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Gov’t to regulate cyberspace for children protection


Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has hinted that the federal government is getting ready legislation to secure and sanitise the cyberspace from criminal functions and abuses.

She indicated that the new safeguard measure is aimed at protecting small children from cybercrime.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful disclosed this at the second National Ladies in ICT Day which climaxed on Monday in Takoradi on the concept ‘Expanding horizons, switching attitudes.”

Attended by 650 JHS girls from 9 districts of the Western Area, the function coordinated by the Ministry of Communications in collaboration with Ghana Investment decision Fund For Digital Communications  (GIFEC) and supports from the Global Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Western Regional Coordinating Council (WRCC),  provided   two-week  ICT training  and   mentorship for  the  participants.

Sixty college students who performed very well through the occasion, been given laptop personal computers donated by MTN Ghana although the first  10 most effective also received net modems with a no cost one particular-12 months details bundle.

Central Region will host the upcoming event in December.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful declared: “Government is introducing a Cybersecurity Monthly bill with provisions on Child On the web Security (COP), to make sure that offenders of revenge pornography( that is acts of distributing sexually specific visuals or video clips with out the consent of events) will be prosecuted. The Countrywide Cyber Safety Centre is at this time examining the framework on COP and this includes a in depth implementation roadmap aimed at defending our kids on the web.”

She included that, the  ministry would in the subsequent months also launch a cybercrime/security incident reporting  level of contacts to  provide channels together with on the net portals, hotlines, SMS line and a focused apps, incorporating that the  Ghana Law enforcement Provider together  with telecommunication market and the Web Check out Basis, would also  ensure  the  proper dealing with of crime committed  on the web.

She spoke about the crucial purpose ICT could play in acquiring the Sustainable Enhancement Goals  (SDGs)  by 2030 and also eradicating poverty, but, noted that this could not be attained if the non-inclusion of women and ladies in the sector was not addressed.

Mrs  Owusu-Ekuful argued that 1 way to lessen the disparities  in the ICT entire world was to minimize the misconceptions  including the views that ICT needs arithmetic techniques and that  people  in the sector did not have social existence, incorporating “don’t let  anybody set you down and say you are a female, you can do it if you stay  focused and labored tricky.”

A  Deputy Minister for Schooling,  Gifty Twum Ampofo, who noted that ICT played an significant purpose in the daily life of culture like industrialisation, agriculture and even intercontinental travels, considered that Africa essential to defeat the challenges in ICT, primarily in the 21st century.

“Do not let everyone inform you  ICT is a study for boys. I urge you never ever to acquire NO for an respond to. Numerous females have absent right before you and have succeeded in science, technological innovation and engineering subjects. Be influenced by their achievements.” she urged the women.

The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah,  for his  part, was content that girls were highly enthusiastic to pursue  professions in  ICT soon after listening to some feminine achievers in  the discipline,

“I will, as a result, personally ensure that this results in being a deliverable duty to be claimed annually by the assemblies and the Regional Director of Training. I strongly urged our feminine students to choose ICT serious in the educational endeavours simply because the planet is now in the electronic epoch.” he pledged.

The Omanhene of Essikado, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, who chaired the event, told the ladies to be important thinkers and use the world wide web to build their potential, incorporating that it was essential for females to get the charge, lead and establish the African culture, which has been ‘messed up’  by guys.

“With ladies mindful attempts, Ghana and Africa will not be the place it is nowadays. You need to rewrite the record of Africa, but, you can only do it if you have an expanded horizon. You have to have to publish your have tales by the web. Develop your personal cyber internet, but, be essential and inquire questions. Whoever controls your image controls your picture. The foreseeable future lies in the world-wide-web,” he explained.

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