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With Initiative Q you can warn $140,209


Initiative Q is an attempt by ex-PayPal guys to create a new payment system instead of payment cards that were designed in the 1950s. The system uses its own currency, the Q, and to get people to start using the system once it’s ready they are allocating Qs for free to people that sign up now (the amount drops as more people join – so better to join early). Signing up is free and they only ask for your name and an email address. There’s nothing to lose but if this payment system becomes a world leading payment method your Qs can be worth a lot. If you missed getting bitcoin seven years ago, you wouldn’t want to miss this.

Here is the invite link: https://initiativeq.com/invite/B4F4gpEX7

This link will stop working once I’m out of invites. Let me know after you registered, because I need to verify you on my end.

You will earn $140,209 after the sign up and the rest of them, here is the invite link: https://initiativeq.com/invite/B4F4gpEX7

So what are you waiting for?. Hurry Now!!…

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What Europe have learn on data law


When Europe’s new data law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), went into force on May 25, it pushed a decades-long global debate over privacy and the proper regulatory guardrails for the commercial use of people’s information on the internet to the front pages of newspapers all over the world.

As a result of the regulation’s European origins, some members of both the industry and the media are still under the impression that GDPR is somehow a “Europe issue”. It is not. It is a global call for those of us who collect, use, or distribute people’s information to rethink how we engage with the end consumer. There are also other takeaways for all stakeholders – governments interested in passing their own legislation, data dependent companies and industries, website operators and publishers, and the internet’s users themselves .

1. It’s about alternative solutions that will work for everyone

The first of these lessons is not to conclude that Europe has an aggressive regulatory philosophy and therefore there is nothing to be gained from assessing how the GDPR was constructed. It’s actually in part about how those of us that were concerned about the legislation approached influencing the outcome. Legislators and regulators in the United States and other countries are free to make law — good, bad, and in between — and they will continue to do so. The first lesson from the GDPR experience should be that standing in opposition to regulatory action or ideas for consumer and privacy protection in the digital age without providing widely acceptable alternative solutions to the concerns of consumers will not work.

The GDPR was one idea for constructing rules of the road for the treatment of people’s data that would give them greater comfort. It is the result of political pressure from European consumer concerns with commercial data practices that they believe lack transparency or adequate governance and the sense on the part of European legislators that they had to act to protect fundamental rights. Now that it is law, we should work cooperatively and collaboratively with thought leaders in the region to implement the regulation in a tempered and reasonable manner.

As technology and data dependent industries, we must also listen and rise to the challenge to put the consumer and his/or her interests first, independent of GDPR and in anticipation of regulatory and legal proposals to come. We should not limit ourselves to “check-the-box” compliance with every law, nor should we engage in expensive jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction battles to beat back new data-restriction proposals. Instead, we should provide alternative constructs for consumer protection for the digital age that are more flexible and enabling of innovation than the GDPR is in parts while simultaneously doing as good or a better job of putting consumers in charge of their digital experiences and identity. We should do that through self-regulatory work, public-private cooperation, and an open approach to the modernization of existing law.

2. It’s about both give and take

To help construct this new social contract for the digital age, we should commit to creating an online marketplace in which the rights and needs of both digital market actors and consumers are respected. We don’t need government to force us to do this. We can do it by right-sizing the exchange of value in the ecosystem and making it much more transparent and explicit. We are asking for consumers’ attention and time, so in return we must offer ad experiences that respect people’s digital dignity and enrich, entertain, inform, and educate them.

3. It’s about understanding that the internet is global, not local

Countries from Brazil to Australia, as well as US states including California, are considering to copy GDPR, or writing similar legislation. Much of it could be better constructed and too much of it is premised on the idea that data sharing itself is bad. Nonetheless, this rise in policymaker concerns and proposals represents a powerful call for individual digital empowerment. Consumers across the globe are raising their voices and asking for a better deal online. The digital ecosystem had better answer their calls. Setting aside potential new laws and regulation, one needs only look at the rising tide of ad blocking to hear what consumers want. Global consumer behaviour, like the internet itself, is not dependent upon, nor confined to, any particular geographic regulatory schema.

4. It’s about the user and the consumer, not the country or company

To win the support of the public and their representatives for the continued development of a globally data-driven economy, we must all embrace a consumer-first ethos. We must engage in a transparent dialogue with users and treat their information in a manner that the average person can reasonably be expected to understand and embrace. That is a fair challenge, and it is the galvanizing spirit of the GDPR and other proposals.

In partial response to the call from Europe, and in accordance with GDPR, the IAB Europe has created a Transparency and Consent Framework that provides a viable way to respect GDPR without hindering digital commerce. This is an example of addressing consumer and policymaker concerns in good faith. We should urge all actors in the digital economy to embrace it. It creates a mechanism for website operators to make clear to consumers which other digital actors are involved in the protection of consumer data and for what purposes. It offers consumers the choice whether or not to distribute that data to those actors for those uses. Beyond that, securing the information we hold and enabling people to ask for their records to be deleted are also reasonable demands, with which we should comply without complaint.

5. Lessons on what not to do

But as we consider the future of digital commerce, there are some truly bad ideas that the call for consumer protection is leading some policymakers to embrace. For example, we should seriously consider – whether under the GDPR or any other law – if legislators should force companies to provide services for free that they now provide in exchange for people’s information. Barring that specific service being a human right or utility, that is a step too far.

Website publishers should not be made to provide access to the content on a news website or to a service like social networking for free when someone chooses not to engage in the value exchange of data for services. People should have the choice not to have their data used without their consent but not the choice to free ride off the information of others and access services for free. We don’t believe that is fair. We hope that those who interpret GDPR, or are considering similar laws in their own jurisdictions, will take this on board.

It is currently unclear in both the GDPR and the current draft of upcoming European ePrivacy rules whether or not companies will be able to charge people anything if they choose not to engage in the value exchange of data for services. The assertion is that consumers should be able to bar access to their data without penalty and many are interpreting charging for services in any way as a penalty. In the current draft of the California ballot initiative under consideration for November it explicitly states that companies have to allow those free use of their services by consumers that refuse to provide access to their data. The internet and the services it delivers are amazing and prolific, but they are not free. It is bad precedent and bad policy to mandate how a service can or cannot be monetized or how a person can or cannot compensate a service provider for that service. Companies need to monetize services to operate. And for people to continue accessing services on the internet without having to reach for their wallets each time, websites have to have the ability to negotiate for access to data in order to best finance currently cash payment free services.

There is no doubt that commerce on the internet under GDPR and other similar proposals will get more challenging. Some companies won’t be able to make the transition, and the companies that survive and adapt to new law and consumer demands will have to rise to a higher standard. But we cannot throw the baby out with the bath water – and nor do we think that is anybody’s intent. Using, analyzing and distributing people’s data to create, monetize, and deliver services has fueled the rise of a global digital economy with very low barriers to entry and participation. It has served as an incredible engine for the democratization of commerce and conversation. We can come to mutually agreed standards and processes for ensuring its continued progress and enabling its financing – through multiple mechanisms, including permissioned advertising – while also giving people more control over their own information and data.

The World Economic Forum is a great platform on which to have this dialogue. As is the OECD, think tanks like the German Marshall Fund, your national legislatures, regulatory bodies, and self-regulatory and multi-stakeholder organizations.

GDPR is not the end of the global and national discussions and deliberations over people’s privacy in the digital age nor is it a silver bullet solution that should be cut and pasted into other jurisdictions. It is one idea that European legislators and regulators have worked hard to construct. Those companies operating in Europe, including my own, should respect and comply with it. And we should all evaluate it, engage with its implementation, and think about what might work just as well or even better elsewhere in the world for the sake of protecting people and enabling innovation and commerce in our still developing information society.

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

By Daniel Sepulveda

​Internet users remain at 92m in June -NCC



The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday said that internet users on Nigeria’s telecommunications networks have reduced to 92,281,921, as at June 2016.

The commission made this known in its monthly Internet Subscriber Data, which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

A breakdown of the data showed that internet users on both the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM), and the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks reduced by 81,415.

It further said that 92,363,336 subscribers surfed the internet in May, but that only 92,281,921 did in June.

The data showed that out of the 92,281,921 internet users in June, 92,181,178 were on the GSM networks, while 100,743 users were on the CDMA.

Of the 92,181,178 internet users on the GSM networks in the month under review, the document showed that MTN Nigeria had 32,974,177 customers browsing on its network.

It stated that MTN suffered a decrease of 134,609 internet subscribers in June, after it recorded 33,108,786 users in the month of May.

According to the report, Globacom had 26,628,065 customers surfing the net in June, showing an increase of 272,674 from its May’s record of 26,355,391.

It also said that Airtel Nigeria network recorded a rise of users with 17,325,423 internet users in the month of June, as against 17,280,089 customers in May.

The records, therefore, showed that Airtel Nigeria network users increased by 45,334 in the month of June.

The data also showed that Etisalat had 15,253,513 internet users in June, as against the 15,508,024 in May, recording a decrease of 254,511 users in the month under review.

It also revealed that the CDMA operators (Multi-Links and Visafone), had a joint total of 100,743 internet users on their networks in June.

It showed that the only surviving two CDMA networks in the country listed a decrease of 10,303 internet subscribers in the month under review, from the 111,046 users they recorded in May.

Visafone had 100,739 customers surfing the internet in June, showing a reduction of 10,303 users from its May record of 111,042.

Multi-Links had 4 internet users in the month of June, same as in May 2016.

The document stressed the need for more Nigerians to embrace the internet, to speed up the country’s progress towards achieving 30 per cent broadband penetration by 2018.

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VConnect Buy mobile app for Android users is here!


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With the launch of the VConnect Buy mobile
app, your number one online marketplace,
VConnect has taken another step to make
shopping faster and more convenient for you.
You can now order any product or service at a
go wherever you are, as long as your phone is
with you. The days of worrying about going to
the mall or any shop to get every single thing
you need are over!
WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU SHOP WITH THE
VCONNECT BUY MOBLIE APP
· You get N2, 000
discount on your
first order after
downloading the app
· You can stay in
control of your
budget with lowest
prices on thousands
of great products
and services from
different categories
like Electronics,
Home needs,
Kitchen and dining,
Home consumables
and lifestyle
· You can sort or
filter your results
based on price,
brands or how new
the products are.
· You are able to
track your order
· From the deal of
the day section, you
can get great items
at very low prices
· You can make
your shopping
decision easier by
checking reviews to
see what other
customers think
about specific
products. You can
also write your
review on any
product(s) or
service(s) you’ve
ordered for
· You enjoy safe
modes of payment
and prompt delivery
Ready to get a new online shopping experience?
All you need to do is
· Download the app
on your phone
· Add the item(s)
to your cart &
proceed to check
out.
· Pay online with
your debit card or
pay cash on
delivery.
Kindly note that the minimum basket size is N5,
000.
Your products get delivered to you right at your
doorstep; for lifestyle services of your choice,
you can download your coupon and go to the
merchant to redeem it.
Download the VConnect Buy mobile app now
and enjoy great discounts when you place
orders for products or services ranging from
phones to laptops, home and kitchen
appliances, office supplies, domestic services,
trainings, foods and drinks, hotel
accommodation and many more.

Published By IkemDanielBlog

A Trip To Silicon Valley: Learning to Build Africa’s Facebook, eBay & PayPal In 2016


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In 2013, the potential positioning of Nigeria as a
hub for innovation and software development
was boosted by the visit of the former Ministry
of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola
Johnson to Silicon Valley with a carefully
selected group of entrepreneurs and companies.
2016 is the year Africans builds products that
the world finally takes notice of, and the the
Pocket Presents team have come up with
TechInSV to help entrepreneurs and established
businesses learn how.
In Nigeria today, over 200 blogs are opened daily,
dream start-ups in technology, fashion, food,
blogging, makeup, etc are opened and closed by
passionate Nigerians who face problems of poor
infrastructure, cost of marketing/finding right
product, building products that can support high
user adoption or what techies call scalability and
high availability.

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To help us learn how we can build these
products by interacting directly with product
engineers, marketers and others in Silicon Valley,
Pocket Presents, a Nigerian based platform
focused on global knowledge transfer has
collaborated with The African Network (TAN) and
The African Technology Foundation (ATF) to
allow 30 Nigerians visit silicon valley based
companies like Google, Facebook, Airbnb, 500
Startups, Uber, Twitter, Paypal, Stripe, eBay,
4info, Oracle, SAP.
The 7-day visit is focused on learning from
leading technology teams but will also give a
taste of what life is like in a growing startup as
well as an inhabitant of the San Francisco bay
area (commonly called “The Bay Area” or “The
Bay”).
The trip will cost $5400 inclusive of flights, hotel,
feeding and visits, and serious entrepreneurs,
Heads of Technology, Systems Architects and
Developers,E-Banking Heads/Teams, Telecom
Technical Teams and Technology media can
indicate interest and attend a special mixer on
Thursday March 3, 2015 at Cafe NEO, Victoria
Island Lagos by registering on the website HERE-
à bit.ly /TechInSV

Published By Ikem Daniel {ChosenOne}