Speaking at the Freedom Online Conference held in Accra earlier this Thursday, communications minister Ursula Owusu stated that the ministry will be forced to regulate the activities on the internet if people in the country are unable to heed to ethics of its use especially respect for online privacy.
She stated, “In certain countries there’s been calls for social media to be shut down because of its abuse but like I indicated in my speech, I don’t think that’s an option. However, we need to promote more responsible use of the internet to secure the privacy of all citizens online – children, the vulnerable – and to ensure that we do not overstep those bounds. If we don’t self-regulate the state will be compelled to set in place the mechanisms to regulate our usage of the internet.”
The conference sought to discuss ways to improve internet access and ensure online security. The communications minister also outlined measures that are being put in place to widen internet access across Ghana.
Ursula Owusu stressed that the rate at which social media and other internet spaces are abused were at an alarming rate.