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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

Facebook busts Israeli-led campaign to sway elections in Nigeria, Africa, others

•Deletes 265 fake accounts targeting Nigeria, others Senator Iroegbu and Godsgift Onyedinefu with Agency  Facebook has busted an Isreali-led campaign to sway elections in Nigeria as well as targeted countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The social  media giant on Thursday said it had removed 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, pages, groups

Facebook live announces immediate ‘one strike bans’ —no more warnings

Zak Doffman “Today,” Facebook announced on Tuesday night, “we are tightening the rules that apply specifically to [Facebook] Live. We will now apply a ‘one strike’ policy to Live in connection with a broader range of offenses.” As ever, policy change at Facebook comes when pressure is applied – that pressure is certainly now being

US blacklists China’s tech giant Huawei, 70 affiliates

Huawei hits back after Trump declares national emergency on telecoms 'threat' Order ‘unreasonable’ and will harm US consumers, says Huawei Move bars business with firms posing national security risk Jude Johnson with Agency reports The United States Commerce Department said on Wednesday it is adding Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and 70

China blocks all language editions of Wikipedia

Beijing has broadened its block of online encyclopedia Wikipedia to include all language editions, an internet censorship research group reported just weeks ahead of China’s most politically explosive anniversary. According to a report by the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), China started blocking all language editions of Wikipedia last month. Previously,

Trump expected to sign order banning Chinese tech giant, Huawei

David Shepardson   President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms posing a national security risk, paving the way for a ban on doing business with China’s Huawei, three U.S. officials familiar with the plan told Reuters. The order,

MTN targets Thursday for long-awaited $5b listing in Nigerian Stock Exchange

•MTN Nigeria arranging naira funding as it prepares for listing Jude Johnson   MTN’s Nigerian business is aiming to list the long awaited $5 billion in over 20 billion  shares  on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)  on Thursday, a spokesman for the South African company said. MTN decided to list its local unit