By: Dr. Darren Wilkins 0777129092/ 0886703789 DWilkins@SaharaTechnology.Com

The Internet Society Chapter of Liberia

Ostensibly, the internet is and has been the pivotal technology of the Information Age since its advent. And, with the explosion of wireless communication in the early twenty-first century, we can say that humankind is now almost entirely connected, albeit with great levels of inequality in bandwidth, efficiency, and price. But being connected is one thing, having an internet that is well managed, developed, open and accessible is another. And, the extremely complex nature of the internet makes it difficult for one individual or organization to manage it.

The Need to Create an Environment for Local Content Development: Making the Internet Affordable and Faster

Last week I participated in the Internet Society Africa Chapters Members meeting held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. At that meeting several issues were discussed including access to the Internet for the physically challenged, access to the Internet for people living in the rural areas, privacy, trust, the need to develop internet policies, the need to develop local content for the Internet, etc. While all of the issues discussed were crucial and relevant to my home country (Liberia), the issue of developing local content kept resonating in my head while I was en route to Liberia.

Let's Build Data Centers We Can Be Proud Of

Despite the progress made in Liberia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, there are just a few locations that we can refer to as data centers. What we have in abundance are server rooms or Main Distribution Facilities/Frames (MDFs) or (Intermediate Distribution Facilities/Frames (IDFs) where servers are stored along with networking equipment. But the real data center facilities to host real enterprise servers are VERY few. Even some of the few good data centers in Liberia most likely do not meet the operational and capacity requirements of the ideal data center.

Can We Be An Innovation-Driven Nation?

For most people, the word "innovation" educes images of inventors, new technologies and new products. They tend to envision iconic images such as airplanes, computers, rockets, radios, TVs, cell phones, etc. This is quite understandable considering that the impact of these devices on the development of the modern world has been marvelous. But what actually is innovation?

Some of the Challenges Facing the GoL’s E-Government Initiatives

Last week’s article provided some much needed insight on the Chief Information Office, Republic of Liberia, the CIO Regime and the current Chief Information Officer-RL. Based on the number of calls and emails received after that article was published, I can safely say that there were a lot of folks who were totally oblivious to the existence of that office. This week, my intent is to identify and delineate some of the issues and challenges that have been strangulating efforts to achieve a robust Government of Liberia’s (GoL’s) ICT environment.


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