Kevin Jenkins: The story of Pasifika business is bigger than the minimum wage

(Authored by Kevin Jenkins, originally published by the NZ Herald on 7 March 2021) Excerpt: Award-winner MYRIVR is one example, and another is MakaNet, the only Pasifika-owned and -operated ISP in Aotearoa. Their unique offering is a great price for unlimited fibre, but being Pasifika-owned and -led also makes a difference. Demonstrating cultural understanding with Pasifika clients has boosted trust …

MAUREEN SALINI

Trust and the changes in ICT Pacific Women in ICT feature This story first appeared on IT Society Solomon Islands Since Chung Wah Primary School and even throughout my high school years at the King George VI National Secondary School, the aim was to get into medicine. Then in my last year, the 7th Form, my father suggested I take …

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Reviewing cybersecurity capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tuvalu conducts its first national cybersecurity capacity review Authors: Mr. Opetaia Simati, Director, Department of ICT, Ministry of Justice, Communications and Foreign Affairs, Tuvalu Dr. James Boorman, Head of Research and Capacity Building, OCSC Dr. Joanne Mihelcic, Research Fellow, OCSC March 2021, Tuvalu, Funafuti. The world has changed. COVID-19 has had a profound and disastrous impact on communities, health, and …

Pacific needs more female role models in the sciences,

says top achiever of regional Year 13 programme GIRLS need to see more female role models who have either succeeded in science subjects or are flourishing in male-dominated science fields, says Anne Wang June, the highest achiever in last year’s regional Year 13 programme.   “This will make it easier for girls to envision themselves taking a similar path to succeed in a science …

Online Courses on New Technologies for Fijian Workers

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the tourism industry in the Pacific, resulting in the termination or reduced hours for a large portion of tourism workers. In Fiji, over 70,000 tourism workers have been affected – individuals such as Joseph Snodgrass, a former bartender of an award-winning resort in Savusavu and Salote Matanibuka, a former receptionist of an idyllic resort …

Breaking cultural and social boundaries

Naomi Jackson Druma originally from Lawaki in Kadavu, was born and raised in Lautoka in a family of three, being the youngest of the family Naomi has always wanted to be a mentor and a leader. “My family was the greatest influence in my career choice. My father encouraged me to venture into the ICT field which led to pursuing …

Combating cyber related threats through awareness

To combat cyber-attacks and cybercrime activities, Tonga National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT Tonga) conducted a five-day awareness program in Vava’u on cyber related threats that are happening in Tonga and how to mitigate the impact. The weeklong program which ran from 15th – 19th February brought together representatives from private sector, line ministries mainly the Officers in Charge and IT personnel, …

Fiji to become a cashless society

Fiji will become a cashless society in the not too distant future, this after the national payment system bill was passed in parliament today. Minister for Local Governments Premila Kumar said the national payment system bill was an important bill designed to ensure Fiji’s banking, payments and securities systems effectively respond to the ongoing evolution in modern payment practices across …

Cybercrime Bill to boost investor confidence

The Cybercrime Bill 2020 has been passed by parliament. The Bill is a step towards ensuring that cyber technology is utilized as it should and at the same time it does not impede Fiji’s efforts towards social, economic, and political development. Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Bill seeks to give effect to the Budapest Convention by providing a comprehensive and …

Teenager attempted suicide over Tik-Tok taunts: Police

A 17-year-old girl tried to take her own life in Sigatoka after one of her TikTok videos garnered negative feedback. The teenager is recovering well, says Fiji’s police who are also calling on parents to monitor their children’s social media use. Police did not say when the incident happened, only saying that it was reported at the Sigatoka Police Station …