Cybercrime Policy to be Launched on Friday
The much anticipated Cybercrime Policy will be launched on Friday at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby. This was announced by the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Jimmy Miringtoro, on Monday.
Miringtoro said the launched would be followed by a nationwide public awareness and consultation before it is passed in parliament in February of next year. Initially, the policy was supposed to go before parliament in November this year. He also announced progress in the bid to have SIM cards registered.
He said the certificate of compliance for the SIM card registration regulation will soon be issued by the Office of the Legislative Council (OLC) before being signed by the Governor General (GG) and gazetted.
The minister said both initiatives are important to curb as well as protect the country’s unique culture. He said the Cybercrime Policy was a priority because of the increased comments relating to it in social media.
He further added that there were some people using ICT to ‘create negative impact on society.’
The Cybercrime initiative has been shrouded with controversy and has been a hot topic of discussion on social media with internet users believing it could be used by the current government as a censorship tool to police activity on social media.
Meanwhile, Charles Punaha has been reappointed as the National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) CEO and the appointments of John Cholai, and reappointment of Bob Horton on the NICTA board.