World Intellectual Property Day

World Intellectual Property Day was celebrated on 26 April 2017. On that occasion the U.S Embassy and Turbine organized an event titled « innovating your way out ». It was hosted at the Turbine incubator at Vivéa Business Park, St. Pierre. I attended the event along with my colleagues from LSL Digital. There was a panel discussion which started sharp at 17h30 and it ended at 19h30. Fabrice Boullé from Turbine [Read More]

Huawei Innovation Forum

Last Wednesday Huawei (Mauritius) hosted a forum on the subject of "innovation" at Hennessy Park Hotel. It was a short event that consisted of a prize giving ceremony for the "Most Innovative Idea for an App" and a panel discussion on innovation. I attended the event with colleagues. Work from anywhere they say. Colleague spotted peeking at his #code as the #Huawei #Innovation Forum awaits more guests.#Mauritius pic.twitter. [Read More]

Are graduates underpaid in Mauritius?

I attended a workshop on IoT last week at the University of Mauritius. After the tea break S. Moonesamy (SM) and I continued having this discussion about the Developers Conference 2017. It appears that some people were furious over my Facebook comment about the panel discussion on 'Web Development in Mauritius'. Before I write further I admit that the comment that appeared on Facebook was not fully within the context. [Read More]

Are you embarrassed, sir?

During the weekend published an article that raises several questions on the statements of the Minister of Technology, Communication & Innovation. The article mentions that an elderly citizen enrolled for the new identity card in 2014 but her name was incorrectly printed on the card. Now, her grand-daughter is doing the necessary to rectify the same. She asked an officer of the Mauritius National Identity Card unit whether [Read More]

Fake news from the Government of Mauritius

I was sitting under the shade of a tree next to Paul Octave Wiehe Auditorium at the University of Mauritius when I read a tweet about "fake news". [ BEWARE ] '' FAKE NEWS AND FAKE WEBSITE is belle et bien present in Mauritius. They are promoting their FAKE...— Kushal Awatarsing (@OfficialKushal) April 3, 2017 I found that S. Moonesamy had replied to the tweet with [Read More]

MNIC acknowledges the letters of conscientious objectors

I was at the MNIC unit at Emmanuel Anquetil Building this afternoon. Folks from various platforms, including « No to biometric data on ID card » and Rezistans ek Alternativ went ahead with their appointment for the enrollment for the new identity card. These citizens however do not consent to the recording and processing of their fingerprints. Each of the individuals have various reasons but they all agree on one thing; that [Read More]

Can the MNIC really combat identity fraud?

If one reads the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case Madhewoo M vs State of Mauritius, one would find that a major argument that held the ruling in favor of the State is that of being able to prevent multiple enrollments; that is prevent a person from having multiple identity cards under different names. Below is a extract of the judgment where the former Project Director of MNIC, [Read More]

The Minister of Technology cites the MNIC Act in his press conference

Top FM reported that the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation said in a press conference that it is nowhere stipulated in the law that all persons need to have their identity card. I watched an extract of the video when the article was shared on Facebook. The Minister within less than a minute mentioned two things that would contradict each other. He first says that it is not stipulated [Read More]

Mauritius: No to biometric data on ID Card

I was at the MNIC id card conversion centre, Emmanuel Anquetil Building, Port-Louis, this morning. Folks from the « No to biometric data on ID Card » platform and Rezistans ek Alternativ were gathered for a common cause; i.e to apply for the identity card but refuse to consent to the recording of their fingerprints. Quick recap The Mauritius National Identity Card unit requires the signature of citizens on a declaration [Read More]

How to replace a damaged photo in your driving license?

If your photo on your driving license is damaged you cannot just remove it and replace it with another. In fact, if you look closely at the photo you should notice the mark of the Mauritius Police Force that is part on your license and part on the photo. Replacing the photo with another will only make it appear like a fraudulent document; which in fact amounts to crime. Why [Read More]