Tag Archives: Africa

Nuvo is Building a Blockchain-Based Decentralized Communications Ecosystem for Africa and Beyond

It comes as a surprise to most people that the network we know as the “world-wide web” is in many ways not world-wide at all. For instance, platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram have long been banned in the People’s Republic of China1 – which was followed by a ban of WhatsApp in 20172. Another example is general access to the Internet in Eritrea, where less than 1.18% of the population of over 4.4 million people uses the Internet3. More shockingly, a 2016 study by Cambridge University revealed that more than sixty countries engage in some form of state-sponsored censorship of the Internet4. With several forms of social advances relying on unencumbered access to the Internet, many parts of the world are being left in the dark if they cannot access news or information and communicate with their peers in the same way that most others can. Continue reading Nuvo is Building a Blockchain-Based Decentralized Communications Ecosystem for Africa and Beyond

South Africa: Two Arrested for Kidnapping Boy, Demanding Bitcoin Ransom

Two people have been arrested by police in Mpumalanga, South Africa in connection with the kidnapping of a 13-year-old boy in Witbank whose family was then told to pay the equivalent of $120,000 in bitcoin (approximately 32.89 BTC at press time). Continue reading South Africa: Two Arrested for Kidnapping Boy, Demanding Bitcoin Ransom

Bitcoin Trader Drugged, Beaten, & Tortured in South Africa

A Bitcoin trader from Lanseria in South Africa narrowly escaped death after being drugged, beaten, and tortured by suspected kidnappers. Narrating his near-death experience in a report in local news outlet Soweto Urban, the man, who is known only as Andrew, was invited for a presentation on cryptocurrency through a new contact on Facebook. The presentation was held at Natui Street in Meadowlands Zone Five. Continue reading Bitcoin Trader Drugged, Beaten, & Tortured in South Africa