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Ghana strengthening mechanisms to protect rights of people online – Communications Minister

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Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful says access to the internet, has become an important tool for development and a right of citizens.

This is why government is extending internet connectivity to all parts of the country, to boost business activities and also to enhance interaction among people.

Mrs Ekuful was speaking at the Freedom Online Conference in Accra. It seeks to achieve a common vision for internet freedom and protect the rights of persons online.

Image may contain: textThe Freedom Online Coalition was founded in 2011 as an inter-governmental body of thirty-one countries working together to support internet freedom and security.

Participants will share relevant information and develop strategies towards human rights-based internet.

The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, said Ghana is strengthening mechanisms to protect the rights of people within the physical world and the cyberspace.

Mrs Ekuful called for the responsible use of the internet to ensure the security of users and not infringing on their rights.

She warned against the dissemination of fake news on all online platforms as Ghanaians prepare to go to the polls in December.

She said there are enoungh laws to deal with cybercrime and other negative use of the internet.

National Cyber Security Adviser, Dr. Albert Antwi Boasiako said the internet provides vast opportunities which should be tapped to accelerate development.

He said Ghana as a member of the Freedom Online Coalition has consistently been ranked high in its cyberspace security strategy policies.

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