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Insecurity: NCC establishes Emergency Communication Centres in 18 states

•Launches 112 toll-free emergency phone number Senator Iroegbu The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has established and operationalised Emergency Communication Centres (ECC) across 18 States of the country including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as a measure towards tackling the emerging security challenges. This was disclosed by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC,

SERAP sues FG over failed Chinese $460m Abuja CCTV project

Senator Iroegbu The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the Federal Government of Nigeria to court to invesgigate and explain why the N166.75 billion worth Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) project awarded to a Chinese company in 2010 failed. To this end, the anti-corruption focused organisation filed a lawsuit against Mrs Zainab

US attacks Iran with cyber not missiles — A game changer, not a backtrack

Zak Doffman The decision by U.S. President Trump to pull back from a retaliatory strike against Iran for the downing of a surveillance drone because there would be “too many deaths for a proportionate response” has been painted as a backtrack. Instead, “President Trump approved an offensive cyber strike that disabled

Biosec Solutions, identity management firm now EU-GDPR complaint

Chidimma Ogu Biosec Solutions, Nigeria foremost identity management consultancy firm with over thirty cumulative years of biometrics experience, has become certified as being EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant. The company is one of the foremost Nigerian companies to be issued this certificate of compliance. The EU GDPR is a set of

MNJTF warns of planned ISWAP misinformation, recruitment drive

•Says Jihadist group resorted to propaganda after operational failures  Senator Iroegbu  The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has warned members of the public not to be swayed by the impending misinformation offensive by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) aimed for new recruitment drive to swell its ranks. MJTF said ISWAP

US introduces ‘five-year social media checks’ in new visa requirements

Jude Johnson Nearly all applicants for United States’ (US) visas will have to submit their social media details under newly adopted rules. The State Department regulations say people will have to submit social media names and five years' worth of email addresses and phone numbers. When proposed last year, authorities estimated the

NGO trains northern women, girls on positive use of internet

•To bridge gender digital gap, calls for inclusion   Jude Johnson A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), African Focus For Youth Development (AFFYD) has embarked on training of youths mostly women and girls in the northern part of Nigeria on the positive use of internet. AFFYD organised the training at the weekend with the aim to

MTN, African authorities questioned over data secrecy, social media hacking and blocking

Editor's note:  The South African telecommunications giant MTN and government of some African countries have been questioned over data secrecy, social media hacking and blocking .These two different issues, social media blocking by authorities and social media hacking raise important questions about the future of digital rights for ordinary Africans.

2019 Elections: How Israeli firm operated anti-Atiku, pro-Buhari Facebook accounts

Editor's note: Facts have emerged how Facebook recently removed dozens of Israeli-operated accounts  that were found to be interfering in elections all over the world, espcially in Africa and Nigeria with some of them reportedly targeted the main opposition candidate in the February 2019 presidential election, Mr. Atiku Abubakar. The presidential candidate

Nigeria, Kenya, S/Africa leads as tech startups move forward in Africa

Editor's note: The tech startups is moving forward in Africa with Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa leading the way. Nicolas Pinault and Aderemi Ojekunle Afrobytes and Viva Tech conferences in Paris this week have provided an opportunity to look at the progress that high-tech startups have made in Africa, where fundraising is

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