NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE TO BE ESTABLISHED.

NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE TO BE ESTABLISHED. Government is to establish a National Cyber Security Centre, which will liaise with relevant state agencies and the private sector to oversee cybersecurity operations in the country. Cyber-crime, if not checked, can undermine government’s e-government initiatives such as the national identification system, the digital addressing system, e-payments and digital financial services. At the opening of the National Cyber-Security Week on Monday in Accra, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said Cyber-security issues were now firmly national security threats, adding that “Ghana cannot fully reap the digital dividends, associated with her adoption of ICT as a means of our socio-economic transformation, if it fails to

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DO SOCIAL MEDIA THREATEN DEMOCRACY?.

DO SOCIAL MEDIA THREATEN DEMOCRACY?. Facebook, Google and Twitter were supposed to save politics as good information drove out prejudice and falsehood. Something has gone very wrong. IN 1962 a British political scientist, Bernard Crick, published “In Defence of Politics”. He argued that the art of political horse-trading, far from being shabby, lets people of different beliefs live together in a peaceful, thriving society. In a liberal democracy, nobody gets exactly what he wants, but everyone broadly has the freedom to lead the life he chooses. However, without decent information, civility and conciliation, societies resolve their differences by resorting to coercion. How Crick would have been dismayed by the falsehood

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VIDEO/STEP BY STEP GUIDE: HOW TO REGISTER ON DIGITAL ADDRESS SYSTEM, OTHER THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW .

VIDEO/STEP BY STEP GUIDE: HOW TO REGISTER ON DIGITAL ADDRESS SYSTEM, OTHER THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has launched the National Digital Address System, “ghanapostGPS” in Accra. In partnership with the Communications Ministry and Ghana Post, the system is expected to give the country an accurate database of addresses. The launch of the National Digital Property Addressing System is a fulfilment of one of the campaign promises made by the New Patriotic Party during the 2016 general elections. At the launch of the system on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo said that “we have stayed true to this commitment, and reaffirmed it in this year’s Asempa Budget.

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WE ASKED FACEBOOK 12 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ELECTION, AND GOT 5 ANSWERS.

WE ASKED FACEBOOK 12 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ELECTION, AND GOT 5 ANSWERS. Nearly a year after Election Day, Facebook’s role in our modern political infrastructure is finally coming into focus. We now know, for example, that Russian-linked Facebook ads reached roughly 10 million Americans during the presidential election season, and that Russian government actors posed as Americans on Facebook to push divisive social issues like gun control, gay rights and the Black Lives Matter movement. We also know, thanks to a recent interview with Brad Parscale, President Trump’s digital campaign director, that the Trump campaign considered Facebook’s advertising microtargeting tools essential to its victory. But there is much more to know. Facebook has addressed some

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GOOGLE UNCOVERS RUSSIAN-BOUGHT ADS ON YOUTUBE, GMAIL AND OTHER PLATFORMS.

GOOGLE UNCOVERS RUSSIAN-BOUGHT ADS ON YOUTUBE, GMAIL AND OTHER PLATFORMS. Google found tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s platforms. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post) SAN FRANCISCO — Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company’s platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the company’s investigation. The Silicon Valley giant has found that tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s many products, which include YouTube, as well as advertising associated with Google search, Gmail, and the company’s DoubleClick ad network, the

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LIL WIN MUSICIAN AND MOVIES ARTIST ATTEMPTS AN EXPLANATION FOR ONE CORNER SONG SAGA

LIL WIN MUSICIAN AND MOVIES ARTIST ATTEMPTS AN EXPLANATION FOR ONE CORNER SONG SAGA. Some Ghanaians have since last week hit hard at the artiste after accusations by Patapaa that Lil Win was trying to ride on his fame by releasing a similar song which would bring down his One Corner. The management of Kumawood actor cum musician, Kwadwo Nkansah aka Lil Win has said that Ghanaians have not been fair to him over the brouhaha surrounding his latest single, Corner Corner. A spokesperson for Lil Win, Abdul Zach Amissah said it is rather unfortunate that Ghanaians will judge the musician without giving him the chance to explain what really

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FACEBOOK LIVE NURSE TRUDY IS BACK TO WORK AND WE HOPE SHE’S LEARNT HER LESSON

FACEBOOK LIVE NURSE TRUDY IS BACK TO WORK AND WE HOPE SHE’S LEARNT HER LESSON. This is Trudy Ewurama Marcel. IMAGE: TRUDY EWURAMA MARCEL/FACEBOOK She’s the nurse who got suspended together with her friend for going LIVE on Facebook while on duty. In an interview later with Kofi TV, Trudy indicated that she has regretted her action and vowed not to repeat such an act again if she gets another job. Luck seems to be on her side as she’s been reinstated by her hospital. In a post on Facebook, Trudy indicated that she’s learnt patience, perseverance and dedication. She went further to thank God for getting her job back. It’s however unclear

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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. The Ghana Police Service is set to launch a cyber intelligence unit. While this concept is long overdue we can only state however that better late than never. The sophistication of fraud via cyber techniques has overtaken the world like storm overwhelming everybody especially those of us in the third world. Unfortunately our law enforcement system has been, due to internal challenges, unable to cope with the speed with which the trend is sweeping the world. The global village which the world is today is so intertwined that such fraudulent acts are easily undertaken across frontiers. Countries whose law enforcement agencies fail to upgrade themselves by

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19-YEAR-OLD GHANAIAN STUDENT BUILDS SEARCH ENGINE TO RIVAL GOOGLE

19-YEAR-OLD GHANAIAN STUDENT BUILDS SEARCH ENGINE TO RIVAL GOOGLE. A 19-year-old Ghanaian university student Gabriel Opare has built a new search engine to rival Google and Youtube. According to Opare, his new search engine, Mudclo, will challenge the dominance of YouTube. Opare, a level 300 sociology student of the University of Ghana, taught himself how to code by taking online courses during his free time.Mudclo is a free search engine for videos. Mudclo discovers and streams videos from the different locations on the internet all in one place. “I believe that my business is good enough and that it can scale globally. It is a legitimate point to say that

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FACEBOOK IS GETTING CLOSE TO 2 BILLION USERS

FACEBOOK IS GETTING CLOSE TO 2 BILLION USERS. Facebook is “very close” to hitting 2 billion monthly active users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this week, according to Bloomberg. Nearing such a significant milestone, Facebook’s dominance as the world’s largest social network is as evident as ever. As Facebook’s global reach continues to expand, Zuckerberg shared an important update on the company’s vision — an update that involved revamping the company’s mission statement. Facebook’s new mission Originally setting out to connect the world, Facebook now wants to focus on reducing global division. “It’s not enough to simply connect the world; we must also work to bring the world closer together,” Zuckerberg said in

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MASSIVE CYBERATTACK TARGETS EUROPE, U.S AND WORLD WIDE

MASSIVE CYBERATTACK TARGETS EUROPE, U.S AND WORLD WIDE. Hackers launched blistering attacks Tuesday against companies and agencies across the world. Major global firms reported that they were under attack, including British advertising agency WPP (WPPGY), Russian oil and gas giant Rosneft and Danish shipping firm Maersk. “IT systems in several WPP companies have been affected by a suspected cyber attack,” said WPP on its official Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) account. Maersk issued a similar statement, saying its IT systems “are down across multiple sites and business units due to a cyberattack.” The U.S.-based pharmaceutical firm Merck (MRK) also said it’s been hit. “We confirm our company’s computer network was compromised today

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