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Facebook, Big Cabal Media and Comic Republic have announced the launch of #NoFalseNewsZone, a campaign to minimise the spread of fake news in Nigeria.

Facebook, in a statement, said #NoFalseNewsZone is an educational campaign focused on helping people to identify false news and educate them on the actions to take to help minimise its spread in Nigeria.

Facebook’s Corporate Communications Manager for Anglophone West Africa, Oluwasola Obagbemi, said, “We are committed to the well-being of individuals and communities that use our platforms and we take responsibility in minimising the spread of false news.”

Obagbemi said Facebook was delighted to be working with Big Cabal Media and Comic Republic to launch #NoFalseNewsZone in Nigeria.

“As part of the campaign, Big Cabal Media and Comic Republic have also joined the conversation to sensitise Nigerians on how to identify and report false news online beyond a conceptual level,” the manager said.

Chief Executive Officer, Big Cabal Media, Tomiwa Aladekomo, said, “The world is increasingly relying on sourcing for information from digital news outlets and social media platforms.

“The consequences of false news are glaring and especially painful to those who fall victim.

“Big Cabal Media is passionate about connecting people to accurate news sources and is excited to work with Facebook on its #NoFalseNewsZone campaign.”

Also, the Chief Executive Officer of Comic Republic, Mr. Jide Martin, said that as more people consume news and information on social media, service providers must become more socially responsible in order to combat misinformation on their platforms as effectively as possible.

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“I am pleased to be working with Facebook, a company that has taken the bold step to use the longest and most relevant art form to tell the story of misinformation to drive the desired attitudinal change.

“Comic Republic has since used comics to shine the light on issues like social injustice, online security and domestic violence.

“We are pleased to be collaborating on art for a good cause and we cannot wait to show you what we are working on,” he said.

According to the statement, Facebook has also commenced the 2021 edition of its ‘safe online forum’ in Nigeria, bringing teachers, parents, and other important education stakeholders together to discuss ways of promoting and ensuring online safety and digital literacy for young people.

NAN reports that Big Cabal Media is a Nigerian digital media company that engages African youths with conversations around culture, innovation, entertainment and entrepreneurship.

Comic Republic is a Nigerian online multimedia company that primarily focuses on the digital distribution of indigenously created comic books.

 

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Govt Alerts Apple Devices’ Users To Spyware

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The Federal Government has alerted Apple devices users to a spyware “Pegasus” that affects the products.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) spokesperson Hadiza Umar said this on Wednesday in a statement issued in Abuja.

Umar said that the released security updates for a newly discovered zero-day vulnerability affects every iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch.

According to her, research revealed that the zero-click exploit, which targets iMessaging, is used to illegally spy on iPhone Operating System (iOS) devices.

She said that the attacker infects and exploits an Apple device without the victim’s knowledge or the need for the victim to carry out any action.

“A spyware called Pegasus gets deployed into a targeted device, turns on the camera and microphone to record messages, texts, emails and calls, even if sent via encrypted messaging apps.

“Once the attacker has control of the device, the attacker compromises the user’s credentials, gains access to the entire infrastructure, identifies sensitive assets and moves laterally within the network,” she said.

She said that iOS versions 14.4 and 14.6 were majorly affected.

Umar warned that users should immediately update their iOS devices with latest patches iOS 14.8, which was available for free from Apple.

“Plug your device into power and connect to the internet with Wi-Fi, go to Settings: General, then tap Software Update.

“Tap Install Now, if you see download and install instead, tap it to download the update, enter your passcode, then tap Install Now.

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“After the install process begins, a message that says ‘Verifying Update’ appears, wait for it to finish.

“After verification is complete, your device will restart the Apple logo and a small progress bar in the centre of the screen, when installation is complete, you can unlock and use your iPhone again as usual,” she said.

She also said that installing patches on Apple watch requires opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap My Watch, go to General- Software Update, then, if an update is available, tap Download and Install.

Umar added that for users to update a macOS from the Apple menu on the corner of their screen should click system preferences, click Software Update, then Update Now or Upgrade Now.

“Update Now installs the latest updates for the currently installed version, while Upgrade Now installs a major new version with a new name.

“If Software Update says that your Mac is up to date, then macOS and all of the apps it installs are up to date,” she said.

Apple on Tuesday launched iPhone 13 pro. The phone has a memory capacity of up to one terabyte and costs between $1,000 and $1,500.
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Govt Waiting For NCC To Implement 5G National Policy – Pantami

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With the approval of the 5G national policy, the Federal Government is waiting for the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC ) to immediate it.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, who disclosed this charged the commission to prepare for immediate and effective implementation of the policy to accelerate economic growth.

The minister was speaking while addressing a delegation from the NCC led by the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta in Abuja.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had last week approved the National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) technology deployment in Nigeria.

The minister, while commending the NCC said the recent launch of its Strategic Vision (Implementation) Plan (SVP) 2021-2025, would be a veritable vehicle to give the needed impetus to the implementation of the 5G plan.

He insisted that the commission was expected to give the needed push to ensure the total implementation of the SVP and charged it to have a timeline and ensure to deliver on them.

His words: ‘‘Developing the Vision Plan is commendable but ensuring diligent implementation is even more important. So, the EVC should commit to total implementation of the SVP. As a digital communication channel, I see it as important because we need more sensitisation.

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We need to reach out to citizens and create awareness about our regulatory activities, change certain perceptions and counter some conspiracy theories against technologies and many more. The podcast is one of the best ways we would be able to achieve this,” he said.

In his remarks, the NCC boss expressed appreciation to the minister for his immense support and active role during the recent launch of three projects by the commission; and to commend him for the important role he played in securing the final approval of the 5G national plan by the Federal Government.

Danbatta, who described the Federal Government’s approval of 5G national plan as “a development of unprecedented and profound historical significance to the commission, telecom industry and other economic sectors,” promised that the commission on his watch would diligently implement the 5G plan for the overall socio-economic benefits of Nigeria.

 

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Ukraine Becomes Latest Country To Legalize Bitcoin

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Ukraine Becomes Latest Country To Legalize Bitcoin

The bill was set in motion in 2020 – and it now heads to the desk of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Until today, dealing in crypto in Ukraine has existed in a legal gray area.

Ukraine is the fifth country in as many weeks to lay down some ground rules for the cryptocurrency market, a sign that governments around the world are realizing that bitcoin is here to stay.

Locals were allowed to buy and exchange virtual currencies, but companies and exchanges dealing in crypto were often under close watch by law enforcement.

According to the Kyiv Post, authorities have trended toward taking a combative stance when it comes to virtual cash, regarding it as a “scam,” raiding crypto-related businesses, and “often confiscating expensive equipment without any grounds.”

In August, for example, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) blocked a network of what it called “clandestine cryptocurrency exchanges” running in the capital city of Kyiv. The SBU claimed these exchanges were facilitating money laundering and providing anonymity of transactions.

The new legislation also spells out certain protections against fraud for those who own bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and in a first for the Verkhovna Rada, lawmakers have taken a stab at defining core terminology in the world of crypto. If signed by the president, virtual assets, digital wallets, and private keys are terms that will be enshrined in Ukrainian law.

El Salvador made bitcoin a legal currency. Now it gets interesting.

Unlike El Salvador’s move this week to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, Ukraine’s crypto law does not facilitate the rollout of bitcoin as a form of payment, nor does it put it on an equal footing with the hryvnia, the country’s national currency.

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However, today’s vote by the former nuclear power is part of a wider push by Kyiv to lean into bitcoin.

By 2022, the country plans to open the cryptocurrency market to businesses and investors, according to the Kyiv Post. Top state officials have also been touting their crypto street cred to investors and venture capital funds in Silicon Valley.

On an official state visit to the U.S. last month, President Zelensky spoke of Ukraine’s budding “legal innovative market for virtual assets” as a selling point for investment, and Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation, said the country was modernizing its payment market so that its National Bank would be able to to issue digital currency.

This cryptocurrency has surged 300% in a month and is now the world’s seventh-biggest coin.

But to bitcoin backers like Jeremy Rubin, Ukraine’s new law and political promises such as these don’t amount to much “Ukraine’s improved

legal status for bitcoin is a laudable symbolic measure that we progress towards a world that respects individual rights universally,” said Rubin, CEO of bitcoin R&D lab Judica. “But it is only symbolic — bitcoin seeks neither permission nor forgiveness in its mission to protect persecuted communities from unjust governments.”
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