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Peru targets illegal fishing with open satellite data

By Mark A. Bonta / November 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Peru targets illegal fishing with open satellite data

A knowledge revolution in sustainable fishing is taking place on the high seas. The Peruvian government is now allowing public access to its satellite data on fishing activity in its territorial waters. Peru is only the second country, after Indonesia, to share its tracking data on the vessels fishing (and overfishing) their incredibly rich marine […]

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Africa’s first ‘affordable’ smartphone plans to go global

By Heather Bourbeau / November 9, 2018 / Comments Off on Africa’s first ‘affordable’ smartphone plans to go global

The Mara group announced its plans to manufacture a smartphone in Rwanda and South Africa, making it the first high-quality, affordable smartphone made solely in Africa. The Mara phone project, developed by Rwandan billionaire businessman Ashish Thakkar, is a partnership with Google, and will be exported and sold in Europe as well. Thakkar sees affordable, […]

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Battling oil-palm devastation — from space

By Mark A. Bonta / September 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Battling oil-palm devastation — from space

Oil palm plantations can destroy rain forests and the communities that depend on them, but they are widespread in Colombia, the fourth-largest exporter of palm oil in the world. Now a new project of the UK Space Agency aims to use high tech gadgetry to make palm oil cultivation in Colombia more sustainable, more scientific, […]

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The little telecom network that could

By Mark A. Bonta / September 18, 2018 / Comments Off on The little telecom network that could

The digital divide just got narrower in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Indigenous Zapotec communities have already established a local landline and cellular-phone service at a fraction of the cost of services\ provided by Telcel, the giant monopoly presided over by billionaire Carlos Slim. Now, with their plans to expand approved by regulators, they’re aiming […]

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