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FG Inaugurates Nigeria’s First Education Research Network

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Federal Government has commissioned the first Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN), a collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Education, The World Bank and the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology.

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who commissioned the NgREN disclosed that the NgREN is a World Bank-assisted project that will create an effective infrastructural backbone to interconnect all research and education institutions in the country and link them with other Research and Education Networks worldwide.

He stressed that the NgREN is aimed at ensuring a seamless knowledge flow between Nigerian Educational institutions and their counterparts around the world. President Jonathan who was represented by Barrister Eyesom Wike, minister of State for Education-also emphasized that the project is expected to drive down the exorbitant costs of bandwidth while at the same time increasing the capacity of the network members to deliver world class teaching and research services.

President Jonathan stressed that the FG is committed to fully revamping the educational sector to make Nigeria a reference point globally. He added that in line with FG’s transformational agenda, the educational system is being transformed through effective partnerships for maximum impact.

President Jonathan stressed the importance of ICT for enabling transformational development and disclosed that the ICT sector in Nigeria now contributes almost 9% to Nigeria’s GDP.

Dr Omobola Johnson, minister of Communication Technology,  in her remarks described the commissioning of the NgREN as a ‘’significant milestone’’.

She said that that 27 Federal Universities have been connected to the NgREN through the World Bank STEP B fund.

Johnson emphasized that the expected outcome of the NgREN is the facilitation of bi-directional communication for the purpose of sharing resources and content and the facilitation of research amongst benefitting institutions.

Reiterating that in the world of ICT content is king-Johnson urged the NUC, CVC and other stakeholders in the NgREN to ensure that the NgREN has quality content.

‘’I am encouraging the NUC, CVC and other stakeholders in the NgREN to ensure that we have quality content on the NgREN that will be the envy of other nations. If we do not it will be like building a power station, evacuating power to the grid but not bothering to turn on the light switch’’.

Johnson also disclosed that the Universal Services Provision Fund through the University Inter Campus Connectivity Project (UnICC) is now working to expand the NgREN.

The first phase of the UNICC project involves the deployment of approximately 290 km of fibre optic cable to connect 16 of the Federal Universities with their corresponding Medical College/Teaching Hospitals. This phase will be commissioned before the end of this year.

The second phase of the UnICC project, involves the deployment of relevant electronic components and end user devices in each of the benefitting universities to enable voice, data, video, and other multimedia services to be achieved both intra-university and inter-universities.

Dr Johnson disclosed that the Ministry is also collaborating with the Nigerian Universities Commission NUC on the Student Computer Ownership Scheme.

The scheme is also a collaboration between commercial banks, indigenous equipment manufacturers and the NUC to ensure that every Nigerian student in a tertiary institution owns a computer in addition to having access to computing facilities in a shared computer labs.

The commissioning of the NgREN was graced by members of the members of the National Assembly, members of the Federal Executive Council, Board members and CEOs of Parastatals and extra ministerial departments, members of the diplomatic corps, captains of Industry, vice chancellors of Nigerian universities and other stakeholders in the ICT and education 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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