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IIM-Africa Launches DAII, MedicPurse App for Health Patients

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Following the successful implementation of its Data Access Intervention Initiative (DAII), the Institute of Information Management (IIM-Africa) has scored another goal by launching MedicPurse, a health information system developed to capture health information and intelligence in monitoring and managing the health of individuals for the ultimate improvement of public health in partnership with Globe Geosolution Private Limited.

Globe Geosolution Private Limited is an Indian company which is working in the field of Geospatial, Geoscience, Energy, IT, Urban Planning, Infrastructure Design, Artificial Intelligence System, Earthquake Study and Training & Education Development.

Speaking at the Institute’s annual public lecture/investiture 2015, Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole, president and chairman of IIM-Africa Governing Council, said that DAII was conceived as an intervention initiative by IIM which seeks to promote access to information for effective service delivery in the society.

According to Oyewale, individuals and organisations should have access to information as at when needed.

“This initiative is expected to create a common platform for participation of individual and various organizations providing different services to the Citizens in various sectors of the economy like health, education, etc which will enable citizens to access their own data to create a personal profile that they can use or maintain with them as long as they are alive,” he said.

DAII, he added, is ultimately expected to facilitate an industry movement to connect Citizens to various services like healthcare, education etc with their data under the IIM data access Intervention initiative.

On why they developed the MedicPurse application, President and Chairman of IIM-Africa Governing Council, said “It is common knowledge that the health sector in Nigeria is faced with several challenges ranging from lack of adequate training for health workers, lack of data processing facilities, lack of access to patients records due to poor health records management, and lack of resources by health facilities to deploy health information management systems and technologies.

“Planning, monitoring and evaluation of health services are hampered by the paucity of reliable data and health services therefore cannot be managed efficiently on the basis of available data”.

MedicPurse, as a health information system comprises of features developed to capture health information and intelligence that is used to monitor and manage the health of individuals registered on the system for the ultimate improvement of public health.

The application allows users to be in control of their healthcare and that of the family.

“Being able to access your health records in an emergency situation can be lifesaving and you can also plug your health information into mobile apps and other health tools. This can help you to stay in control of your health and that of your family.  It’s your health record and it’s about you so you should have it readily accessible when you need it! MedicPurse offers physicians and other health service providers an easy way to interface,” Dr. Oyewale said.

According to him MedicPurse is capable of verifying the user’s personal information to ensure it is correct, current and complete; enables them have medical history available should they be changing doctors or visiting a specialist; manage important health information like vaccination records, medications and test results and share their information with trusted parties/partners such as family doctor, specialists, and caregivers.

“With MedicPurse you can locate specific information concerning your health and healthcare when you need it, for example in an emergency situation or when you are travelling out of town away from your usual healthcare providers. Also, in a single view, patients can review their health records from all of their providers; family members can manage the health records of their loved ones from any distance and at any time and patients have full and convenient access to their records through MedicPurse and can update them at will; no more waiting for an office to open. Patients have full access to their records 24/7 and from any location that has Internet access and patients’ health information is automatically updated when physicians update their EHRs.

To maintain data safety and privacy, Oyewale said MedicPurse is based on the framework of data security, privacy protection and ultimately patient empowerment.

“MedicPurse puts the information others hold about you in your hands. You decide how to use it. Using MedicPurse does not give anyone else access to your health records unless you choose to share it. Healthcare providers, such as doctors and hospitals, will be accountable for the privacy and security of patients’ health records in their care after being trained and certified by the Institute of Information Management.

“To use MedicPurse, healthcare providers will be required to set up physical, administrative and technical safeguards to protect patients’ health records. This may include “access controls” like passwords and PIN numbers to help limit who has access to patients’ health records; “encryption” so your health information can’t be read or understood except by someone who is approved to view it; and an “audit trail” so there is a record of who has looked at your information and what changes were made to it and when,” he added.

Globe Geosolution Private Limited is represented as a customized solution provider in Geo related Industry along with their other technical consultancy works.

Globe Geosolution offers complete solutions & services in their expertise in highly quality controlled and Professional manner, where every client feels on the pinnacle precedence. Globe Geosolution is founded with sun-up of the new millennium.

The firm is started with vision to provide an integrated Geospatial, Geosciences and IT solutions for all at affordable charges without compromising on the quality.


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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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Nigeria, Others Facing ‘Millions of Cyber Attacks’ in 2020

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Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, continues to fall victim to millions of malware attacks and Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs), according to the latest research from Kaspersky.

The IT security firm says its security solutions have reported on 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of PUA (including pornware, adware) accounted for by the beginning of August 2020.

PUAs are programs that are usually not considered to be malicious by themselves, Kaspersky explains. However, they are generally influencing user experience in a negative way.

For instance, adware fills user device with ads; aggressive monetizing software propagates unrequested paid offers; downloaders may download even more various applications on the device, sometimes malicious ones.

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

“Evaluating results over the same seven-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,” the company adds.

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

While calculating interim results of threat landscape activity in African countries, the 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 seven 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 program 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 programs on their device and that in some cases, such programs are exploited or used as a disguise for malware downloads. This is why many security solutions, including ours, flags such programs to make sure users are aware of its presence, influence on their device and activity,” says Denis Parinov, a security researcher at Kaspersky.


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