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EduAir has secured a US$ 3,000 FIRE Africa Award in 2017 in support of this project. 

Less than a quarter of the population in Cameroon has access to Internet. EduAir (formerly kwiizi) is developing a solution to distribute digital content for education. How does one make the more remote villages benefit from the digital world, the inhabitants of which, isolated, only get a little electrical power and a nonexistent Internet connection? In Cameroon, the penetration rate of Internet is still very low (21%) and the cost to access it mostly remains very high. Add to this a very poor reception capacity in training centers and you will get an inkling of the challenge that the startup Target is taking on. EduAir aims to propose to all a platform allowing you to remotely access, with or without an internet connection, quality educational and cultural content, originating from the best sources.

To make the solution affordable, one needs to rethink local, working from what is done in the world of makers. A Raspberry Pi, the off-line Wikipedia platform Kiwix and homemade software, all embedded in a Raspberry Pi 3 platform for the first version, then on an Intel Nuc when more processing power was needed. Regarding the tablet, a Raspberry Pi with a screen and a software layer dedicated to the Rasbian operating system permitting to offer a tactile solution, affordable and reproducible. And what’s more, a by-no-means-insignificant detail, you can get hold of all these elements in Cameroon.

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I recently participated on a session on “Building research capacity in internet measurements, cyber policy and digital rights” at the #FIFAfrica 2017 conference on Internet Freedom. My role was to give a technical perspective on Internet measurements for cyber policy development from a Regional Internet Registry’s (RIR) point of view. The other panelists were Eric Frenkil from BudgIT Nigeria, Allison Gilwald, Research ICT Africa and James Marchant, Small Media. Internet measurements are often sought to be a strictly technical subject and there are very few references in literature where Internet measurements have actually helped to formulate internet policies per se. The aim of this panel was to bring together network specialists and Internet policy researchers to identify the gaps in research capacity in the area of digital rights and cyber policy.

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AFRINIC has concluded its recent four-day Internet Number Resources Management (INRM) Fundamentals & Understanding and Deploying IPv6 Workshop in Niger.

Forty-three engineers attended the workshop, which was held at the Agence Nationale pour la Société de l'Information in Niger.

We'd like to extend our appreciation to Agence Nationale pour la Société de l’Information for hosting this event.

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September News RoundupWe provide here a quick overview of our activities and news in September 2017.

Monthly Statistics

New members in September: 12

Total members in 2017: 115

IPv4 address space allocated in September: 318,464 /32s

Total IPv4 allocated in 2017: 6,6,960,896 /32s

IPv4 address space available: As at 30/09/2017, 0.79 /8  (13,2 M/32s)

IPv6 address space prefixes allocated in September: 10

IPv6 address space allocated in 2017: 88 /32s

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