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Leo Mirani

Leo Mirani is a reporter for Quartz in London. He has previously worked at The Economist, Time Out Mumbai and Tehelka.
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India’s Latest Outsourcing Business: Cyberattacks

May 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow ESET, a Slovakian anti-virus firm, last week published a blog post detailing successful Indian attempts to breach computers in Pakistan. Symantec, another anti-virus company, quickly followed suit with a post that said, among other things, that several online security companies had been keeping an eye on the intrusions. This morning,...

As Mobile Explodes in Africa, Nairobi Emerging as a Tech Leader

May 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If the future of computing lies in mobile and the fastest growth in mobile uptake will come from poor countries, Africa is where much of the action will be. Kenya, a stable country with an impressive history of investment in communications technology, has emerged as a leader in the region....

Indians Are Hacking into Pakistani Computers with Promises of Defense Secrets

May 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the Syrian Electronic Army gets all the publicity and the US-China hacking campaigns are now well known, India and Pakistan quietly have their own thing going on. According to two anti-virus firms, ESET and Symantec, Pakistani government agencies have been targeted by spear-phishing attacks—fraudulent emails that trick people into...

Here’s a Sign Mass-Market Drones Are About to Take Off: Google Just Invested in Their Future

May 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Drones have a terrible reputation, mostly because they have become a byword for death and destruction. But drones can be used for non-lethal means as well, such as this project to protect rhinos from poachers in India. Many expect those non-lethal uses to spread—but Google’s venture-capital arm believes it more...

Android Might Own 75% of the Smartphone Market But All the Action is Still on the iPhone

May 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It is hardly disputable that Android has a clear lead over iOS in terms of the number of people using it. Just yesterday, a report put its worldwide market share in the first quarter of this year at nearly 75% of all smartphone sales. That number is worth looking at...

Technology from Africa Ensures the Cloud Works When Your Connection Doesn’t

May 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The “cloud” is great for places that enjoy uninterrupted power and Internet connections. But for large swathes of the world, where blackouts are common and connections unreliable, accessing files stored remotely on the Internet is a massive hassle. Forget about downloading Adobe Creative Suite. Simply working on a Google doc...

It’s Not Just About China and America—Smaller Countries Want to Wage Cyberwar too

May 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow America’s Department of Defense yesterday released its annual report on China’s military capabilities (pdf). The report includes “electronic warfare” and “information dominance” as part of a larger campaign it says is an “essential element, if not a fundamental prerequisite” of China’s defense planning. The report is good PR for China’s...

Awesome Spaceship that Discovered Hundreds of New Planets May Soon Be Space Junk

May 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kepler, a spacecraft designed to find habitable planets, may not last until the intended end of the mission in 2016. Launched in 2009, Kepler was originally meant to last only three and a half years, but its life was extended in 2012 because of all the wealth of data it...

Ghana’s ISPs Are Dying Out Because the Mobile Web Is Booming

May 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ghana boasts Africa’s highest penetration of mobile broadband, at 23% of the population in 2011, the latest year for which figures are available. That compares with just 7% in 2010. By contrast, fixed-broadband penetration stood at a negligible 0.3% in 2011, and that’s killing Ghana’s internet service providers (ISPs). For...

36 Governments (Including Canada’s) Are Now Using Sophisticated Software to Spy on Their Citizens

May 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new report from Citizen Lab, a Canadian research center, shows surveillance software sold by FinFisher, a “governmental IT intrusion” company owned by the UK-registered Gamma International, is now active in 36 countries. That’s up from the 25 countries reported two months ago. Gamma’s product, which it sells exclusively to...