Facebook Set to Build Hubs in Nigeria by 2018

The giant social media platform, Facebook has made it known that by early 2018, the company will be launching a community tech hub in Nigeria to boost innovation, economic impact, and development of tech-ecosystem in the country.

The initiative which will be in partnership with Co-Creation Hub (CC HUB) in Lagos is aimed at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small businesses, the tech and start-up ecosystem, youths and creativity.

The Facebook Public Policy Director, Africa, Ebele Okobi made it known during a press conference in Lagos, that this initiative in Nigeria will help economic growth and further developments through Digital skills.

He said, “At Facebook, our mission is clear: To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Our investments and commitments announced in Lagos further reflect our intent to partner with Nigeria’s Policymakers and its vibrant tech and entrepreneurial eco-system to create an economic opportunity and independence in Nigeria and across Africa.”

Emeka Afigbo, the Facebook Head of Platform Partnerships, Middle East, and Africa said while commenting on the partnership; “Nigeria is producing a new generation of exciting start-ups that have incredible potentials. We understand the important role Facebook plays here in Nigeria with developers and start-ups and are invested in helping these communities build for the next billion. One of our key passions at Facebook is nurturing and helping to develop the tech and start-up community, and I’m excited to announce our partnership with the Nigerian tech hub ecosystem especially the NG_HUB space, here in Lagos.”

Source: Thisdaylive

Google Tracks Down Website Hackers

According to Google, the largest Search Engine provider company in the world, Hackers steal not less than 250,000 users information online while login each week.

In a research done in March 2016 to March 2017 that was published, last week uncovered various leakages of username and password in a third-party database. The study was carried out for one year in conjunction with University of California, Berkeley.

Google researchers studied so many ways hackers used to hijack users information in which we have thoroughly explained and analyzed in our previous articlesWhy you Should Secure your Website.

The researchers also dig deep to know more about tools used by the hackers and how they used them to steal people’s information online most especially Google users. They were able to identify not less than 25,000 tools used by the hackers to perpetuate their work.

According to the Security Researcher at Google, Kurt Thomas, “One of the interesting things we found was the sheer scale of information on individuals that are out there and accessible to hijackers”.

The purpose of publishing the research is to inform the public the vulnerabilities that are available online and how they can guide against such for proper security for their presence online, as said by Google.

NITDA Set to Host e-Nigeria Conference

The National Information Technology Development Agency(NITDA) made it known on Friday that the Agency is now ready to kick-start her 10th Edition of e-Nigeria Conference Scheduled to hold on 7th-12th November 2017 in Abuja. The conference is aimed at bringing stakeholders in Information and Technology together within and outside the country to brainstorm on current and relevant issues surrounding IT globally and how it can be leveraged upon for sustainable socio-economic development of Nigeria.

The event which will be declared open by His Excellency, President Muhammad Buhari (GCFR), President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is the keynote speaker.

Mrs. Hadiza Umar, Head Corporate Affairs and External Relations of the Agency said the theme of the conference is “Fostering Digital Economy through Local Content Development and Effective Regulations” and participation would be drawn from Ministries, Departments, Agencies and institutions on local content development.

She added that the conference is aimed at promoting deliberations on how Nigeria could thicken the value of its policy thrust on the local content pursuit of a national economy less dependent on crude oil export. The event would also feature exhibitions and award and to be hosted by the Director of NITDA, Dr. Isa Pantami.
“It is also a veritable platform for ICT awareness creation, developing an appropriate framework and setting goals for best practices and to enhance appropriate positioning of Nigeria in the global information society”.

Source: Worldstagenewsonline.com

Truelcaller Kick-Off Developer Program in Nigeria

Truecaller is one of the fastest growing call and mobile identity applications company in Africa with more than 50million users. It has Nigeria as the third largest market globally with more than 1.6million users in the country.
The company launched her developer’s programme; Truecaller-Software Development Kit (SDK) in Lagos on Thursday. Truecaller-SDK is a mobile identity solution that enables third-party app developers to verify end users without much stress within a short time.

Truecaller SDK is presently on Android, IOS, and web platforms for any app or website to instantly onboard, auto-fill information, and verify user’s phone number with their permission.

The Director and Head of Global Developer &Startup Relations at Truecaller, Priyam Bose said the Truecaller SDK will allow third-party app developers, digital businesses, and startups to verify end users quickly by using their Truecaller profile and password.

He said;”We see Nigeria as one of the most promising eco-systems in Africa, that’s why we have decided to kick-off our tour in the market. After engaging with some of the top tech startups and digital businesses in the country, we are even more convinced that Truecaller SDK- mobile identity solution will help solve many of their challenges when onboarding and verifying new users.”

Bose added that “We are currently working on the mobile app for people to promote their businesses on the Truecaller platform locally. One of the things we’ll be doing here is the Truecaller developer’s programme in Africa including Nigeria- a mobile development focusing on internet mobile and online businesses.”
Presently, Truecaller said they are helping Nigerian users block more than 13 million calls, and 25 million spam SMS on a monthly basis.
Present at the event were developers, entrepreneurs, journalist, Truecallers Chief Commercial Officer, Ted Nelson and others as reported by Daily Post news reporter, Opeyemi Kehinde.

Ease of Payments Directly through Airtime Concluded, says NCC

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has made it known that the plan has been concluded for Nigerians to be able to start making payment for their good and services directly through mobile phone airtime.

The Executive Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Dantata made this known yesterday at his meeting in Abuja with Queen Maxima of Netherland.
He said, “Just recently, the final draft of the MoU between the CBN and NCC was signed. And the CBN/NCC Technical committee on Mobile Money is addressing the modalities of Mobile Network Operators registering special platforms to enable them to become Mobile Money Operators(MMO).

“ Based on this arrangement, the NCC will issue a letter of No Objection to MNOs who have been licensed by the CBN as Mobile Money Operators.”
Prof. Danbata added that “Instead of paying with cash, cheque, or credit cards, a consumer can use his mobile phone to pay for a wide range of services and goods. It also encompasses any payment where the mobile phone is involved in the initiation and/or confirmation of the payment.”

Queen Maxima also encouraged the country to key players in the financial and communication sector to work more on how to protect the citizens from fraudsters and not just providing them ease of gain access to finance.
Source: Daily Post news

Facebook to Make Ads More Transparent

The giant social media platform, Facebook has made it known to the public that they will roll out new measures that will control political ads on the platform in which political ads owner will be required to verify their identities and locations and the post will include “Paid for by”.

The Facebook Vice President of ads products,  Rob Goldman wrote on his blog posts that when clicking on the disclosure, users will be able to find out the details about the advertisers.

He stated in the post that; “Transparency helps everyone, especially for political watchdog groups and reporters, keep advertisers accountable for who they are and what they say to different groups.”

The test will start in Canada by November and will be roll out to the US by next summer and the measures will take place the same time in other countries.

Source: pmnewsnigeria.com

Google Map will Help Tourism in Nigeria

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture made it known at the Launch of Economic Value of Geospatial Services in Nigeria on Friday in Abuja. He said the use of digital technology particularly for mapping will boost tourism in the country.

He said; “As we look to make Nigeria a major tourism destination in Africa, technologies such as Google maps, but more specifically Street View put forward by Google will become increasingly important on that front. We hope to see even more value as increasing numbers of people use tools like Google Street view to explore Nigeria.”

The minister stated that “We know this because we have seen the impact that street view has had in destinations around Africa. In South Africa, for instance, people can take a guided tour of Robben Island, the prison which held Nelson Mandela and many other South African freedom fighters during apartheid.

“In Kenya, meanwhile, users can take virtual treks through some of the country’s most famous game reserves. And in Tanzania, people can get up close and personal with the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, thanks to a partnership between Google and the Jane Goodall foundation.

He commended the initiative by Google that made searching for locations and gets real-time directions easier and more convenient for people. He said;”We look forward to growing this fruitful relationship for the past five years and what the next years will bring from Google.”
Source: Vanguardngr.com

Digital Summit 2017 to be host by KPMG Nigeria

The Digital summit event was an idea originated from the Financial Technology Summit held in 2016 which attracted over 400 participants.

Speaking during a media briefing in Lagos, Mr. Boye Ademola, the Partner and Lead Digital Transformation of KPMG  expressed the readiness of KPMG for this new digital event scheduled to hold by 1st  November 2017.  He said they have seen how companies and organization are growing digitally in this new age of development and involvement of Nigerian companies in the process.

Ademola added,”We want to engage the innovators, the financial technology solution companies, especially in terms of contribution and what they need to do to continue to grow and attract capital. Also, we want to attract government and regulators in terms of creating an enabling environment to make Nigeria one of the leading digital hubs in Africa.”

The event which would be coming up in Lagos feature panel discussions, fintech case studies, publication launch and other activities and Speakers such as Dipo Fatokun, Director Banking, and Payment System;  Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-Founder Flutterwave; Dorel Blitz, KPMG Israel Head of Fintech, Bayo Ademola, and others.

Source: Thisdaylive.com

Lautech Host An Hackathon

Youth Art Initiative is organizing a community hackathon aimed at creating solutions to community problems in the area of Agriculture, Education, and Health. The hackathon event will host students from South West Institutions and give them the opportunity to interact, network and proffer solutions together within 3days (10th-12th Nov. 2017).

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Edo Governor Seek ICT Use In Governance

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called on all government agencies and organizations to aggressively take the advantage of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for effective and efficient service to the populace in terms of governance.

The governor made this known while commemorating with the world on the World Development Information Day and the United Nations Day, marked on October 24 of every year.

World Development Information Day is part of the United Nations General Assembly decision to draw the attention of world public-opinion each year to development problems and the necessity of strengthening international cooperation to solve them.

Obaseki said, “Information and Communication technologies are a gift to relish in the light of the huge impact they are having on social and economic transactions among people and nations.”

He further stated that “with the celebration of World Development Information Day and the United Nations day on October 24, key players in the ICT sector should consider how ICT can also be used to foster world peace.”

He challenged ICT experts to urgently come up with application solutions that can help our society in tackling various problems such as health, education, governance etc.

Source: Vanguardngr.com