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Nigerians world over are perceived by the international community as criminals, no thanks to the activities of cyber criminals in the country.
The nefarious acts of these scammers in no little way has dented the image of  the country and is a smear on the integrity of honest and hard working citizens.
In this wise, credit cards of Nigeria descent are rejected in online transactions with foreign countries and this, Sean O’ Hara, director British broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World News, said is as a result of country of origin effect.
“Country of origin effect tells you that the country where a person or product comes from affects the perception of the person or brand,” he said.
He said a positive nation’s brand can affect the country positively, noting that the things which lead a country into good international identity are “actually the brands and products produced by companies led by the people.”
The menace of “Yahoo Yahoo,” as it is popularly called is also in anyway not helping matters as the crime is being termed a “profession” among perpetrators of this illegal act.
“Walking into most cybercafés in Nigeria today, one can see clusters of young people gathered around public computers for the purpose of manipulating the powers of technology to defraud others and disturb the desired safety of the internet,’ said Gbenga Sesan, executive director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria.
Apart from the availability and usage of Internet facilities in cyber cafes for scam mails and other cybercrimes, the evolution of fixed wireless facilities in the Nigerian network landscape has added another dimension to the cybercrime problem. Fraudsters who can afford to pay for internet connection via fixed wireless lines can now perpetrate their evil acts within the comfort of their homes.
These among others gave rise to the clamour for a cybercrime free society.
Bashir Gwandu, acting executive vice chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has pledged to fight cybercrime to a stand still as this has significantly damaged the country’s image abroad and cannot be allowed to continue.
He expressed concern that the issue of cybercrime and scam mails which emanated from unknown persons and disguised sources claiming to be from top Nigerian institutions have done untold damage to the image of the country.
The acting EVC said the Commission will work on improving Nigeria’s monitoring and investigation skills in a bid to ameliorate its negative impact on the country.
In the same vein, the Microsoft Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria (MISSPIN), a joint effort between Microsoft and Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) is one such initiatives aimed at addressing the issue of cybercrime in Nigeria.
The partnership gave birth to a campaign targeted at redirecting the energies of Nigerian youth from cybercrime to more positive online involvement.
“Maga No Need Pay,” is an album put together by nine top Nigerian artistes who dedicated their time and talents to fight the scourge, countering an earlier released album of the glorified crime album- “Maga Don Pay, Shout Halleluyah!,” is part of the MISSPIN initiative targeting the youths to change their perspective on cybercrime.

In providing alternatives to cybercrime, Adeolu Akinyemi, an online internet marketer, said it takes the same skill set as a “Yahoo Yahoo” guy to make it legitimately.
He said this is because the yahoo guys spend more time on the system, follow instructions and persevere for months to get control numbers and wait patiently for the deal to come through.
Akinyemi added that internet marketing and network marketing are ways to make legitimate money on the internet.
But Dr. Jummai Umar- Ajijola, Citizenship Lead, Microsoft Anglophone West Africa said the absence of a legislation to address the crime is a challenge and as a result of this, “the international community view Nigeria as not being serious in wanting to tackle the menace.”

 


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TikTok Picks Oracle to Provide ‘Secure’ Cloud Tech

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Enterprise software giant Oracle announced that it has been chosen to become TikTok’s “secure” cloud technology provider.

According to Oracle, this technical decision by TikTok was heavily influenced by Zoom’s recent success in moving a large portion of its video-conferencing capacity to the Oracle Public Cloud.

Oracle’s announcement comes after TikTok parent ByteDance last week said it will not be selling the video-sharing app’s US operations to software giant Microsoft.

This after US president Donald Trump signed an executive order on 6 August, blocking all transactions with ByteDance in an effort to address “national emergency” issues.

On 14 August, the US president issued an order that gave ByteDance 90 days to divest the US operations of TikTok.

Since then, US companies such as Microsoft and Oracle have been lining up as potential buyers for the popular short video app.

As the trade war between the US and China rages on, the US government has accelerated its efforts to purge Chinese apps and technology companies that it deems untrustworthy.

Trump and his administration raised national security issues, alleging the Chinese-owned company will share sensitive user data with the Chinese government.

“TikTok picked Oracle’s new Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure because it’s much faster, more reliable, and more secure than the first generation technology currently offered by all the other major cloud providers,” says Oracle chief technology officer Larry Ellison.

“In the 2020 Industry CloudPath survey that IDC recently released where it surveyed 935 infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) customers on their satisfaction with the top IaaS vendors including Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM and Google Cloud…Oracle IaaS received the highest satisfaction score.”

“As a part of this agreement, TikTok will run on the Oracle Cloud and Oracle will become a minority investor in TikTok Global,” says Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

“Oracle will quickly deploy, rapidly scale and operate TikTok systems in the Oracle Cloud. We are 100% confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok’s American users, and users throughout the world.

“This greatly improved security and guaranteed privacy will enable the continued rapid growth of the TikTok user community to benefit all stakeholders.”


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Inq. Acquires Vodacom’s Business in Nigeria, Others

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inq. Holdings Limited, artificial intelligence service provider, has acquired Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire.

Inq. Acquires Vodacom’s Business in Nigeria, Others

It plans further acquisition in Cameroon subject to regulatory approvals.

Mr. Valentine Chime, managing director, inq. Holdings Limited, said the 100 per cent acquisition of the Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in the three countries was in pursuit of the company’s dream of building pan-African network that will help in creating better future through digital solutions.

Domiciled in Mauritius, inq. Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund, a fund dedicated solely to communications infrastructure and related services and technologies across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Formerly known as Synergy Communications, the latest acquisition has grown inq.’s regional footprint with operations in 12 cities in seven countries across Africa. It has existing operations in Botswana, Malawi and South Africa with an additional investment in Mozambique.

“Under the inq. banner the company will embark on the next phase of building a unified Pan-African cloud and digital service provider, bringing to market a very relevant suite of next generation technology solutions in the fields of Edge AI, SD-WAN/NFV and Cloud,”Chime said.

According to him, with operations in major African cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Gaborone, Lusaka, Ndola, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Abidjan and Johannesburg, the inq. team prides itself on global best practice methodologies customised to local customs in each of the 16 cities, covering different sectors including banking, oil and gas, fast moving consumer goods, mining, health, real estate, information technologies, public sector and logistics.

“Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation, and inq. is perfectly positioned to deliver intelligent connectivity through seamless delivery of cloud and digital services and  technologies to our clients. We are about simpler, seamless solutions,” Chime said.

 

 


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HP Lauds TD Africa, Says Tech Experience Centre will Unlock New Wave in Nigeria

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As Nigeria looks forward to the official launch of the Tech Experience Centre, globally renowned tech giant, Hewlett Packard Inc. (HP) has heaped praises on the management of TD Africa for spearheading the project, noting that the centre will herald a new technological wave in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by Ife Afe, managing director – Nigeria and District Manager – Central Africa (CAF).

Equally important, HP is one of the global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) that will be represented in the Tech Experience Centre located within Yudala Heights at 13 Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Consequently, Afe has expressed delight with the development, even as she disclosed that the launch of the centre will bridge the gap to complete technology adoption for millions of Nigerians.

She said: ‘‘I do believe Nigerians are early adopters of new and exciting technology. Having a dedicated space where people can view and experience cutting-edge technology across rich and diverse portfolio is an important step towards complete Adoption.

‘‘Technology is about transformation. This tech centre will serve as a bridge, taking people from the imaginative stage to the experiential stage, thereby unlocking a new technological wave.

“I am very glad that TD Africa is taking this bold step and I look forward to the great collaborations that will flow out of this initiative.’’

Furthermore, the HP Senior Management Executive reiterated the strong interest in Nigeria by the tech brand.

‘‘We are strong believers in the Nigerian project and the boundless potential inherent in the population when exposed to cutting-edge technology.

“We also value the foresight and vision of our long-time partner and co-developer – TD Africa. We are proud of this project and are confident of its success and positive impact not just in the sphere of business but also in human capital development,’’ Afe enthused.

On what to expect from HP in the Tech Experience Centre, she revealed that a lot is in store for every visitor.

‘‘HP is in the business of making life better for everyone, everywhere, hence revolutionary innovation in Health care, Security, Gaming and Printing Solutions will be showcased in the Technology Centre.  Cutting- edge, sustainable, diverse and relevant innovation in technology.

‘‘This brings technology closer to home. I believe that the ambience of the Tech Centre will cater to a wide spectrum of users: CEO’s, Government officials, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, students, gamers etc. It will be the crucial meeting point of people and technology.

“Our wide spectrum of products and solutions will cater to all demographics – from first time users to specialists, professionals, gamers to moviemakers, work or play,’’ she affirmed.

The revolutionary Tech Experience Centre, the first of its kind in Africa, is set for launch on Thursday, October 1st 2020, incidentally the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary by 12noon, with the launch streamed live online for the benefit of tech enthusiasts.

Expected to officially commission the centre is the Minister of Communica99tions and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.

The Tech Centre is widely expected to boost Nigeria’s relevance in the global technology race and shore up the country’s march to technology independence.

For the first time, Nigeria will play host to the latest global technologies including those not normally available in Africa, offering all classes of visitors a first-hand experience of new gadgets, solutions and infrastructure that would have previously required a visit abroad, thereby saving corporate organizations, government establishments and individuals money or scarce foreign exchange expended on these trips.

 

 


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