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FG to Focus on STI to Diversify Economy

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The Federal Government has pledged to put Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) on the front burner of its development agenda in a move diversify the economy.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, made the revealation at opening of the Technology and Innovation Expo 2017, in Abuja.

“It has been indisputably proven that any nation that desires true development and a better life for its citizenry must put science and technology on the front burner of its development agenda,’’ he said.

The president said that the Federal Government would double its effort toward diversifying the national economy by employing STI to harness the country’s abundant natural resources.

He said that this would be done through the improvement of locally made products to meet international standard.

“It is pertinent to underscore that the theme adopted for this Expo: Science Technology and Innovation for Nigeria’s Economic Diversification is not only timely but very apt.

“As we all aware, reliance on fossil fuel is becoming less fashionable by the day due to its negative effect on the environment.

“With the growth of Nigeria’s economy tied to oil, it stands to reason that unless we embrace STI and employ it for economic development, our country may not fully attain its economic potential.

“It is my hope that the outcome of this expo will provide the needed platform for the advancement of science and technology in the country with the intent to industrialize and revolutionize the economy,“ he said.

The president added that the forum would provide a platform for interaction between researchers, research institutes and organizations, inventors, innovators and other brilliant minds with the ultimate aim of bolstering the science and technology sectors. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice said Senate would give legislative its full support to the renewed commitment of Federal Government toward adopting STI as a tool for industrial and economic development.

“Appropriate investment in STI will considerably raise the bar of Nigeria’s income per capital for millions through the creation of jobs and drive millions of Nigerians from poverty to prosperity.

“Utterly satisfactory and commendable is the renewed commitment of the Federal Government to inject appropriate investment into STI as announced by President Muhammadu Buhari at the inaugural meeting with the National Research and Innovation Council,’’ he said.

Mrs Beni Lar, the Chairman, House Committee on Science and Technology stressed that no nation had ever recorded breakthrough in industrialization without inducing STI as part of its national strategy for economic growth and development.

“Therefore, it is imperative to mainstream STI in our national economic policy as the experience of industrialised nations has shown positive correlation between investment in STI and income per capita.‎

“With appropriate investment in STI; income per capita will considerably increase, there will be creation of millions of gainful jobs and opportunities, and movement of millions of Nigerians from poverty to prosperity is guaranteed,’’ she said.

Lar said that the National Assembly was mindful of the problems the ministry was facing in the performance of its statutory role.

According to her, the problems include infrastructural decay, lack of basic equipment and facilities to carry out research and the huge funding gap for research and development.

In his goodwill message, the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello said the territory was working to make technology more participatory by forming clusters through incubation programs in different areas to improve value chain in agriculture.

“The clusters will include facilities for food processing, herbal medicine and fabrication.

“The Abuja Technology Village is also our great initiative, and we have also embraced the strategy of infusing STI development in our educational system.

“We have also over the years provided a platform similar to this known as the FCT Science and Technology EXPO (FASTECH).

“I am happy to announce that the 2017 FASTECH will hold before the middle of this year,“ he said.


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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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