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Build human capacity to globalise internet – Prof Nii Quaynor

By: Daniel Ofosu Dwamena
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Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor (left) in a handshake with Mr Markus S. K. Adomey
Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor (left) in a handshake with Mr Markus S. K. Adomey

The Board Chairman of the Internet Society Ghana Chamber (ISOC), Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor, has cautioned internet providers and other stakeholders on the risks in overconcentrating on the cyber world to the neglect of human capacity building.

He said it was unreal for the Internet to thrive on cyber connectivity alone without a comprehensive development and education to build human capacity on the use of the Internet.

With over 10.1 million users of the Internet in the country as of 2017, an increment of about 300 per cent from the year 2000, Prof. Quaynor said it had become important for the Internet masters to place much attention on the teaming number of internet users in the country.

He said that at the induction ceremony of the newly elected executive members of the ISOC in Accra on March 2.

Prof. Quaynor added that another challenge that would affect the globalisation of the Internet was state jurisdiction which comes with global sovereignty.

“Internet is very concurrent with globalisation and globalisation means that jurisdiction will change. When the concept of sovereignty becomes more regionalised, states decide to focus more on sovereignty which weakens the desire to improve the other engine that drives it,” he explained.

He, therefore, called on the government and other stakeholders in the Internet business to pay much attention to the Internet to smoothen global aging.

ISOC executives
Mr Markus S. K. Adomey was re-elected as the president of ISOC to serve a two-year renewable turner of office from 2018 to 2020. He would be assisted by Mrs Vera Akumiah as the vice president and Mr Acquah Amaning as the general secretary.

Other executive members who were inducted included the financial controller, communication and programmes, teaching and project, as well as membership chairs respectively.

ISOC projects
The President of the chamber, Mr Adomey, who is also a lecturer at the University of Professional Studies, said the chamber was going to liaise with the government to revive the annual Ghana Internet Forum (GIF).

The forum, he said, would provide basic understanding of cyber security and threat issues to the law enforcement agencies so that the agencies could interact with victims of cyber fraud and encourage trust in internet providers. 

He added that the chamber would partner with the various media groups to create awareness of cyber security.

That, he said, would be done through periodic organisation of hands-on training on internet architecture and services to the media houses for better understanding of the technical aspects of the Internet.

Commenting on the key project the chamber would be undertaking this year, the President said the chamber was going to develop a comprehensive basic school management system, “an open source database which will connect all the basic schools in the country.”

“This vision will help the chapter to take the Internet to the less privileged communities, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) and industries through the introduction of capacity building programmes and internet technology to increase their visibility,” he explained.

He indicated that the participation of Africans in the standard and protocol of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) was paramount to the chamber and added that the chamber would strengthen and create more caucuses to promote not only technical training but also improve the human capacity which would in turn develop proper internet standards and protocols.