Rest of World: “Hostage-taking laws” seem to be fueling a Twitter crackdown in India

Rest of World: “Hostage-taking laws” seem to be fueling a Twitter crackdown in India. “Increasingly popular around the world, ‘hostage-taking laws,’ are government mandates that require social media companies to have physical offices and employees in the countries where they operate. In addition to India, these laws have been put in place in Nigeria, Turkey, and Vietnam. Observers say that Twitter’s recent takedowns in India highlight how governments leverage these laws and create a regulatory environment with higher-stakes penalties, which makes it easier to demand companies to censor the speech of journalists and dissidents.”

UNESCO: UNESCO welcomes the signing of a historic agreement between Germany and Nigeria for the return of 1,130 Benin bronzes

UNESCO: UNESCO welcomes the signing of a historic agreement between Germany and Nigeria for the return of 1,130 Benin bronzes . “The declaration goes beyond a mere restitution and provides for ambitious cultural cooperation. Under the terms of the declaration, Germany is expected to participate in archaeological exploration work, provide training for Nigerian museum staff, help build a new museum in Benin and return looted Benin Bronzes from German museum collections, while promoting international travelling and joint exhibitions.”

TechCrunch: Nigeria’s internet regulator releases draft to regulate Google, Facebook, TikTok and others

TechCrunch: Nigeria’s internet regulator releases draft to regulate Google, Facebook, TikTok and others . “Nigeria has announced plans to regulate internet companies like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram (all owned by Meta), Twitter, Google and TikTok in a draft shared by the country’s internet regulator. This information, released by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Monday, can be viewed on its website and Twitter page.”

This Day Live (Nigeria): TETFund Targets Two Billion Pages of Research Materials

This Day Live (Nigeria): TETFund Targets Two Billion Pages of Research Materials. “The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has begun a two-billion pages drive to accelerate the ongoing digitisation of thesis across 100 least digitised institutions. Inaugurating the committee on yesterday in Abuja, the executive secretary, Sonny Echono, said the need for a National Academic Research Repository (NARR) necessitated the project, given that numerous research outputs were lying dormant in libraries across tertiary institutions in the country.”

Social media can be a force for good in a crisis: lessons from Lagos (The Conversation)

The Conversation: Social media can be a force for good in a crisis: lessons from Lagos. “We set out to assess the role that social media played in driving public engagement with Covid health measures in Lagos, Nigeria. We analysed public engagement on Twitter between January and August 2020 that related to the city’s lockdown protocols. One of our key findings was that the public responded most to public health information being shared by prominent individual social media influencers. These included sportspeople, comedians, musicians and business-people.”

WIRED: The Long Shadow of the ‘Nigerian Prince’ Scam

WIRED: The Long Shadow of the ‘Nigerian Prince’ Scam. “IN NOVEMBER 2021, Oluwaseun Medayedupin was arrested by the Nigerian police in Lagos. An investigation found that he had been pursuing ‘disgruntled employees’ from American companies and pushing them to release ransomware on internal enterprise servers, offering a percentage of the cut if they agreed to collaborate in the attack. This was a sophisticated social engineering scheme, far more advanced than the notorious ‘Nigerian prince’ emails that have made the country of Nigeria synonymous with scams.”

Washington Post: Smithsonian to give back its collection of Benin bronzes

Washington Post: Smithsonian to give back its collection of Benin bronzes. “The repatriation of the 39 priceless artworks is the cornerstone of an agreement that could be signed as early as next month, the head of Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments told The Washington Post. It includes provisions for long-term loans, shared exhibitions and education programs in Nigeria. The deal reflects a fundamental change in the Smithsonian’s collecting practices.”

The Cable: Chidinma Igbokweuche, Ibrahim Suleiman unveil Nollywood’s ‘first database website’

The Cable: Chidinma Igbokweuche, Ibrahim Suleiman unveil Nollywood’s ‘first database website’. “Chidinma Igbokweuche and Ibrahim Suleiman have announced the launch of Nollydata, which they described as Nollywood’s first-ever database website.” I thought “Nollywood” was a portmanteau of “Nigeria” and “Hollywood” but apparently it’s not that clear. Anyway, it’s about the Nigerian film industry.

COVID-19 guidelines: Lagos govt begins prosecution of defaulters (Punch Nigeria)

Punch Nigeria: COVID-19 guidelines: Lagos govt begins prosecution of defaulters. “The Lagos State government has commenced prosecution of inbound international passengers who fail to submit themselves for Day Two and Day Seven PCR tests as mandated by the Federal COVID-19 protocols and guidelines. This is as the state government expressed concern over the dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases seen in the evolving fourth wave.”

Twitter ban: Court dismisses suit against FG, awards N100,000 fine against SERAP (Punch NG)

Punch (Nigeria): Twitter ban: Court dismisses suit against FG, awards N100,000 fine against SERAP. “A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, dismissed a suit filed against the Federal Government for directing television and radio stations to delete their Twitter accounts. Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in a judgment, dismissed the suit for lacking in merit and awarded the sum of N100,000 against the plaintiff.” 100,000 Nigerian Naira is just under $244 USD.

Covid vaccines: Why is Nigeria unable to use its supply? (BBC)

BBC: Covid vaccines: Why is Nigeria unable to use its supply?. “Only about 3% of Nigeria’s population has received a full course of vaccines against Covid – a low rate even compared with other countries in Africa. For South Africa, the figure is 24%. However, it’s emerged that Nigeria has a large stockpile of out-of-date vaccines which has gone unused.”

The Verge: Nigeria says it will lift Twitter ban if the company meets certain conditions

The Verge: Nigeria says it will lift Twitter ban if the company meets certain conditions. “Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Friday that he would lift the country’s ban on Twitter if the company met certain conditions. Nigeria’s government suspended Twitter ‘indefinitely’ in June, accusing the social media platform of “activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.” The ban followed a few days after Twitter removed a threatening tweet by Buhari that it said violated its policy against abusive behavior.”

Punch (Nigeria): ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ not sustainable way of life, Bawa warns corps members

Punch (Nigeria): ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ not sustainable way of life, Bawa warns corps members. “The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has advised corps members against engaging in internet fraud, popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo. This is as he harped on integrity and dedication, saying that the harsh economic situation in the country is not a license for anyone to engage in crime.”