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According to information posted at Security Forum, the regions premier security mailing list, Rwanda security forces are in Kenya on a hacker recruiting mission. The information says that Rwanda is seeking security professionals to bring down various foreign websites that hold information not ‘friendly’ to the Rwandan government.
A poster in the forum claims that Rwanda first tried to source security professionals in Uganda as there weren’t enough in Rwanda. There was also a skill shortage in Uganda, and so they were pointed to Kenya. The information also claims that they have targeted both seasoned security professionals and learners, popularly known as ‘script kiddies’
Driving through some of the most beautiful landscapes you'll find anywhere - lush, rolling hills, with terraced fields and farmers bending to tend their crops with ancient tools, rather as if we'd been transported back to 16th Century Tuscany.
A child carrying a heavy load of wood on his head down a dusty red road while behind him a luxury coach packed with spanking new laptops draws up to give a taste of the internet to a village which doesn't even have electricity.
The village choir gathering to practice a few yards away, a woman with a drum beating out a rhythm while the rest make a beautiful sound.
Peering down a manhole in the centre of Kigali to see the fibre-optic cable network which now stretches right across this country- while a crowd gathers and a man tries to interest me in one of the hard-boiled eggs he is selling.
As I’ve mentioned before, nearly 80 percent of Rwandans are employed in the agricultural sector. Opportunities to move into other sectors are limited. For one, very few Rwandans have access to higher education. However, even those who do study at Rwanda’s best institutions have a difficult time finding jobs commensurate with their education due to the lack of upper echelon employment opportunities. There are a number of reasons why these jobs don’t exist, but one that I would particularly like to emphasize is the limited reach of the electricity grid. In 2009, only 6 percent of the population had access to electricity (Ministry of Infrastructure). By 2012, the government is hoping to increase this to 16 percent through the national Electricity Access Roll Out Plan. This doesn’t explain low access to jobs in population centers such as Kigali, but it does provide reason for incredible emphasis on agriculture in the country’s rural regions. Needless to say, it is difficult to create high paying jobs without access to electricity and education. Consequently, markets for goods are overwhelmingly local with little hope for expansion, particularly given the astronomical transportation costs.
The Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) is a collaborative effort of the seven IGAD Member States (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda) and one of IGAD’s programmes targeted at mitigating and preventing violent conflicts in the sub-region. Since its establishment in 2002, CEWARN has been functioning with a particular focus on cross-border pastoralist and related conflicts
Rwandatel is the country's leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) despite its recent troubles, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) said in the latest statistics, which contradict earlier figures that suggested the telecom operator had lost its position to MTN Rwanda.
The report from the regulator indicates that fixed broadband internet market is dominated by Rwandatel, which has 1,359 users or 52 percent of the market share.
Rwandatel in which Libyan Africa Investment Portfolio (LAP Green) hold 80 percent shares and government of Rwanda 20 percent lost its cell phone operating license after RURA accused it of failure to implement its license obligations
When Greg Whyler, an American tech entrepreneur, purchased Rwandatel, Rwanda’s government owned telecom monopoly, he found that his new company paid 12 employees “whose sole job was to play on the company soccer team.” Now that’s pretty cool! Of course Greg Whyler didn’t think so. By spending upwards of $35 million on telecommunications in Rwanda, Whyler has made a serious investment in a nation still suffering from the trauma of its infamously brutal civil war. While many people in Rwanda believe that coffee and export oriented development are the ticket to economic prosperity, Whyler has placed his faith in the internet, arguing that fiber optics will save Rwanda from its woes and power economic growth in the region.
All in all, Terrecom has made tremendous strides, even if it still has a long way to go. As Albert Butare, Rwanda’s telecommunications minister, pointed out, "We've had to rebuild everything from nothing," referring to the destruction left over from the genocide. “So when people need shelter, water and energy, they ask, 'Do I really need a computer?'" And maybe he’s right. But there is one thing for sure: they definitely need a soccer team.
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