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The reality of Artificial Intelligence in Nigeria, Africa–Special Report

Editor's note: The Atlantic Council has in this report lamented that  except in a handful of countries—namely Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Ethiopia—the application of AI is a chi-mera, not a reality.  It noted that the critical factors necessary for the technology to take hold are woefully absent across

US, other ‘big five’ cyberwar nations opts out of inter’l cybersecurity agreement

•United States — along with Russia, China, Iran and Israel--the big five of cyberwar countries refuse to answer "Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace" Louise Matsakis During speech at the annual UNESCO Internet Governance Forum in Paris Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the “Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace,” a

Why Nigerians, others fall for fake news – BBC Research

Kunle Sanni   The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Monday suggested reasons why Nigerians usually fall prey to fake news which is gaining grounds in African media circles. It said due to the fact that they are concerned about ”not falling behind on the news” and being informed, they easily believe fake news. This

51 countries pledge support for global cyber security rules

Fifty-one states and countries, including all European Union (EU) members, have pledged their support for a new international agreement to set standards on cyber weapons and the use of the internet, the French government said Monday. The states have signed up to a so-called “Paris Call for Trust and Security in

How do terrorists use encryption?

Over the last few years, the British government has devoted greater attention to the presence of online extremism, especially following the five terror incidents that occurred in 2017 alone. This includes the ‘Darknet’ – portions of the internet that are not easily accessible by the public at large, without dedicated expertise. Like

Shiites Killings: Nigerian Army deletes Trump’s video following criticisms

•Says 'we don’t have rubber bullets' Jude Johnson The Nigerian Army has deleted the video posted in its various social media platforms showing United States President Donald Trump suggesting American soldiers should shoot and kill migrants if they are to be attacked with stones. The decision was taken after the military faced criticism

2019: INEC warns officials not to join WhatsApp groups 

Jude Johnson Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stepped up its preparations by warning officials about their conduct on social media especially in WhatsApp groups. INEC in a memo signed by the Acting Secretary, Mr. Okechukwu Ndeche,  directed the  37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to

Online publishers sue FG over use of cybercrimes act to oppress journalists

The Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) has sued the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) over what it terms the unlawful use of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act 2015 to oppress journalists in the country. The association through its President Austyn Ogannah and General Secretary Daniel Elombah contends that

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