Governance

Nigeria to spend N25.5b on hi-tech surveillance equipment

Nigeria to spend N25.5b on hi-tech surveillance equipment

Governance, Technology
President Muhammadu Buhari has proposed to spend N25.5 billion on hi-tech gadgets to achieve surveillance activities across Nigeria next year, according to the details of the 2018 Appropriation Bill he transmitted to parliament. Since the country is not immuned to ongoing cyber warfare, the country will boost its security apparatus with hi-tech surveillance equipment. To achieve this, the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) plans to purchase a social media mining suite for N2,213,456,360. The DSS also plans to spend N1,003,750,000 next year for what it calls the WOLVERME next generation SDRIMSI. Experts say these are professional equipment that give details about global system for mobile communication (GSM) interceptors, satellite interception, Cellular Tracking and Tr...
The Internet trends have drastically changed since first invention

The Internet trends have drastically changed since first invention

Governance, Internet
What began in a handful of computer science laboratories more than three decades ago morphed in the 1990s into the world-changing technology that dominates many aspects of our lives, from work to friendships. So, would you recognize the internet of the early 80s? In 1983, the world wide web was in its infancy, but many of the core technologies that provide the building blocks for today’s internet were already in place. In an article for the World Economic Forum, Max Galka, CEO of FOIA Mapper, says the technological concepts pioneered in 1983 by Vinton Cerf, dubbed the “father of the internet”, gave rise to the modern web. At the time, the connectivity was made up of only a few hundred government and research organizations. Since then, connecti
70% of consumers doubt companies protect their personal data

70% of consumers doubt companies protect their personal data

Business, Cyber Security, Governance
Consumers firmly put responsibility for protecting their personal data firmly at the hands of the organizations holding their data – and not themselves. According to Gallup, When it comes to keeping their personal information secure, consumers have much more trust in certain businesses than they do others. About nine in 10 consumers (91%) have a some trust in their primary bank in keeping their personal data safe. Trust in bricks-and-mortar retailers (69%), health insurance companies (68%) and credit card companies (66%) lag behind banks considerably, as does trust in email providers and cellphone platforms (63%). However, according to Gemalto report, the world leader in digital security, today , 70% of the responsibility for protecting and securing customer data lies with compani
Facebook Blocks Posts in Thailand

Facebook Blocks Posts in Thailand

Governance, Internet, social media, Technology
For many people, Facebook is the internet however others who rely on the social network for news and views may not be aware that Facebook isn’t immune to internet censorship itself. Mashable reports that Facebook is geo-censoring posts that may be deemed inappropriate by the Thai government. Facebook confirmed to Mashable that it does work with governments to remove posts and is doing all it can to stay within the confines of local law. Tech Crunch reports that Thailand’s lèse-majesté law prevents criticism of the country’s royal family, and it looks like it is being used to suppress postings from a number of high-profile users who are writing about the transition to a new king, including journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall whose 2014 book on the Thai royal family was banned
Surge in tech hubs give African startups a place to grow

Surge in tech hubs give African startups a place to grow

Governance, Startups, Technology
Africa’s tech scene is surging. Across the continent, new hubs, labs and co-working environments are giving rise to oases of innovation. These meeting places act as a bridge between technology start-ups, investors and academics, nurturing collaborations. Entrepreneurs experiment together and learn from one another, supported by the hubs’ ICT infrastructure and mentoring programmes. The results – from the ‘crowdmapping’ tool Ushahidi to homebrew solar heaters to a farmers’ cooperative – are strengthening community-led food and energy systems, and could bring new resilience to local economies. Africa is experiencing a perfect storm of young people, maturing education systems, and growing mobile phone services and use. A few noteworthy achievements, including Safaricom's M-Pes