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Data Protection Commission celebrates ‘Data Protection and Privacy Day’ January 28

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Data Protection Commission celebrates ‘Data Protection and Privacy Day’ January 28

Data Protection Commission celebrates ‘Data Protection and Privacy Day’ January 28

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) is set to join the world to celebrate Data Protection and Privacy Day under the theme “A New Chapter in Enforcing Accountability and Empowering Data Subjects.”

The week-long celebration which begins on January 28, 2019 will be marked with series of national activities to educate citizens about the importance of keeping personal data safe.

The activities include the launch of the National Youth Sensitization program and interactive Radio and TV program.

The National Youth Sensitization program according to the DPC in a press release, will focus on regional sensitization events in selected schools in the Western, Northern, and Ashanti regions to educate the digitally savvy youth about privacy and data protection Rights and empower them.

On February 6, 2019, the DPC will officially open a new Data Commission Office to unveil a new brand identity and also launch the 2019 work plan and National Awareness Campaign through youth sensitization.

Read the full statement below

Data Protection Commission (DPC) celebrates Data Protection and Privacy Day on 28th January and Data Protection Week commencing 28th January

Source: ghanaweb.com

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Digitisation crucial to Ghana Beyond Aid – Bawumia

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Digitisation crucial to Ghana Beyond Aid – Bawumia

Digitisation crucial to Ghana Beyond Aid – Bawumia

On Wednesday, 15 May 2019, Ghana’s Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia participated in the first day of the Ghana Digital Roadmap Conference on the theme: Moving Ghana Beyond Aid: Expanding the local digital economy in Accra.

The conference is to review the Information and Communication Technology for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) policy document in line with digital opportunities and generate ideas to develop a strategy and an implementation plan to establish Ghana as the leader in ICT innovation in Africa by 2023.

Speaking at the conference, Dr Bawumia stressed the importance the government of Ghana attaches to the ongoing digitisation agenda, emphasising that a digitised, formal economy is a crucial tool of the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

“Now is the time to take a critical look at our seminal ICT policy document, the ICT for Accelerated Development Policy, identify gaps and recommend changes required to provide the right framework to harness Ghana’s digital economy and also nurture our local ICT industry,” Dr Bawumia said.

Source: classfmonline.com

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KNUST students build robot that repels mosquitoes

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KNUST students build robot that repels mosquitoes

KNUST students build robot that repels mosquitoes

Each year, countries around the world – Africa, specifically, spend huge sums of money on mosquito control programmes and mosquito bite treatment.

Amid several interventions meant to eliminate the deadly insect, there are concerns about the chemicals’ toxins that are released into the environment.

There are even suggestions totally getting rid of mosquitoes will create imbalance in nature.

So what allows them to live and come into our space but disable them from biting?

Well, Biomedical Engineering students of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology have a built a robotic mosquito repellent.

Second-year students, Joana Owusu-Appiah, Selinam Fiadjo and Daniella Asare call the robot ‘Anquito’, coined from ‘anti’ and ‘mosquito’.

“We realize there are so many measures to kill mosquitoes but we thought to ourselves, is it a problem of mosquitoes living or the fact that they’re in our space?

“Somebody is his room with mosquito coil and net but when there is light out, he goes out for fresh air and gets bitten.”

“What can we do for people who are outside their rooms and getting fresh air” they thought.

The robot, built with computer programming, emits ultrasonic sounds.

Ultrasound is not different from “normal” sound in its physical properties, except that humans cannot hear it. This limit varies from person to person and is approximately 20 kilohertz in healthy young adults. Ultrasound is used in many different fields, including detecting objects and measuring distance. Its imaging is often used in medicine.

Animals such as bats use ultrasound for locating prey and obstacles.

‘Anquito’ emits 38 kilohetz which is thought to ward off mosquitoes. It is equipped with sensors which stop and change direction after encountering an obstacle.

The students are working to create a miniature of the machine and employ artificial intelligence to make it smarter.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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Google’s ethics board shut down

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Google’s ethics board shut down

An independent group set up to oversee Google’s artificial intelligence efforts, has been shut down less than a fortnight after it was launched.

The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) was due to look at the ethics around AI, machine learning and facial recognition.

One member resigned and there were calls for another to be removed.

The debacle raises questions about whether firms should set up such bodies.

Google told the BBC: “It’s become clear that in the current environment, ATEAC can’t function as we wanted.

“So we’re ending the council and going back to the drawing board. We’ll continue to be responsible in our work on the important issues that AI raises, and will find different ways of getting outside opinions on these topics.”

There had been an outcry over the appointment of Kay Coles James, who is president of conservative thinktank The Heritage Foundation. Thousands of Google employees signed a petition calling for her removal, over what they described as “anti-trans, anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant” comments.

At the weekend, board member Prof Alessandro Acquisti resigned, tweeting: “While I’m devoted to research grappling with key ethical issues of fairness, rights and inclusion in AI, I don’t believe this is the right forum for me to engage in this important work.”

The panel had been announced at a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and had planned to meet four times in 2019.

One of the eight members, Joanna Bryson, a professor from Bath University, expressed anger at Google’s decision to pull the plug.

She tweeted: “I thought there were enough smart people at Google that there must be some process for either communicating or improving decisions. But I was wrong, and the people who called me naive were right.”

Source: bbc.com

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