IGF.CM - 17 highlights Internet security as key element in online transactions

01 July 2017
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Cameroon's Internet stakeholders - the government, civil society, academia and technical community are currently debating on an equal footing policy issues patterning to Internet governance in the country. The dialogue under the banner "Social Media and Internet Governance" is taking place within the framework of the fifth edition of the national Internet Governance Forum, dubbed IGF.CM-17.  Cameroon's ICT promoter - the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies, ANTIC, in partnership with other Internet stakeholders convened the forum that runs from 28 - 30 June, 2017 in Kribi.


The over 300 participants at the forum will for three days running, address six related themes while maintaining a focus on the development dimension of the Internet. The themes concerned are: access and digital economy, management of critical Internet resources, Internet as an enabler of socio-economic development, cloud computing and big data, building trust and digital confidence in online transactions, personal data protection and finally legal and regulatory framework to help create an enabling environment to boost investment in the sector.

While highlighting that "security issues could erode the confidence and trust that users need in order to do business on the Internet," ANTIC's Director General, Dr. Ebot Ebot Enaw, in a Keynote address at the opening ceremony, Wednesday June 28, enjoined the forum stakeholders to profoundly "examine issues related to Internet security given that it is a key element in building confidence and trust among users of ICTs."


     Participants are also expected to come out with a dependable blueprint on the approach to stall the increasing wave of crimes and challenges impeding Internet users from benefiting fully from the astounding advantages the Internet offers, the Sub Divisional Officer for Kribi I, Mr. Foe Ndono, entreated in his opening speech.


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