cited …

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Ghana government urged to reconsider taxing Internet

Professor Nii Narku Quaynor, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Cape Coast, has called on government to reconsider taxing the internet as that could slow development. He said the internet was used in so many ways to improve education, health and businesses among others and that a …

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