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It’s Critical Cyberspace Accessible, Says A-G

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says it is critical that cyberspace is accessible to all people. The A-G, who is also Minister for Communications, made the statement while delivering his keynote
25 Apr 2015 12:20
It’s Critical Cyberspace Accessible, Says A-G
The Attorney-General and Communications Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyuim (sitting middle), with other delegates at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisations Cybersecurity Forum in London.

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says it is critical that cyberspace is accessible to all people.

The A-G, who is also Minister for Communications, made the statement while delivering his keynote address at the 2015 Cybersecurity Forum in London.

The forum is organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation.

In ensuring access to cyberspace to all Fijians, he informed the forum of one of the FijiFirst Government’s initiatives.

He cited  the establishment of Government telecentres in schools around the country.  He said the Government provided the hardware, internet access and even provision of security guards so that  students and the surrounding community could have access to cyberspace.

“Cyberspace has been hailed as the great equaliser. However, it can be a disequaliser if access to this technology is not made available on a uniform basis,” he said

“Or conversely, if service providers do not deliver these services to isolated areas or smaller pockets of the population, then it will create a greater divide between the haves and have nots, pockets of  people will lag behind – cyberspace will then become the great disequaliser. It is therefore critical that we as societies and governments facilitate accessibility.”

The A-G also participated in a panel discussion on implementing cybersecurity strategies and the challenges it poses. The panel consisted of representatives from government, academia, civil society and the private sector.

He said a distinction must be drawn between cyberspace and cybersecurity.

In this context, he said that security from cyberspace meant security from defamation and breaches of privacy. Cybersecurity would include situations when people hacked into accounts or penetrate into programs for financial gain.
In this context he highlighted the need to have all social actors, including the private sector and non-governmental organisations to also take responsibility. He said that for developing countries such as Fiji, implementation of cybersecurity strategies were a work in progress and technical collaboration through bi-lateral and multi-lateral assistance was critical to build smart and strategic responses.

“Within this context, many developing countries need capacity building which can also be addressed through a regional approach given the limited resources and economies of scale,” he said.

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