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Experts Say Stable Policies, Economy Vital for IT Revolution

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Computer professionals under the umbrella of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) have said that Nigeria must address issues such as inconsistency in policies, economic instability and manpower development to make progress in the new knowledge economy.

The experts, who gathered in Enugu last week for the NCS national conference, also said that without stable polity and society, there will be no stable economy and that investments in the IT and other sectors will be threatened.

Speaking at the Conference, Sir Demola Aladekomo, group managing director of Chams Group, said that the use of improved knowledge and facilities that can provide and protect the economy has become vital.

Aladekomo, who chaired the opening session of the Conference and past president of NCS, said that the Society will not give up in highlighting the need for a knowledge based economy, which formed the major topic discussed at the conference.

He said, “The timing of the theme for this year’s conference is apt. Because, before you make development, you must build the society.

The theme of this year’s conference was: “Building a Knowledge-Based Economy in Nigeria: The Role of Information Technology”.

According to him, a knowledge based security system, (smart) roads accompanied close circuit televisions, among others will help stabilize the security in the environment, while helping the economy achieve greater results.

“I do not see any reason Nigeria will not gain in the current IT revolution having lost in the industrial revolution era. We see it in our children, especially incubators who have proven themselves at angel networks- hubs, providing operational networks,” he said.

Also speaking, Chris Uwaje, past president of the Institute of Software Practitioner of Nigeria (ISPON), said that the Institute views Nigeria as on the threshold of IT transformation following the prevalence nature of broadband and its price on downward trends.

“Indeed, the theme goes a long way to amplify what NCS has been pointing at for years. To take it further, ISPON stands that intellectual property and knowledge-based economy cannot be done without.

“Against that backdrop, broadband is a key factor in achieving all this as we expect it happen soon,” he noted.

 On his part, Mr Peter Jack, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), said that the country has all it takes to achieve a knowledge-based economy, however, all industry stakeholders should rally round the government, supporting her policies and contribute meaningful to towards the drive.

The DG who spoke through Mr Inye Kemabonta, a director at the Agency, said that NITDA has various prgrammes capable of launching the nation in comity of knowledge-based economy, provided industrial stakeholders’ supports are not lacking.

He said, “If we are talking about building a knowledge based economy, it goes beyond codes, but companies, local content, skills developments and sustainable institutions. Through programmes like iDEA (Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator), NITDA has succeeded in making Tinapa in Cross River State tech savvy area. We have a replica in Yaba, Lagos State and other centres on the way. NITDA needs industrial support to achieve even more.

He urges members on improved support for NITDA which is regarded as the voice of the industry in Government sphere.

Earlier, Professor David Adewumi, president of NCS said that the Society will not relent in efforts to sensitize stakeholders on the need to start embracing individual and organizational responsibility for technological growth that creates a better, brighter future for the nation.

He said that, dropping the prevailing analogue mentality in leadership starts with the mainstreaming of technology into all vital practices and programs, adding that a sincere embrace of those driving the society and economy is required.

“The nation fails when it fails to recognize those creating jobs faster and playing critical roles in the developing Nigeria’s knowledge economy.

“NCS therefore is using this medium to call for better and more strategic engagement with Nigerian IT professionals,” he said.

Adewumi also said that there is certainly a serious need for adequate representation of Nigerian IT professionals in decision and policy making in governance and critical sectors, while stressing that the knowledge economy in Nigeria is a joke without a strong technology sector.

 


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Join Inlaks Live TechTalk Edition on Hyosung’s Revolutionary MV 100 ATM Model

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Inlaks, the leading Information Technology Systems Integrator specialised in the deployment of highly scalable ICT Infrastructure solutions, will on Monday September 28, deploy the second edition of its virtual thought leadership segment called “TechTalk”.

Techtalk which was formerly a pre-recorded segment hosted on the organisations YouTube channel has now transitioned into a live virtual event across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The virtual edition kicked off in August 2020 with a segment on Financial Crime Mitigation, honing in on the superiority of Temenos Financial Crime Mitigation Solution with Emmanuel Orororo, Sales Manager, Financial Business, Inlaks.

The 2nd edition of Tech Talk promises to offer the same measure of insights as it dives into the world of Automated Teller Machines (ATM) with a focus on MoniValue 100, a revolutionary ATM solution by Hyosung TNS. The MoniValue 100 is especially adapted to the present times as it is a cardless, contactless and changeless solution.

Join this virtual event live by logging on to any of the social media pages below on Monday, 28th September 2020. YouTube: Inlaks, Facebook: InlaksNg, Twitter: Inlaks, Instagram: InlaksNg

Inlaks is a leading system integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company partners with leading OEMs in the technology industry to provide world-class information technology solutions that exceed the needs of its customers.

Over the years, Inlaks has built a reputation as the foremost ICT and Infrastructure Solutions Provider, helping customers effectively seize new market and service opportunities.

With an impressive customer base that includes six Central Banks in West Africa, 18 of the 24 banks in Nigeria and other major customers in the West African region, Inlaks has become the dominant Information Technology Company in Africa.

Inlaks’ customers cut across various segments including Banking, Telecommunication, Oil/Gas, Power, Utilities and the Distribution sectors of the economy. For more information, please visit www.inlaks.com


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Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

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There were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) detections over a 7-month period in Nigeria, according to Kaspersky security solutions.

Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

Elsewhere in South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections, showing the growing desperation of the attacks.

The company reported on 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted programs (pornware, adware etc.) accounted for by the beginning of August 2020.

These numbers show that it’s not only the malware that attacks users but also the “grey zone” programmes that grow in popularity and disturb their experiences, while users might not even know it is there.

Potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are programmes that are usually not considered to be malicious by themselves.

However, they are generally influencing user experience in a negative way. For instance, adware fills user device with ads; aggressive monetising software propagates unrequested paid offers; downloaders may download even more various applications on the device, sometimes malicious ones.

calculating interim results of threat landscape activity in African countries, Kaspersky researchers noticed that PUAs attack users almost four times more often than traditional malware.

They also eventually reach more users: for instance, while in South Africa, the malware would attack 415,000 users in 7-months of 2020, the figure for PUA would be 736,000.

“The reason why ‘grey zone’ software is growing in popularity is that it is harder to notice at first and that if the programme is detected, its creators won’t be considered to be cybercriminals. The problem with them is that users are not always aware they consented to the installation of such programmes on their device and that in some cases, such programmes are exploited or used as a disguise for malware downloads,” said Denis Parinov, a security researcher at Kaspersky.

By taking a closer look at PUA, it becomes apparent that they are not only more widespread but also more potent than traditional malware.

Evaluating results over the same 7-month period in Nigeria, there were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million PUA detections – which is four times as much.

Kenyan and South African threat landscapes have been more intense. In South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections.

Kenyan users faced even more malware attacks – around 14 million, and 41 million PUA appearances, Kaspersky said.


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Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

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Web giants including Facebook have struck a deal with advertisers on how to identify harmful content such as hate speech, after an impasse over the issue which led to boycotts of the platform.

Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

The agreement — which also included Twitter and YouTube — laid out for the first time a common set of definitions for hateful statements online.

In July, hundreds of advertisers including big-name consumer brands suspended advertising with Facebook as part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign, saying the social-media titan should do more to stamp out hatred and misinformation on its platform.

And earlier this month a group of celebrities — including Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry — stopped using Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours, to push a similar message.

The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) said in a statement Wednesday: “Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, in collaboration with marketers and agencies through the Global Alliance for Responsible Media have agreed to adopt a common set of definitions for hate speech and other harmful content and to collaborate with a view to monitoring industry efforts to improve in this critical area.”

The alliance was founded by the WFA and includes other major trade bodies.

According to the WFA, key areas of agreement included applying the alliance’s common definitions of harmful content; developing reporting standards for such content; establishing independent oversight; and rolling out tools for keeping advertisements away from harmful content.

The WFA said that properly defining online hate speech would remove the current problem of different platforms using their own definitions, which it said made it difficult for companies to decide where to put their ads.

“As funders of the online ecosystem, advertisers have a critical role to play in driving positive change and we are pleased to have reached agreement with the platforms on an action plan and timeline in order to make the necessary improvements,” said Stephan Loerke, chief executive of the WFA.

Luis Di Como, executive vice-president of global media at Unilever, a major advertiser, sounded a note of cautious optimism.

He said: “The issues within the online ecosystem are complicated, and whilst change doesn’t happen overnight, today marks an important step in the right direction.”

Speaking in July, Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he remained adamant that the company did not want hate speech on the social network.

On Wednesday, the company’s vice-president for global marketing solutions, Carolyn Everson, said the agreement gave all parties “a unified language to move forward on the fight against hate online.”

 


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