Stop abusing the internet or we'll be forced to regulate it – Ursula Owusu threatens

Stop abusing the internet or we'll be forced to regulate it – Ursula Owusu threatens

- Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has stated that if citizens do not adhere to ethics of networking including privacy, the government would be forced to regulate activities that go on on the internet

- Mrs Owusu-Ekuful noted that the rate of abuse of social media and other spaces on the internet has become quite alarming

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The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has stated that if citizens do not adhere to ethics of networking including privacy, it would be forced to regulate activities that go on on the internet.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful noted that the rate of abuse of social media and other spaces on the internet was becoming quite alarming.

She made this known while speaking on the sidelines of the freedom online conference in Accra today, Thursday, 6 February 2020, which seeks to dialogue on ways to improve Internet access and ensure security online.

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She, however, noted how in certain countries, the internet is being regulated and threatened to do the same in Ghana if care is not taken.

“In certain countries there’s been calls for social media to be shut down because of its abuse but like I indicated in my speech, I don’t think that’s an option. However, we need to promote the more responsible use of the internet to secure the privacy of all citizens online – children, the vulnerable – and to ensure that we do not overstep those bounds.
“If we don’t self-regulate the state will be compelled to set in place the mechanisms to regulate our usage of the internet," she said.

“However, in crafting cybersecurity laws, we should also be mindful of individual liberties and freedoms so we strike that fine balance between all these competing needs in protecting the citizens, protecting the security of the state and ensuring that the internet is available for lawful use by all and not restricting its usage while protecting the vulnerable online.”

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In other news, two foreign nationals on Wednesday, February 5, 2019, reported at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital believed to have developed some symptoms suspected to be coronavirus.

The two patients, a Chinese national and an Argentine national who have been living together in the country for some days have been isolated at the facility.

According to a JoyNews report, their blood samples taken have been sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), for further analysis.

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