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Google’s ‘Africa Connected’ Finalists announced


Google’s ‘Africa Connected’ Finalists announced  $25,000 [271,000 rand] prizes for five winners whose lives are ‘powered by the web’ Online voting for the winners now open

Johannesburg, 19 February 2014 - Google has today announced the finalists of the Africa Connected competition. The competition was launched in August last year, calling entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and web-lovers to share stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work. The 10 finalists have been selected by a panel of judges from over 2,200 entries from 35 countries.

Five successful winners from among the finalists will now be selected by the online voting public. The winners will bag $25,000 [ZAR 271,000] each, and will also have the opportunity to work with a Google sponsor over a six-month period to further their online business success. The competition categories included Education; Entertainment/Arts/Sports; Technology; Community and NGOs; and Small Businesses.

"Africa Connected is a competition that has run for over six months and we are thrilled at the number of amazing stories that have been collected from across Africa. Today we are excited to announce the top 10 finalists who have been selected by our judges’ panel. The diversity of their ventures - from providing clean drinking water to preserving culture - shows how the web can truly drive positive change in the lives of many people and their communities. We look forward to seeing who the voting public choose as the winners - the top five most inspiring success stories from across our continent." says Affiong Osuchukwu, Google Lead for the Africa Connected initiative.

Statement from the I* Leaders Coordination Meeting


Statement from the I* Leaders Coordination Meeting, Santa Monica, 14 February 2014


Leaders of the organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet technical infrastructure (loosely referred to as “I* leaders”) met last week in Santa Monica, California, USA. During the 2-day meeting, they discussed activities underway and exchanged views and updates on a range of topics including:


IETF and W3C efforts to improve overall Internet privacy and security.
• Globalization of the IANA functions.
• The 1net initiative, website and new collaboration forum.
• The “Netmundial” – Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance.
ICANN strategy panels and globalisation efforts.
• Preparations for the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference .
• Web 25th anniversary and W3C 20th anniversary planning.


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