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DCA Digital Digest: Digital Transformation and its role in building the African network

Driving inclusive growth across Africa should be a collective goal for all its inhabitants.

In particular, building an African-wide technology ecosystem, is essential for the development and empowerment of business in Africa.

CMC Networks, Africa and the Middle East’s premier data connectivity network provider, says that building an African network for Africans should be an imperative if technology is to play a role in developing a vital emerging market.


2. Toucan raises $3M to teach you new languages as you browse the web

Toucan has developed a Chrome browser extension designed for anyone who wants to learn a new language but hasn’t found the motivation or the time.

Once installed, the extension scans the text of any (English-language) website you’re visiting and will automatically translate some of the words into the language you’re trying to learn. If you mouse over the word, you’ll see the original English word. Think of it as a browser-based version of language flashcards.



3.African scientists in Nigeria have identified seven lineages of SARS-CoV-2: why it matters

Continuous monitoring of viral genetic changes or mutations is important as it provides valuable information on the evolution of the virus and its implications.

If a mutation occurs in the region of the virus that was used to develop the vaccine, the vaccine will not be as effective. This is what happens in the case of flu vaccines because the virus keeps mutating into a new strain.

We do not know much about SARS-CoV-2 yet. And we don’t know if the virus will mutate into a new strain down the line. If it does happen, it could require the development of a new vaccine.


4. Ericsson & UNICEF launch global partnership to map school internet connectivity

Ericsson and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced at the end of August a global partnership to help map school connectivity in 35 countries globally by the end of 2023.

This joint effort is part of the Giga initiative. Launched last year and led by UNICEF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Giga aims to connect every school to the internet, the parties say in a media statement.



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