Egypt Today magazine has published some interesting, yet alarming figures on Egypt’s brain drain due to migration. What’s surprising is the a majority of Egypt’s current migrants are well-to-do, educated professionals seeking a better life elsewhere. It’s staggering just reading through the figures: The Egyptian diaspora is 2.7 million strong. Between 1998 and 2000, 15,000 Arab doctors […]

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  Meraj Chhaya editor-in-chief of Phone Report has set up a share library of all things MobileActive08 in Johannesburg, on Ovi. For the Diaspora, if you were unable to attend and are interested in catching up on what happened, who was there, what happened and/or if you missed a presentation, check out the frequently updated […]

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As you might know, PD loves us some Fred Mutebi, Uganda’s print-maker extraordinaire. Fred’s camp just sent us a press release to let us know that Fred and the Let Art Talk crew will participate in this year’s WorldFest 2008 in Addison, TX. If you are in the area and would like to check out […]

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There’s an article on Global Voices discussing the role of the Diaspora in Madagascar’s development. It’s good to see discussions like these going on in developing countries. In order to properly engage the Diaspora, there has to first be an open discussion on what their role is going to be. But even before such a […]

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    THIS JUST IN: Steve Song at Many Possibilities just chirped to let me know that Alcatel-Lucent, the company contracted to build out EASSy’s 10,000Km undersea cable, announced yesterday that it’s going to deliver 1.4 terabytes of capacity for EASSy, which is due to dock on East and Southern African shores in the 2010 […]

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MobileActive08 pulled off the impossible by convincing over 350 mobile technology enthusiasts, funders, and developers to descend of Wanderers Club in Johannesburg, South Africa for a three-day feast on all thing mobile and development. MobileActive08 kicked off with an informal get-together at the swanky and tech-friendly (free, usable, honest-to-goodness wifi!) Wish Bar in Melville. It […]

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The first day of BarCamp Jozi was supposed to culminate with a live link up with BarCamp Africa. The simple exercise of attempting to find adequate bandwidth for even a one way stream highlighted the anemic availability of adequate bandwidth here in Africa. The strange thing is that BarCamp Nairobi, Ghana, and Lagos managed to get live […]

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Alright we are plugged in here all nerdy-style at BarCamp Jozi. I count 23 individuals with a smattering of laptops, video projection equipment, bean bags and enough genius-level brain power to light a couple cities. 11:30 am The presentations so far have ranged from quantum computing to a debate why there are over 90 url […]

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  Good news, PD is jetting off into the sunset in effort to cover the latest, biggest, baddest confabs about and/or in Africa. Yours truly just landed in Johannesburg, just in time to catch Barcamp Johanessburg this weekend, starting tomorrow. I’ll cover as much as I can from the two-day unconference before skipping across town to […]

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