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January 2016

Why You Should Attend #SMWNetRights At Social Media Week 2015 (@SMWLagos)

By | Uncategorized

In the new digitized global environment, human activities have expanded and so has the participation in contemporary debates that ranges from socio-economic survival to political sustenance of the modern society. As this continues, there are bound to be defined rules, obligations and rights of individuals on the virtual space. This brings into sharp focus the importance of online rights and especially as it affects Nigeria.

The laws of the modern Nigeria clearly support freedom of expression with a safe assumption of its extension to the internet. This is why the Internet, especially in Nigeria is seen as a springboard of revitalised, energetic , focused and result-driven activism made possible by the perspicacity of an active citizenry and the enablement of an highly connected social interactions.

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This is why the Social Media Week will be used to review debate and postulate common agreements on the state of Internet Rights in Nigeria between its participators. Special attention will be given to the government and administrative posturing as regards Internet Rights given the spate of abuse of rights of expression on the Internet. The legal implications of parties to an expression will also be duly considered to help rewrite the narrative of the discourse of Online Rights in Nigeria. Such other issues to be considered are:

  • Data Privacy and Proliferation of Citizens’ Identity BY Ministries and Development Agencies
  • Mass Surveillance, Lawful Interception by the NCC, SIM Registration by private companies
  • The Cybercrime law vis-à-vis freedom of expression in Nigeria
  • The Digital Rights and Freedom Bill

Interested persons are enjoined to register to attend the event at http://bit.ly/smwnetrights

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria Makes FoI Request To The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)

By | ICT Policy

With an existence that is almost obscure, the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) is not easily identifiable in the scheme of making ICT work in the Nigerian environment. However, research and the objectives of the Fund have shown that it is one of the most important sources of funding ICT projects in rural areas in Nigeria. As indicated by the Fund’s website, it is mandated to “…facilitate the achievement of national policy goals for universal access and universal service to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in rural, un-served and under-served areas in Nigeria. The Fund is being managed to facilitate the widest possible access to affordable telecommunications services for greater social equity and inclusion for the people of Nigeria.” Working with these facts, the Fund is to see to the development of ICT development to drive the growth of rural areas in Nigeria which is very crucial to the success of the on-going global digitalisation of which Nigeria is not left out.

It is with these interests that Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) has made a Freedom of Information request to the Fund to kindly make available the details of its finances from August 2006 to date to help in sustaining the crusade of public service accountability and transparency especially in the ICT Public sector. The request was also made in order to be able to monitor the spate of growth and application of available resources towards the realisation of a viable ICT development in Nigeria.

USFP acknowledgement letter

So far, the request has been made to the USPF and we await their response within the next seven days counting from January 5, 2016 which the letter was evidenced to be acknowledged by the USPF.

 

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