Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ajijola tasks NBA on new thinking cap over cybercrime

The Chairman of Consultancy Support Services Limited, Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola has tasked the Nigerian Bar Association to wear a new thinking cap, because things have changed legally in order to adjudicate appropriately on cybercrime related law, reports ITRealms.

Ajijola made this charge while dwelling on ‘Beyond Cybercrime Legislation’ while speaking at the annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja on Tuesday with a dedication to his late father, Barrister Adeleke Dirisu Ajijola, who passed-on in January 2015.

He said that things have changed and wondering if the members of NBA have also changed their legal thinking?

This, he stressed, follows that the likes of Uber, which is the world’s largest taxi company without owning any vehicle; and Facebook which is the most popular media owner in the world does not create any content outside the platform.

In addition, Ajijola noted that Alibaba, for instance, which is the most valuable retailer, has no inventory, whereas Airbnb known as the largest accommodation owner, owns no real estate, and Iroko Tv, the major broadcaster of African movies, produces no media, and beckon on lawyers at the conference, to defend the platform as listed above.

For him, if something is ‘free’ then know that you the visitor is not the customer, but you are the product being sold.

Pointing out that like most of the world, Nigeria is building an electronic future upon capabilities, processes and infrastructure, expressing concern that the country is yet to understand how to protect, regulate or legislate on the electronic future in her domain.

He gave Nigeria cyber security threat overview to include the attack on the official website of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by an Irish ‘gay’ hacker in July 2013 in protest of the anti-gay bill that was passed by the Nigerian Senate.

He underscored the fact that on February 5, 2015, the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan launched the National cybersecurity policy and strategy respectively. Even as on May 16, 2015, President Jonathan, then, signed the cybercrime (prohibition, prevention, etc) Act 2015 into law.
He expressed optimism that on his inauguration speech, President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015, had declared “I also wish to assure the wider international community o our readiness to cooperate and help to combat threats of … cybercrime ….”

Ajijiola equally advised NBA to take note of some domestic cybersecurity players including Defence Space Agency, EFCC, Digital Forengics Laboratory, Galaxy Backbone ISO27001 Certification, NITDA’s Computer Emergency Readiness & Response Team of Nigeria –; Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Cybercrime Prosecution Unit; Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) – Nigeria Computer Emergency Response Team (NGCERT).

Also worthy of note include the Computer Forensics Institute of Nigeria (CFIN), as professional body; Consultancy Support Services (CS2) Ltd, Digital Forensics; Cyber Institute Ltd/GTE, NGO, Capacity Building & Research; Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN), yet another professional group and Digital Jewels Limited which centres on research and capacity building.

In academia, he said, there are only two higher institutions in Nigeria playing in this industry, namely the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna which has department of Cybersecurity, just as Nassarawa State University, Keffi, also has Centre for Cyberspace Studies.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2015 EFF awards: Caspar Bowden, Citizen Lab, Anriette Esterhuysen, APC and Kathy Sierra

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announce the distinguished winners of the 2015 Pioneer Awards: the late international privacy expert Caspar Bowden, the human rights and global security researchers at The Citizen Lab, international Internet access champions Anriette Esterhuysen and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and digital community advocate Kathy Sierra.

ITRealms reports that the award ceremony will be held the evening of September 24 at Delancey Street’s Town Hall in San Francisco. Tickets will be $125 for current EFF members, or $175 for non-members.

The late Caspar Bowden was a visionary and advocate for privacy, pressing for solutions to the greatest surveillance challenges of our generation long before others even saw the problem. In the 1990s, he worked within Britain’s Labour Party, encouraging it to adopt an explicitly pro-encryption political platform. When the party backed down from that stance, Bowden co-founded the Foundation for Information Policy Research, which worked independently to fix the damage of Britain's new surveillance laws.

For many years, Bowden was a chief privacy adviser at Microsoft. In that capacity he cautioned the company and others that the increasing use of “the cloud” would leave billions vulnerable to pervasive surveillance. He warned the world about the global dangers of corporate data collection, retention, and easily abused American surveillance law. Before Bowden’s untimely death earlier this year, he worked as an independent advocate for information privacy rights, advised the European Parliament, and served as a Tor board member.

The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada focusing on advanced research at the intersection of information and communication technologies, human rights, and global security. In recent years, it has become a powerful force in identifying and examining state-sponsored surveillance malware, drawing much-needed public attention to the role that surveillance and malware technologies play in facilitating human rights abuses worldwide.

Their groundbreaking and peer-reviewed research has put a spotlight on both the companies that sell the technologies and the governments that use these tools to facilitate repression. Citizen Lab has produced numerous independent reports on censorship and surveillance in popular social media platforms, instant messaging applications, and search engines. It has also refined network measurement methods for performing Internet-wide scans to “fingerprint” country-level installations of Internet filtering, deep packet inspection, and surveillance products. Founded in 2001, the Citizen Lab is a recipient of the 2014 MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, among many other awards.

Anriette Esterhuysen is the executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), an international network working with information and communications technologies to support social justice and development around the world. APC’s 68 members in 46 countries—primarily in the global south—have pioneered access to email and online information tools for activists across the globe.

APC’s women's rights program has been a leader in the use of technology for women’s empowerment, and its groundbreaking Internet Rights Charter has endeavored to keep human rights on the agenda in Internet policy at national, regional, and global levels. Prior to joining APC, Esterhuysen was a human rights activist in South Africa and helped establish email and Internet connectivity in Africa.

She served on the Advisory Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s African Information Society Initiative and was a member of the UN's Information and Communications Technologies Task Force. Esterhuysen was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2013, and she currently serves on the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

Kathy Sierra has been teaching programming and interaction design since the late 1980s. She founded the award-winning developer community Javaranch in 1996, a site that went on to become the largest online programmer community for more than a decade. She designed the innovative Head First series of programming books, whose adoption of a broad array of teaching methods widened the range of computer users who learned to take full control of their devices, and included the longest-running technology best-seller on Amazon.

Sierra’s work has focused on creating skillful users and building sustainable communities of those users, guiding people up the learning curve and advising on how to keep disagreements from sabotaging online groups. She was one of the first community leaders to address and describe in detail how to cultivate and navigate community growth: balancing clear rules with freedom of expression and privacy to support continuous learning.

Sierra has devoted the last 20 years to urging others to create more humane software and online services, working to widen the digital world to a larger audience.

“This extraordinary group of winners have all focused on the users, striving to give everyone the access, power, community, and protection they need in order to create and participate in our digital world,” said EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn.

John also said this group has worked tirelessly to bring to life a future where new technologies don’t compromise privacy or safety, or leave anyone behind. We are so proud to honor them with Pioneer Awards, and we’re deeply grateful for the work they’ve done.

Awarded every year since 1992, EFF’s Pioneer Awards recognize the leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier. Previous honorees have included Aaron Swartz, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, Richard Stallman, and Anita Borg.

Sponsors of the 2015 Pioneer Awards include Adobe, Automattic, Facebook, No Starch Press, and O’Reilly Media.

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Twitter aids Vester Flanagan’s arrest, after killing 2 WDBJ journalists on set

Investigations have revealed that Twitter aided the location and arrest of a disgruntled ex-staff of WDBJ.7, Mr. Vester Flanagan alias Bryce Williams, who Wednesday morning in the city of Virginia, United States shot dead a television reporter, Ms Alison Parker and her camera man, Mr. Adam Ward on set, during an interview with a guest, ITRealms reports.

ITRealmss gathered that Flanagan’s arrest was tracked on the messages he posted on Twitter, which was used to track his location and Troopers were deployed at the Inter 66.

The guest, according to CNN report monitored in Lagos by ITRealms is a female Executive Director of the Local Chamber of Commerce, who is recovering from non-life threatening injuries sustained during the attack.

The attacker, who later died in the afternoon following injuries he sustained from self-shot sequel to his stopping up at the airport and hiring another vehicle for his escape.

Mr. Flanagan also complained in a 23-page fax message to ABS News claiming racial discrimination against him.

He equally called the ABS News after the shooting and uploading self-recorded shooting.

Although the gunman claimed on his Twitter account that Alison had previously made statements on racism while Adam purportedly reported him to Human Resources during his days with WDBJ.7, which analyst suspect may have led to his dismissal from the organization.

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Malnutrition: .1m Nigerian children die yearly

An estimated half a million Nigerian children die annually due to malnutrition across the country, reports ITRealms.

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) made this revelation at the ongoing two-day media dialogue in the city of Calabar, Cross River State for selected editors and health correspondents, describing malnutrition as silent health crisis.

The dialogue which centred on
“Nutrition and Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)” attracted some senior media practitioners including members of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP).

The workshop with the hashtag #StopChild MalnutritionNigeria, was coordinated by the UNICEF's Communication Specialist, Mr. Geoffrey Njoku in the company of the officials from the Federal Ministry of Information, child rights unit and Cross River State ministries of health. 

The Chief Nutritionist at UNICEF office in Nigeria, Mr. Arjan de Wagt said that most of the children die of malnutrition within their first 1,000 days on earth, describing the period as "window period."

He also said that the first 1000 days of a child are so important that they determined not only the child's growth but also his entire health status throughout life afterwards.

Wagt stressed that malnutrition affects not only the poor but also some wealthy ones, adding that part of the effects of the malnutrition is obesity.

"Whenever we talk about malnutrition, the only thing that comes to the mind is that it is for the poor, uneducated, and rural people who have less to eat. But malnutrition also includes eating wrong food or unbalanced diet. It is about lack of knowledge of the food we eat and not lack of food," he said.

High cause of malnutrition, he said, is lack of exclusive breast feeding of the child in the first six months of his birth, pointing out that breast milk is made strictly for the babies and they must not be denied.

Children that are not well-fed and improperly catered for, usually pave the way to stunted growth, over weight, micronutrient deficiency, hence, generally prone to life threatening diseases.

The speakers at the workshop, including. Dr. Chris Osa Isokpunwu of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Coordinator of African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, Chido Onuma called on the media to be in the forefront for advocacy on behavioural change amongst Nigeria to reverse the trend.

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Arjan de Wagt - UNICEF Nigeria chief nutrition

Enterprise Mobility to reach 80% MEA healthcare by 2017


Recent report published by the International Data Corporation (IDC) Health Insights has shown that enterprise mobility will have penetrated over 80 per cent of Middle East and Africa (MEA) healthcare organizations by 2017, reports ITRealms.

The report which is based on IDC's annual survey of the region's CIO community, ITRealms informs, indicates that corporate smart devices have already been deployed by over one-third of MEA healthcare organizations, with another 50 per cent planning to adopt them by 2017. Mobilizing enterprise applications, adopting mobile device management (MDM) solutions, and developing policies for enabling enterprise mobility are at the peak of priorities of the IT executives that are planning to embrace mobility.

The press release made available to ITRealms revealed that Information Technology (IT) security remains the greatest concern for healthcare CIOs, with the surveyed IT leaders identifying insider threats and staff-related issues as their most critical security challenges. These concerns are being further aggravated by insufficient budgets, the lack of mature security strategies, and a shortage of skilled IT security personnel.

The lead research analyst for Central Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMA) at IDC Health Insights, commenting on the report said, "The need for a mobile healthcare workforce will be one of the key drivers of mobile technology investments in MEA over the coming years. In line with the rapidly-rising importance of enterprise mobility within the MEA healthcare industry, mobile security will dominate investments in IT security solutions. Investments in MDM solutions will see particularly strong growth."

IDC Health Insights assists health businesses and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers that serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of industry experience, their research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the payer, provider and life sciences industries, ITRealms gathered.

For the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey region, ITRealms learnt, IDC retains a coordinated 
network of offices in Riyadh, Casablanca, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, and Istanbul, with a regional center in Dubai with an international perspective to provide a comprehensive understanding of markets in these dynamic regions, and also their market intelligence services are said to be unparalleled in depth, consistency, scope, and accuracy. IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey currently fields over 130 analysts, consultants, and conference associates across the region

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