Ghana Appointed To Serve On Global Internet Forum To Counter-Terrorism

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Ghana has been nominated as a member of the Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFTC).

This appointment is due to Ghana’s political dedication and human right-centric approach to improving cybersecurity as well as its active participation at the regional and international level to enhance responsible use of the internet.

The GIFCT was set up in July 2017 by a group of companies committed to disrupting terrorists’ abuse and misuse of member platforms.

The actual Forum was led by a rotating chair drawn from the four founding companies — Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube.

The IAC is part of the GIFCT and will serve as a consultative body committed to maximizing the effectiveness of the GIFCT and creating engagements among government, civil society, and industry.

The IAC is comprised of government representatives, technical experts, civil society leaders, advocacy groups, human rights specialists and researchers.

IAC members are chosen by GIFCT’s Operating Board, consisted of GIFCT’s four founding member companies: Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube.

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Some of the countries serving on the IAC alongside Ghana consists of Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, the current head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), will represent Ghana on the Committee. The NCSC was instituted in 2018 under the Ministry of Communications to coordinate cybersecurity response in government and the private sector.

 

Within the last three years, the Ministry of Communications under the leadership of Hon Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the sector Minister, through the NCSC, has improved significantly Ghana’s international cooperation efforts in the combat against cybercrime.

In December 2018, Ghana formally agreed to the Convention on Cybercrime, also known as the Budapest Convention and ratified the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection, known as the Malabo Convention, becoming the 5th country on the continent to ratify the treaty.

In 2019, Ghana chaired the Freedom Online Coalition, an inter-governmental body which enhances digital rights and during this period, the Government of Ghana partnered with the German Government to draft a Digital Inclusion Statement which has been adopted by all FOC members.

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The Ministry of Communications has also been actively involved in the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), whose activities are focused on improving international response to cybercrimes.

In view of these developments, and our work to promoting Cybersecurity in Ghana by reviewing the legal and regulatory framework, public education and sensitization, setting up a network of Computer Emergency Response Teams in various sectors, and capacity building for all actors in this ecosystem among others, the ECOWAS Commission has requested that Ghana lead cybersecurity efforts in the Sub-Region.

Ghana’s membership of the Independent Advisory Committee of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism is further recognition of our leadership role in promoting cybersecurity in the world.

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