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July 2015

#PINternetFreedom Chat With Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr (@CFAgbata)

By | #PINternetFreedom

Topic: The Economic gains of Internet Freedom

There are ongoing conversations around the World over several emerging threat to an Open and Free Internet. Security concerns and sometimes dictatorial tendencies on the part of Government of Nigeria have encouraged attempts to limit freedom enjoy online by Nigerians through policies such as NCC’s Draft Lawful Interception of Communications Regulations and investment in Communications Surveillance equipment as captured in the Nigeria 2013 and 2014 budgets. The Government needs to know that freedom encourages greater usage of the Internet, and the real value of the digital economy comes from increased usage of the Internet and related technologies. When people can access the content they want on the Internet without fear of being monitored, they use it more, and greater use of the Internet is a very important driver of growth. Government must make policies and enact laws that promotes Internet Freedom and shy away from repressive policies.

Please do join us at 2pm (GMT+1) as we discuss ‘The Internet As a Human Right‘ with Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr on #PINternetFreedom chat today

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Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. “CFA” is an ICT expert, Business Coach, Author and Speaker with over 12 years hands-on experience. He writes for the Sunday Punch (ICT Clinic) & also doubles as the host of the ICT Radio Show on 99.3 Nigeria Info FM & Tech Trends on Channels TV. He blogs regularly on www.CFA.ng & www.TECHwithCFA.com – CFA is a JCI Nigeria TOYP 2014 Award Winner [Technology].

CFA regularly blogs @ www.CFA.ng and www.TECHwithCFA.com besides being an active member and contributor on social media, with thousands of loyal followers across major social networking platforms. He is also a member of several local and international organizations CFA has authored a number of books

#PINternetFreedom Chat With Oluwafemi Abikoye (@FMAbiks)

By | #PINternetFreedom, ICT Policy, Internet Freedom

Topic: Cybercrime and the Nigerian Economy 

Cybercrime is by no means peculiar to Nigeria. It has nonetheless become a persistent source of national chagrin within the comity of nations. Global popular culture continues to associate Nigeria with two things – oil, and princes who promise riches via email. And this notwithstanding, there are those who have, in the country’s defense, posited that fraud has no nationality.

However, as Nigerians we should be concerned about the Image of our country and beyond that we must understand that the trust deficit created by the perpetrators of Cybercrime is stifling flow of investment to Nigeria from other countries. In a research conducted by Paradigm Initiative Nigeria in 2013. It was discovered that Cybercrime cost Nigeria up to $13Billion. If the trend is not reversed, Nigeria may find itself in a very difficult situation in a short while. Nigeria will not benefit fully from the prospect of e-commerce and the digital economy generally if the country’s name is prominently identified with Cybercrime. Please join us at 2pm (GMT+1) as we discuss ‘Cybercrime and the Nigerian Economy’ with our guest Femi Abikoye on #PINternetFreedom chat  

Femi Abikoye

Abikoye Oluwafemi is a trained lawyer and has worked as ICT Policy Officer for Paradigm Initiative Nigeria between 2013 and 2014 before proceeding to the United Kingdom for his LLM in Computer and Communications at the prestigious Queen Mary University of London. He has very keen interest and experience in ICT Policy and Law and has been involved in writing Policy Brief for Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) in the past. He worked with the PIN team to write a Policy brief that looks at Cybersecurity in Nigeria in July 2014. This is in addition to his involvement in the past in PIN’s other projects such as Internet Policy training and Internet Freedom forum. Femi currently lives in the UK where he is studying for his LLM.

#Elance1000 Frequently Asked Questions

By | DigitalJobs

PIN is launching a give-away to engage the public to sign up on Elance. The essence of doing this is to engage people in spreading the message of online work, especially to those who do not have any means of sustainable income.

‘The #Elance1000 campaign’ is simply about helping people to look for jobs whilst earning a few thousands for oneself. From this campaign, for every 5 new people you help to sign up on bit.ly/elancedja, you can earn N1,000. This includes, engaging them in the DigitalJobs initiative, signing them up with a complete profile and following them up to staying employable on elance.

FAQs

  • What is the ‘#Elance1000’ campaign about? This is an exciting opportunity for those who wish to earn a few thousands just by signing up someone on Elance. Simply sign up 5 people to DigitalJobs and earn N1,000
  • How do I participate? You can pick up copies of the card from PIN HQ, or send the details of those you have registered to us
  • How do I participate (2)? If you are not based in Lagos or live far from PIN HQ at Yaba, Send their Names, ElanceIDs, Email addresses and Contact numbers to digitaljobs(@)pinigeria.org
  • How do I participate (3)? If you pick up cards at the PIN HQ, ensure you return it to their office before or by August 15th
  • Is it a must for me to sign-up to take part of this give away? Yes, you need to sign-up to have basic understanding of the process before you ask your friends, colleagues or neighbors to sign-up
  • Do I need a special training to sign-up the five people? No, all you need is the basic skill you use in signing up for any social media website
  • Do I need to be an expert to work online? No, all you need is basic skill in your desire work interest online
  • Are we to bring the five people to PIN office? No, your work ends on signing the five people but you can tell them to sign-up for training on dorojobs.com
  • What are the steps to sign up myself and other people
  • Go to bit.ly/elancedja
  • Click on Signup
  • Complete the sign-up form
  • Click on the confirmation email link sent to your email to complete the process
  • Fill in your skills and other relevant information. Remember to choose basic free
  • Apply for jobs
  • When is the deadline? Every participant must sign people up before or by August 15th, 2015.
  • How many people can I sign up? You can sign up as many people as possible. It only increases your total reward at the end of the period. However, you need to note that you earn N1,000 for every 5 people you introduce
  • Will I be paid for signing up 9 people? You will only be paid for signing up in multiples of five but a negotiation can take place for the remaining four
  • How do I get my money? Following the cut-off date, @pinigeria will announce the names of winners and when and where to pick up their cash prizes
  • What can qualify/disqualify me? Only registration done on bit.ly/elancedja will be valid to receive payment for the five people or the multiple of five that you have introduced
  • How long will it take for PIN to announce winners? PIN will start contacting winners to redeem their cash prizes from August 21st, via email and text messages that you will provide when submitting the 1,000 note or when communicating the people you have signed-up to digitaljobs@pinigeria.org
  • Where is PIN office located? PIN HQ is located at 385, Herbert Macaulay, Yaba
  • How do I contact you for any challenges or difficulties? You can write to us at digitaljobs@pinigeria.org you can call us on 01-3426245
  • Why should I do this? You can win as many thousands as you want just by signing new people to work online via bit.ly/elancedja

#PINternetFreedom Chat With Egghead Odewale (@Eggheader)

By | #PINternetFreedom

Topic: Online Surveillance Policy and Laws in Nigeria: Way forward?

Internet surveillance is the monitoring of the online behaviour, activities, or other changing information usually of people and often in a surreptitious manner. It most refers to the observation of individuals or groups by governmental organizations. Surveillance may refer to observation from a distance by means of an electronic equipment such as CCTV cameras, or interception of electronically transmitted information such as internet traffic or phone calls. It may also refer to simple or relatively low technology methods such as human intelligence agents and postal interception.

Online surveillance is currently being addressed, as the government has signified interest in carrying out surveillance on citizens. This is coming off even without a legal framework that can protect the rights of citizens, should this be abused. Nigeria currently has no Data privacy law, hence if online surveillance is carried out, this will be done at the detriment of the citizens right to internet freedom and data privacy. NCC, the regulatory body for Nigeria’s communications network is making plans towards creating a secondary regulation for the lawful interception of communications by security agencies.

In case you missed the chat with our guest Egghead Odewale, you can check out the conversation below:

 

Odewale is male, Nigerian and holds a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree in Chemistry (with Polymer Science) from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State. He also holds a National Diploma degree in Chemical Engineering Technology from the Federal Polytechnic, Bida in same state in the north central region of Nigeria.

This young chemist has garnered a combination local and international work experiences in social and development work, spanning especially the West Africa sub-region. He has worked variously with regional institutions like the West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF), the Economic Community of West African States and recently, the West African Bar Association as Programme Officer (Youth), Consultant (Youth and Students’ Affairs) and Integration and External Linkages Officer respectively

He prides himself as a pan-Africanist has an excellent understanding of English, French and Yoruba languages. He also has a working knowledge of Arabic, Hausa, Portuguese and Spanish.

 Earn N1000 For Every 5 People You Sign Up On Elance via bit.ly/elancedja

By | DigitalJobs, ICTs

#DigitalJobs is any freelance work that one can do from any location via a computer (or a smartphone) with internet connection.

PIN is giving out N1000 each for every 5 persons you sign up on Elance via bit.ly/elancedja.  To take part in this campaign, please note the following:

  1. You are required to pick up copies of the sign up card from PIN HQ, 2nd floor, 385 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba, Lagos
  2. If you are not based in Lagos, you can sign up as many people as possible and send their registration details (Name, eMail, Phone number and Elance ID/profile) to digitaljobs@pinigeria.org with eMail title ‘ N1000 GIVEAWAY’
  3. Please do note that only registrations  done via bit.ly/elancedja will be validated for payment
  4. Do also note that payment will be made for ONLY multiples of 5 (10,15,20 etc)sign ups.1000 collage
  5. Upon confirmation that the registration details sent to us are valid, winners will be invited to PIN HQ on Friday,21st   2015  to redeem the total amount due
  6. Remember, you can win as many thousands as you want just by signing new people to work online via bit.ly/elancedja
  7. Campaign offer valid till Wednesday 15th August, 2015.

#PINternetFreedom Chat With Tope Ogundipe (@Tope_Ogundipe)

By | #PINternetFreedom

In August 2014 a coalition of individuals, organizations, and entities by the name NetRightsNG joined forces to work with all stakeholders towards a Nigerian Digital Rights and Freedom Bill. NetRightsNG is open to Nigerians, Nigerian organizations or Nigerian partners who share common ideals and are willing to join forces and resources. The secretariat of NetRightsNG is hosted by Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN). Stakeholders use mailing lists for communications and a web site is available on http://www.netrights.ng. Communications on Social Media platforms linked to the initiatives is generall tagged #NetRightsNG. A Twitter handle (@NetRightsNg) is also available, as well as a Facebook page.

Please check out the chat with Tope Ogundipe on  ‘Status of Digital Rights and Freedom Bill Advocacy by #NetRightsNG’ below in case you missed it:

 

Tope has worked for Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) as Chief Operating Officer since 2012, where she has helped manage projects with diverse stakeholders, while supervising the operations of four offices across Nigeria. Through her work at PIN and the organization’s competencies in ICT for development, she continues to provide a fresh perspective on the subject of empowerment and rights for women and girls for CSOs, advocates, policy makers and other organizations that work around women empowerment issues. Specifically she has played an active role delivering on ICT policy advocacy in Nigeria, demonstrating unreserved passion for women and girl’s access to technology and training in under-served communities through awareness campaigns, capacity building programs, research and reports. She is also currently serving as an expert consultant with World Wide Web Foundation on Empowerment for women and girls in Nigeria through the Web.

With a B.Sc in Urban and Regional Planning and a wealth of experience in youth advocacy and community development, Temitope has worked with GTZ/Wilbahi before PIN to facilitate StakeHolder Integration Workshops across oil producing communities in Nigeria for the development of the Niger Delta Development Commission {N.D.D.C} Master plan.

#PINternetFreedom Chat WIth Dr. John Dada (@fantsuam)

By | #PINternetFreedom

Topic:    Internet Penetration and Marginalized Groups

The Internet Penetration Rate corresponds to the percentage of the total population of a given country or region that uses the Internet. Nigeria’s Internet penetration has increased over the years, just as The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, says the number of internet users on the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) networks has increased from 76,322, 802 in 2014 to 81,892,840 in January 2015. Although this appears to be a significant progress, a lot still needs to be done especially in reaching out to marginalized groups in the country.

Unfortunately certain groups of people have been marginalized in the penetration process. The internet has tremendous potential to achieve greater social equity and empowerment and improve everyday life for those on the margins of society. Low- income families, rural areas and women, are the people mostly affected by this outcome, having less access to the internet and its benefits.

Dr John Dada addressed the issues around Broadband access and availability and gave recommendations. Check out the chat below in case you missed it

Dr John Dada, CEO of Fantsuam Foundation, was born in Jos, Nigeria and obtained a PhD in 1989 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he was engaged in teaching and research up till 1994. He has worked as a research Fellow at the University of Leeds, UK where he also completed a Masters degree in Public Health and trained as a nurse. He is a member of the African Stakeholders Network – United Nations ICT Task Force, was chairperson of the African Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC), African Research for Information Society Emergence, the Open Knowledge Network, International Burden of Disease Network, and is leading Fantsuam Foundation’s rural connectivity program in promoting low powered computer solutions and affordable access. Currently serves as member of the the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG)

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