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Promoting a Safer Internet


February 12, 2020

Port Moresby: Various stakeholders gathered last Tuesday to observe the Safer Internet Day at the Catholic Bishops Conference, Waigani. 


The occasion was organized by PNG Computer Society together with Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC) and National ICT Authority of PNG (NICTA) with the intent to promote a safer internet through awareness in the country.


Representatives from NICTA, Conference (CBC), Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC), Australian Federal Police (AFP) in support of Cyber Safety Pasifika  and a few others attended.


Representing the AFP, Detective Superintendent, Julian Bianco said that his team have been conducting trainings for the Papua New Guinean police officers to detect and effectively investigate cybercrime.


“Prevention is better than cure and the way to educate society, particularly children on the dangers of the internet is through raising awareness,” he stated. 


Principal Consumer Analyst for NICTA, Andiranga Paru Nongkas, said that there is a Safer Internet Day Committee in place and there are awareness activities that NICTA executes to campaign for safe internet use. 


“The PNGSID initiative became active in 2005, by 2009 the Safer Internet Day awareness extended nationwide causing stakeholders in PNG to consider online safety a serious issue,” she said.


She added, “SID as founded by European Commission to promote the use of digital technology, particularly among children and young people. The aim of the campaign is to teach young users to act responsibly when going online.”


The program on Safer Internet Day was based on the theme ‘Together for a better Internet’.

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