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Internet filtering revised to address all online crimes in PNG

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INITIALLY when the Censorship Office first introduced the concept of Internet Content Filtering System last year, they were only concentrating on minimizing the access of illicit materials online.

These illicit materials include online pornography and online child-sex exploitation.

Recently, as part of their consultation work, they revised the concept to include other crimes committed online using technology after various enforcement agencies began showing interest and support for the concept.

These government agencies include the Department of Communications and Information, National Information & Communications Technology Authority (NICTA), National Security Advisory Council, Police, PNG Customs and Department of Justice and Attorney General.

The system can also be used to monitor cyber crimes such money laundering using the internet, human and drug trafficking activities, scams and identity theft.

In simpler terms, internet filtering is can be defined as the blocking of content coming into or going out to the internet.

Office of Censorship principal advisor (mass media) Robroy Chiki who was put in charge of research work into the concept said interest began to grow after a presentation at a workshop last year.

“We were concentrating on minimising access of illicit materials.

“However, now that Communications Department, NICTA with their Cybercrime legislation, National Security Advisory Council, Police, PNG Customs and Department of Justice and Attorney General has shown interest, we have decided to revise the concept. Post Courier