Tech, bam­boo and pri­vacy tops panel dis­cus­sion Ron­ald Singh

Fiji Sun - - NATION - JENNIS NAIDU Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: jennis.naidu@fi­jisun.com.fj

Tech­nol­ogy means shar­ing of data, data is stored in data banks. The way banks pro­tect your money, there should be rules and reg­u­la­tions pro­tect­ing data.

This is what the fi­nal pan­elist of the fourth episode of Re­set Fiji brought to dis­cus­sion.

A lawyer with Munro Leys, Ron­ald Singh, says that tech­nol­ogy is here, and peo­ple need to ac­cept it, but what is im­por­tant is pro­tect­ing your pri­vacy.

The fourth episode of Re­set Fiji, ti­tled In­no­va­tions and Tech­nol­ogy was aired on MaiTV on July 2, 2020.

“Tech­nol­ogy is here, we have to ac­cept it, but it is all about pro­tect­ing your pri­vacy,” Mr Singh said.

“If we treat data as a goal, then the way the banks are pro­tect­ing your money, these data banks should be pro­tect­ing your in­for­ma­tion.

There has to be rules and reg­u­la­tions as the mon­e­tary banks are reg­u­lated.

Mr Singh said out of the 656 pieces of leg­is­la­tion that had been passed since 2006, there hadn’t been one that pro­tects per­sonal in­for­ma­tion.

“When you talk about the careFIJI app, the data col­lec­tion, you have to en­sure that there are spe­cific pro­vi­sions, spe­cific leg­is­la­tions in line to pro­tect this in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

“You would be sur­prised to know that since 2006, there have been 656 pieces of leg­is­la­tion that have been passed, and not one of them is specif­i­cally on the pro­vi­sion of pro­tect­ing your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion.

Masi La­tia­nara

The di­rec­tor of Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity be­lieves that Fiji needs to im­ple­ment guide­lines for con­struct­ing with bam­boos into the build­ing code.

Masi La­tia­nara, who has worked in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try for 35 years, said that Fiji had the per­fect cli­ma­tol­ogy, ge­ol­ogy for grow­ing bam­boo for build­ing cli­mate-re­silient houses.

An ar­chi­tect, Mr La­tia­nara said that bam­boos only took five years to har­vest while the har­vest­ing pe­riod for tim­ber was min­i­mum 30 years.

“You can har­vest bam­boo af­ter five years for con­struc­tion whereas tim­ber takes min­i­mum 30 years to har­vest.

“If you cut the tree, you have to start again from the seedling, but with bam­boo, you can keep har­vest­ing, af­ter five years from the same plant,” he said.

He said with 34 per cent pop­u­la­tion be­low the poverty line, fam­i­lies with a com­bined house­hold in­come of $20,000 will not be able to build a re­silient house.

“These fam­i­lies, with the cur­rent build­ing costs and ma­te­ri­als, will never be able to build a re­silient house so we need to look at a cou­ple of is­sues.

“The first is­sue, we need to look at al­ter­na­tive tech­nolo­gies to build houses,” Mr La­tia­nara said.

Ken­neth Kata­fono

Tech­nol­ogy tal­ent and ca­pac­ity in Fiji needs to be de­vel­oped to find so­lu­tions to prob­lems in our na­tion.

While speak­ing at the episode, the founder of TraSe­able So­lu­tions, Ken­neth Kata­fono, said that fish­eries and agri­cul­ture were amongst the big­gest sec­tors in the Pa­cific and need in­no­va­tion.

TraSe­able So­lu­tions is a dig­i­tal tech com­pany founded by him and his wife, Shauna in 2017.

The other panelists that fea­tured in this episode of Re­set Fiji- A Peo­ple’s Post-COVID-19 di­a­logue se­ries were ACTON founder and di­rec­tor, Mukesh Lod­hia and the prin­ci­pal ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer for the Min­istry of iTaukei Af­fairs, Simione Se­vu­dredre.

The next episode will fea­ture renowned panelists from the tourism in­dus­try.

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