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 …

Tim Cook May Have Just Ended Facebook

Looks like it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy. What happens when an unstoppable force hits an immovable object?  In a recent speech in Brussels marking International Data Privacy Day, Apple CEO Tim Cook went on the offensive against Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Cook’s speech seems to be a direct response to Facebook’s recent attack on Apple, in which the world’s largest social network took out …

Data needs to be translated to alleviate burden on Pacific island policymakers

The intense focus on data technology, data sharing and data science in the Pacific islands as of late has promised a myriad of benefits for island Governments through evidence based decision making and policies. Data is good, we agree. It captures past, current and can assist in ways to influence future trends on key development issues. We need data to …

The ICT Journey Part 1: How it all began

In November 2020, our Women in ICT feature was the story behind Coral Sea Cable Repeater ‘R1219’ named after Women in IT Solomon Islands (WITSI) and Information Technology Society Solomon Islands (ITSSI) founding member Suzanne Moli Orudiana. Suzanne’s story on how this all began and the challenges faced as a university student in a foreign country, so far away from …

Second public sector organisation hit by cyber-attack

Another Government organisation is grappling with a cyber-attack, after discovering a threat last month. The Health Research Council, which is responsible for managing around $120 million in funding annually, says it’s addressing “an incident affecting the organisation’s IT environment.” While a spokesperson wouldn’t go into detail about the exact nature of the attack, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner was …

Launching the Pacific Data Hub: a one-stop shop

Data and statistics about the Pacific are not easy to find unless you know where to look, or they’re your own. Often they can be fragmented, and tangible results from others’ research, projects or development work are hard to compare. It’s an issue that has long been identified and one that many of us have been working to fix. New Zealand …

Regulator will not allow us to buy Digicel’s operations in Fiji – Lal

Source: Fiji Village Vodafone may consider buying Digicel’s operations in Tonga and Nauru. The Regional Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Fiji, Pradeep Lal says they will consider buying Digicel’s operations in Nauru and Tonga if it brings value for their shareholders however the regulators will not allow them to buy operations in other countries like Fiji to prevent a monopoly. …