Internet in Ghana not controlled – Minister

Dr Edward Omane Boamah, the Minister of Communications has said government does not control the internet in Ghana. This he said is because government is respecting all principles governing the operation of the internet and it is supporting the “Internet Communities to actively participate in discussion relating to the “security” of the internet. Dr Edward Omane Boamah explained that, internet governance should be based on an inclusive, transparent and accountable multi-stakeholder model. He observed that the Internet Registry was undergoing re-delegation process with the involvement of stakeholders.

The Communication Minister made this known in a keynote address read on his behalf by Mr Issah Yahaya, the Chief Director of the Ministry, at the Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA) stewardship transition and enhancing Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) accountability stakeholder meeting in Accra. The meeting was organised by the Ghana Chapter of the Internet Society, in collaboration with the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Advanced IT Institute – Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in IT (AITI-KACE) and the Ghana ISP Association (GISPA).

Dr Omane Boamah cited the United States, where stakeholders are expected to decide on what to do with its links with ICANN by September 2015, declaring that, the internet according to the proponents should remain a single, open, free, un-fragmented network of networks, subject to the same laws and norms that apply in other areas of day-to-day life. “The European Union proposes a “genuine multi-stakeholder’ model as a way to address the risk of policy capture in Internet Governance (IG). It has become a real risk in IG bodies, that entities with financial and organizational strength can easily dominate policy discussions,” he said.

He said the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-GH) frame had been activated and it was operational with a Child Online Protection portal. “Cyber security is of global concern and every effort is being made with global collaboration for public awareness and accountability,” he stated. The Minister noted that the Technical Internet Community in Ghana was challenged to be more involved in the creation of standards (IETF) and participate in other key global technical issues.

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