Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) boss Godfrey Mutabazi has called for the harmonisation of regulations in the converged or cross-border content especially on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Speaking this week at International Regulators’ Forum (IRF) held at Federal Communication Commission headquarters in Washington, find http://concursofotografia.orihuela.es/wp-includes/post.php U.S., website Mutabazi expressed concern that problematic content originating from areas beyond any country’s jurisdiction continues to appear on the citizens’ internet users’ devices.
“OTT (over-the-top content) and other broadcast content on the internet accepted as international must have guidelines out of international treaties and collaboration in order to protect the vulnerable community such as children,” said Mutabazi.
OTT refers to delivery of audio, video, and other media over the Internet without the involvement of a multiple-system operator in the control or distribution of the content.
Mutabazi emphasised that failure to put in place adequate controls over content on the internet would fuel cyber crimes including terrorism.
According to research by the Collaboration on International ICT policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA 2014), the increased Internet penetration and Tele-density in the East African region, access to the social network sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter has been made easy and thus the population can now actively influence service delivery, policies and even management of public goods.
However, as per the Uganda Police Annual Crime and Road Safety Report of 2012, a total of 62 cases were reported and investigated in which about Shs 1.5bn was lost through hacking victims’ mails among other means.
Cyber-crimes include Electronic frauds, Phishing (password harvesting), Email hacking, pornography/defamation, offensive communication, mobile money frauds, SIM Card swapping and ATM/VISA frauds among others.
Solely for senior statutory regulators in the communications, media and technology industries, the International Regulators’ Forum (IRF) convenes annually as part of the Communications Policy and Regulation Week and regionally at other times in the year.
Officials say the event enables the collegiate debate and exchange of ideas, bringing together leading thinkers and decision makers from regulatory bodies to collaborate on how to regulate technology to drive their economic, health and education agendas.
Participants are discussing the increasing blurring of lines between competition policy and regulation with a focus on particular issues, including the increasing move towards consolidation in the communications sector.
With content available over many platforms and so many channels of distribution, participants are brainstorming on mechanisms required to protect the consumer and the citizen from certain types of material.
The high profile event was graced by Chris Chapman, Chairman, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA); Eliza Lee – Director-General Of Communications, Office Of The Communications Authority (Ofca) in Hong Kong; and Göran Marby Director General, Swedish Post And Telecom Authority (Pts) among others.
East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) on Tuesday swore in two new Members as the 2nd Meeting of the 4th Session of the 3rd Assembly commenced.
The Assembly administered the Oath of Allegiance of the EAC Treaty to the re-appointed Minister for EAC Affairs in the Republic of Burundi, dosage http://cctvcameraz.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/aioseop_bad_robots.php Hon Leontine Nzeyimana as an ex-officio Member of the House and Hon Dr. Francois Xavier Kalinda, buy http://christiansforve.org.au/wp-content/themes/hemingway-child/sidebar-home-right.php the new Member from Rwanda.
The two were sworn in by the Clerk of EALA, Kenneth Madete before the EALA Speaker, Rt. Hon Daniel F. Kidega.
Both legislators took the oath in accordance with Rule 5 (4) of the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly.
“The Rules of Procedure say in part that No Member can sit or participate in the proceedings of the House until the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to the Treaty is taken,” the assembly disclosed.
Rule 5(5) specifically states that when a Member first attends to take his or her seat other than at the first sitting of a new House, he or she shall be brought to the table by two Members and presented by them to the Speaker who shall then administer the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance.
According to EALA, Hon Nzeyimana who was recently re-appointed Minister for EAC by President Pierre Nkurunziza following the elections in Republic of Burundi, was ushered into the House by Hon Emerence Bucumi and Hon Isabelle Ndahayo.
She previously served in the same position.
Hon Dr Francois Xavier Kalinda was escorted in by Hon Valerie Nyirahabineza and Hon Dr. Odette Nyiramilimo.
Hon Dr Kalinda was elected by the Parliament of Rwanda to EALA on September 15, 2015, replacing Hon Celestine Kabahizi who tendered in his resignation from the Assembly in June 2015.
The Legislator garnered 79 votes to beat his rival Pelagie Uwera, who got 12 votes, out of 91 lawmakers of both chambers of Parliament.Dr Kalinda assured Parliament that he would diligently take his expertise to EALA and work with colleagues in a bid to find solutions to the region’s problems.
Prior to his election, Hon Dr. Kalinda was the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Rwanda.
Hon Dr. Kalinda 53, holds a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Business Law obtained from the University of Strasbourg, France, in 2010.