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. …

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Papua New Guinea calling

For over a decade, renegade telecom Digicel has made it their business to connect some of the world’s most remote regions. Now their strategy has left them reliant on maintaining the status quo. The Karawari river valley in Papua New Guinea is not, from a business perspective, an obvious place to build a cell tower. The remote region is home …

Telecommunications giant, Digicel, considers selling Pacific arm

One of the region’s most prominent telecommunications companies is considering selling its Pacific operations. Digicel, which is owned by Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien and headquartered in Jamaica, has confirmed it’s been approached by a number of potential buyers. The heavily debt-laden company’s Pacific operations are estimated to be worth about $2 billion. A Digicel spokesperson confirmed to the Irish Times …

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A Personal Story – CHRISTINA KUPER WINI

A Pacific Women in ICT (PICwICT) Feature “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a child, I was persistently asked this question. It was one of my least favourite questions. Dreaded too, because I felt it placed an uncomfortable pressure on me to respond with the correct answer. The truth being, I (or any child) had …

New diaspora fund to support the next generation of Pacific businesses

Two years after visiting Samoa as part of Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia’s business mission, Bernard Tuaimau in conjunction with the Pacific Business, Sports and Entrepreneurs (PBSE) and PTI Australia, has announced the ‘Pasifika Diaspora Fund’ is set to launch at the start of 2021. The fund will focus on impact investment and developing social enterprises across the Pacific.  The Sydney-based businessman and co-founder of the PBSE Network returned from the business mission to Samoa …