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Nigerians Trust Mobile Phones, Doubt Banks, says Study

A new survey has shown that Nigerians trust mobile phones more than banking institutions and that digital banking through the mobile phone is here to stay in Nigeria. The survey which borrows significantly from an earlier study in 2013, is direct attestation of the growing influence of mobile phone and mobile money. The study was conducted by Communication Week Media Limited, a certified global ICT company with over 20 million subscribers and publishers of Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, a fiercely independent business decision instrument with support from MobileMoneyAfrica, Africa’s leading resource for mobile financial inclusion. The findings drew from interviews and questionnaires conducted and administered...

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Subsidy Agreement Delays Infracos’ Service Rollout

The inability of federal government to workout subsidy agreement with licensed infrastructure companies (infraCos) for the deployment infrastructure expected to assist in transmission of bandwidth capacity is delaying their take-off, Nigeria Communicationsweek has learnt. InfraCos are licensed to provide Layer 1 (dark fibre) services on commercial basis; focus on the deployment of metropolitan fibre and provide transmission services, available at access points (Fibre to the Node or Neighborhood – FTTN) to access seekers. They can also leverage existing inter-city fibre to deploy their services; purchase/lease transmission or long haul fibre capacity from other providers, where available, for the purpose of interconnection. Prof. Umar...

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Nigerian Hackers Steal Thousands of Dollars From Shipping Firms

Nigerian hackers, grouped as Gold Galleon, are menacing shipping firms and bleeding them of thousands of dollars. Network security firm Secureworks has red-flagged the group, whose focus appears solely to be the maritime industry. The group, according to a report by Maritime Executive, an online platform, uses basic email scams and publicly available hacking software to try to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting ship managers and service providers. Secureworks said Gold Galleon is a group of about 20 individuals who work together to hack maritime firms all over the world using basic techniques. They rent hacking tools for just...

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WhatsApp Bans European Under-16s From Using App

WhatsApp has raised its minimum age for users in the European Union to 16 years, as the bloc prepares for a new online privacy law to come into force next month. In an update to its terms of service on Wednesday, WhatsApp said the minimum age for users outside the EU was still 13 years. “If you live in a country in the European region, you must be at least 16 years old to use our services,” WhatsApp said on its website. In its blog, the app said it was preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is set to come...

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Telecoms Sector Contributed N8.6trn to Nigeria’s Economy in 2017, says BudgIT

The telecoms and the information service sector contributed a whooping N8.6 trillion to the Nigerian economy in 2017.According to findings by BudgIT Nigeria, the figure was based on the number of workforce in the telecoms industry, money expended by Nigerians on phone calls, data usage, among other services provided by the telecoms industry. BudgIT is a civic startup that liberates budgets and public data from an inactive state into a more engaging format mostly through infographics and interactive application with the aim of improving civic discussion and institutional reform. The firm in a report on the operational and fund management...

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YouTube removed 8.3 million videos in 3 months

Popular video-sharing website YouTube was forced to remove over 8.3 million inappropriate videos during the last three months of 2017. The majority of those videos were spam or attempts to upload adult content, the video-sharing site made the revelation Monday in its first quarterly moderation report. More than 80 percent of the videos removed were identified by machines rather than humans, highlighting the company's growing dependence on machine learning to cut down on content that violates the video-sharing site's policies. "Our investment in machine learning to help speed up removals is paying off across high-risk, low-volume areas -- like violent extremism...

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Abuja Hosts Africa at the 2018 Internet Freedom Forum

From April 24 to April 26, 2018, the city of Abuja will play host to the annual Internet Freedom Forum organized by Paradigm Initiative. The forum comes at an important time when many Africans fear for their freedom online. According to Paradigm Initiative, the Lagos-based organisers of the Forum, “the Forum helps bring attention to important issues confronting digital rights such as data privacy, internet shutdown, access to the internet, among others” The Forum, over the years, has gained the reputation as the platform where experts deliberate on issues relating to digital rights and inclusion. The Forum, now in its the...

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Policy Breach: Zuckerberg Apologizes To Us Senate

ALIYU JAMIU ADEIZA Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg has apologized to the US senate over the incident of policy breach and secret profiling of Facebook users and the general public especially the United States citizens. Zuckerberg, while facing the United States Senate’s Committee on Judiciary, to answer tough questions from the lawmakers regarding the revelations of data harvesting by Cambridge Analytica. Mr. Zuckerberg, clad in a navy suit and bright blue tie, faced hours of questioning from lawmakers, who pressed him to account for how third-party partners could have access to data without users’ knowledge. Senator John Thune of South Dakota talked about the...

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9mobile Does not condone unethical practices, indolence, says Olusanya

Telecommunications Company, 9mobile, has restated its unwavering commitment to integrity and best practices as gold standards across its operations. “At 9mobile we continuously review our internal control and processes to protect the business as well as the interests of other stakeholders by ensuring we checkmate fraudulent activities that can compromise our operations, Chief Executive Officer, 9mobile, Boye Olusanya, stated. Commenting on enquiries regarding an incident in Kwara State, Olusanya affirmed the company’s zero -tolerance for unethical practices. He said management has consistently dealt with all forms of malfeasance amongst its agents and staff as part of proactive measures to stem sharp practices. “At 9mobile,...

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Telecom Masts Pose no Threat to Public Says, Expert

Dr Emmanuel Nwokorie, Chief Radiographer in Garki Hospital, has said that telecommunication masts do not emit radiations capable of causing harmful health challenges. Nwokorie, who is also a Nuclear and Radiation Physicist, said this in Abuja. He said that the non-ionising rays coming from the installations were not as dangerous as X-rays and Gamma rays as being speculated.Non-ionising radiation is the term given to radiation in the part of the electromagnetic spectrum where there is insufficient energy to cause ionisation.“Masts generally emit non-ionising lasers radiation; lasers in our ways can be compared to microwave, but they are non-ionizing; they may not...

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