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Wednesday, February 26 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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Market trends suggest, and policy thrusts will ensure that Nigeria is heading in the direction of increasing internet availability, accessibility and affordability. 'Big Data' is the guaranteed result. How will the typical scramble for ownership, control and use of such data be regulated?

According to PwC, Nigeria's 16.1% CAGR in internet revenue will be the fastest in the world in the period 2016 – 2020. While most of that growth is projected to be powered by mobile access, government policy is directed at boosting overall access, including through fixed broadband. The Federal Government's Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017 – 2020 (ERGP) aims to increase the number of internet users from 47% to 75%, and mobile broadband subscription form 21% to 50% within the period of the plan. This is in tandem with the 8-Point Agenda of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) which is underlain by the ‘3 As’ principles of ‘availability’, ‘accessibility’ and ‘affordability’ of ICT service. The National Broadband Plan, for example, aims to increase broadband access by 30% between 2013 and 2018.

The aggregate effect of these market and policy trends is that Nigeria will enter into the world of ‘Big Data’ as humongous electronic trails are generated from growth in the number of users and diversity of use, including on:
• The information that Nigerian consume online (online media)
• The products/services they purchase (e-commerce)
• How they pay for such products/services (e-payment); and
• By the by, how they use those products (Internet of Things).

Information thus available for use is also susceptible to abuse. Through proper mining and analytics, information is a useful resource for guiding government in policy-making and corporates in strategy and marketing. Yet, constituted in such data is information on the actions and behaviour of individuals (and thus a subject of privacy concern) as well as the proprietary and confidential information of companies (often embodying trade secret).

This panel session will bring together policymakers and regulators, industry operators in ICT infrastructure, content development and transactions to discuss the questions Is Nigeria ready for the 'Big Data Scramble'? How should we balance the divergent interests in the regulation of data gathering, ownership, control and use?

Wednesday February 26, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm WAT
NXT / Tech Stage