Quotes of the week: Stifling tech, Trump (again), & trends

“The biggest challenge remains managing supply and expectations as South America shifts from feature phone to smartphones over the next one to three years.”

Curt Prins, a Chicago-based mobile strategist, on LatAm in 2016


“The shortage of IT skills is having an increasingly negative impact on [African] business, with many companies being forced to delay the introduction of new products and services because of problems filling vacancies.”

– Lindsay Britz, Marketing Manager of Magic Software South Africa identifies issues facing Africa next year


“With the high growth of smartphone users and e-commerce, the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] and wider MENA region has become a breeding ground for technology startups that require early-stage investments to allow them to grow, succeed and create sustainable businesses.”

– Walid Hanna, founder and managing partner of MEVP, comments on tech potential in MENA in 2016


Well look, this is so easy to answer. You talk freedom of speech, you talk freedom of whatever you want, I don’t want them using our internet to take our young impressionable youth. Isis is using the internet better than we are using the internet, and it was [the US’s] idea”.

– US presidential candidate Donald Trump weighs in again on controlling online access


We are disappointed in the short-sighted decision to cut off access to WhatsApp, a communication tool that so many Brazilians have come to depend on, and sad to see Brazil isolate itself from the rest of the world.”

– WhatsApp founder Jan Koum after a Brazilian judge ordered that the messaging service be shut down for two days in the country


Safety is our highest priority and primary motivator as we do this. We’re gravely disappointed that California is already writing a ceiling on the potential for fully self-driving cars to help all of us who live here.”

– Google spokesman Johnny Luu after Californian regulators banned driverless cars with no passengers and added other stipulations such as mandatory steering wheels


We should respect the right of individual countries to independently choose their own path of cyber development, model of cyber regulation, and participate in international cyberspace governance on an equal footing. No country should pursue cyber hegemony, interfere in other countries’ internal affairs or engage in, connive at or support cyber activities that undermine other countries’ national security.”

– China’s president Xi Jinping makes rare public remarks on internet freedoms


New Yorkers should get the Internet speeds they pay for. Too many of us may be paying for one thing, and getting another.”

– New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asks citizens to send in their throughput speeds


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