Protest looms in demand for passage of cybersecurity law

By Lincoln G. Peters

Dozens of netizens have unanimously agreed to stage a peaceful protest at the Legislative Assembly to demand clarification on the delay in passing the cybersecurity law introduced in 2016.

The group planning the protest recently participated in a three-week training at the Liberia Internet Society School of Governance.

Cyber ​​laws are the laws that provide legal protection to internet users against a multitude of complexities and legal issues that arise from time to time.

The ever-expanding cyberspace has further given way to the specialized branch of law known as cyberlaws, which offers cyber protection to every industry and organization.

According to the group of young Liberians and IT specialists, it is very regrettable that the legislature and policy makers are slow to pass relevant documents like the cybersecurity law.

They said the instrument is meant to protect the country and every internet user from cybercrime.

“We will have to march again to the Legislative Assembly to find out the status of the cybersecurity law that we have drafted with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications,” the group said.

“We need to pass this law so that we can be protected online and also create more jobs for Liberians in the ICT sector. We will not rest until this law is passed because it is a freedom that will make Internet cybersecurity hackers responsible for everything [they] do us,” they noted.

The Internet Society Liberia Chapter over the weekend culminated the third edition of the Liberia School of Internet Governance (LSIG).

The theme of the program was “Connecting People and Protecting Human Rights in Liberia”.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the training in Monrovia, Mr. Matthew Roberts, President of the Liberia Chapter of the Internet Society, said passage of the cybersecurity law is essential.

He said he aimed to create more job opportunities for Liberians and protect the country in the digital space.

According to Roberts, the law, once passed, will protect people from hacking because if someone is caught, they can be prosecuted and imprisoned.

“People are not responsible for their actions [nor] prosecuted under our law for cyber crimes because we have no law,” he noted.

He warned that Liberia is vulnerable in the digital space as there is no law to protect the rights of citizens and internet users in the country.

“We have human trafficking that is done through the internet, data protection, hacking and other sensitive things that this law will protect,” he added.

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