A State Department review
has faulted Hillary Clinton for her exclusive use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as Secretary of State, the report said yesterday.
It said that the practice posed a security risk and did not comply with government records laws.
Revelations that Clinton used a personal e-mail address and a server located in her home have raised questions about her tenure at the State Department and dogged her presidential campaign for months.
The State Department Office of Inspector General report, which leaked on Wednesday, found Clinton had not sought permission for her unusual e-mail arrangement and would likely have been denied had she sought permission.
The report details warnings to Clinton aides about problems with the e-mail arrangement that were ignored.
The report noted that Clinton was not alone in exclusively using a personal e-mail account and that former Secretary of State, Colin Powell (2001-05) had done so as well.
However, it noted that security protocols were more advanced during Clinton’s tenure.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, mentioned the Inspector-general report in a broadside against Clinton at a campaign rally Wednesday in California.
“She’s as crooked as they come; she had a little bad news today, as you know, from some reports that came down that weren’t so good.
“Inspector-general report not good,” he said.
Republicans have long said the issues showed Clinton is untrustworthy and raised questions about her judgement.
“The inspector-general’s findings are just the latest chapter in the long saga of Hillary Clinton’s bad judgement that broke federal rules and endangered our national security,” Republican National Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus said.
“The stakes are too high in this election to entrust the White House to someone with as much poor judgement and reckless disregard for the law as Hillary Clinton.”
Clinton’s campaign stressed that the report showed her actions were not unique.
It shows that the State Department officials knew she was using a private account, and that she took steps to preserve her records.
The report is due to be publicly released on Thursday, but the Washington Post published a copy of it on its website on Wednesday.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner would not comment on the specifics of the report before its official release, but said that the department has complied with all the recommendations handed down to improve security.
FG Lists Constraints To Economic Digitalisation
To unleash Nigeria’s potential for industrialisation and sustainable economic growth, while ensuring competitiveness in a global digital economy, the Federal Government says it will take measures to digitise the economy and make digitalisation a key driver of national economic development strategies.
In a document released towards this end, the government said it will ensure that, by 2025 critical digitisation challenges are addressed so that the sector can achieve its job creation and economic productivity potential.
Consequently, the Federal Government, in its National Development Plan (NDP) 2021 to 2025, Volume 1, has projected about N150 billion investments.
The N150 billion, which according to the Federal Government, is public investment, will be spread across priority projects in the sector as well as projects essential to the operations of the relevant ministries.
In addition, the government said the ICT sector is projected to facilitate the formation of up to $1 billion in private equity and private capital investments in digital infrastructure of approximately $40 billion.
The document noted that despite recent improvements in Nigeria’s ICT sector, several challenges, including low funding and weak digital infrastructure, especially in noncommercial hubs, have limited the value-creation potential of businesses.
These constraints include digital and financial exclusion of key segments of the population; intermittent access to power, which threatens the development of the ICT sectors, particularly to the telecoms and IT services and last-mile connectivity; lack of local funding for promising start-ups (over-reliance on foreign funders who may not necessarily fund start-ups based on local needs); and low capacity of digital infrastructure and institutions, especially in non-commercial hubs.
Others are low skills development due to skills mismatch between academia and industry, leading to a shortage of workers with digital skills; new risks associated with data privacy and cybersecurity challenges.
The Federal Government said these constraints must be addressed to reduce the risk of low regional and global competitiveness, low economic productivity, business exits, and brain drain.
“Thus, to create high-growth businesses, including unicorns, and maximize job creation opportunities, the digital economy building blocks are of strategic importance and priority,” the document stated.
While challenges exist, FG said Nigeria has a significant young, tech-savvy, resilient, and entrepreneurial population, which creates opportunities for the ICT sector.
The FG, which puts Nigeria’s population at approximately 200 million, said a privately held start-up with a valuation exceeding $1 billion, noted that the population makes Nigeria an attractive destination of choice for ICT services and products, and the installation of under-sea cables has boosted bandwidth capacity in the last decade and provided a framework for digitisation across the country.
According to the document, these trends have led to an influx of world-leading multinationals establishing operations in Nigeria as well as international equity investments into start-ups operating in these sectors.
NITDA Launches Consumer Protection Forum for IT Industry
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says it is partnering with relevant stakeholders to come up with a code of conduct for social media activities in Nigeria.
Making this known during a recent interactive session with journalists to kick-start this year’s ‘National Protection Week’ in Abuja, the Director-General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa, said the effort was to protect Nigerians from data privacy intrusion.
He added that the agency was putting measures in place to impose more sanctions on data privacy violators such as Loan Applications’ platforms breaching its users’ privacy.
”We are going to work with key stakeholders to come up with code of conduct for social media engagements in Nigeri,’’ he said.
Inuwa explained that it was only through an effective regulatory framework that Nigeria could harness the full potentials of social media platforms.
“For instance, according to some investigative reports by some international news agencies such as CNN, Reuters, BBC and Guardian (UK), Twitter and Facebook deleted some social media accounts operating in Nigeria and Ghana because they were linked to some foreigners who were using the said accounts to manipulate the public”, he said.
According to him, Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) prohibited this manner of atrocious intrusion and manipulation of personal data.
“By collaborating as vanguards of Nigerian sovereignty, government agencies are sending signals to the big data community that it is not going to be business as usual”, he noted.
Listing the successes recorded so far in the implementation of NDPR, Inuwa further noted that the NITDA had embarked on various capacity building initiatives which resulted to the training of 5,746 Nigerians.
He also revealed how Nigeria had moved from zero data privacy audit compliance in 2018 to 635 in 2020 and over 1,230 audit compliance in 2021 with the Finance, Consultancy, ICT, Digital Media and Manufacturing ranking as top-performing sectors on data compliance.
The NITDA boss , hinted that the agency in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other relevant agencies, have resolved to sanction operators of Loan-Apps that breach data privacy.
”We will make sure to address that challenge in collaboration with CBN; we have sanctioned some of them and we are working with other policymakers to address this challenge,’’ he assured.
Firm To Launch ‘Unity App’ In PH
A media organisation, Niger Delta Reporter Newspaper, has said plans are under way to launch its “Unity APP” in Port Harcourt in March.
The Publisher and Chief Executive of the outfit, Mr Felix Tolorunju Idowu, who made this known in a statement to Newsmen in Port Harcourt recently, siad the App would be a “one-stop technological platform that presents the rich cultural and historic socio-economic potentials of the Niger Delta Region comprising Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, Edo, Rivers, Ondo, and Imo States”.
The statement assured that the App would be user friendly with rich content that covers politics and governance, corporate organizations, Governors of Niger Delta scorecards, NDDC and all spheres of life in the Niger Delta. It also hinted that a “Delta Carnival” will be organized.
“The Delta Carnival is a socio-cultural tourism event designed to unify and showcase the beauty of the entire region, to inspire a new generation of change agents, and to entrench the culture of peaceful coexistence for the sustainable development of the region that is presently contributing the most to Nigeria’s economy”, it stated.
The Tide learnt that the platform would also be used to draw the attention of the government to the region’s challenges which, as noted by the outfit, have transmuted beyond oil spillage and environmental pollutions to the loss of jobs and livelihood of the people of the region.
According to the statement, the app will also accord users access to socio-economic developments going on in the nine states that make up the Niger Delta region.
“It’s our utmost belief that the Unity App and the Carnival will open another vista of economic activities for the region, as we will be networking with countries that have distinguished themselves in carnival affairs.
“This Carnival will open the Niger Delta region to the great continents of the world, as we will use it to let investors know that our region is now a safe haven for investors against the backdrop of negative local and International press portraying the region in bad light”, it said.
The statement continued that the orgainisation was consulting with the nine states that constitute the region so that they can be fully involved in the Carnival and the Niger Delta Unity App initiatives.
“We have secured strong synergy with NDDC and Presidential Amnesty Program, Agencies and other Stakeholders in the Region”, it added.
Idowu also hinted in the statement that Rivers State, which has been chosen, will serve as a host and hub of the entire region, which includes its foreign delegates, who will also have access to the platform.
By: King Onunwor
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