stakeholders and held at the Welcome Centre & Hotel, Airport road Lagos-Nigeria, as part of Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) Series, participants reiterated the essence of collaboration via Public Private Partnership (PPP) if the fight over cyber crimes must be won and in sequence with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), urged for government’s commitment and all stakeholders in the promotion of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), especially the Internet by adopting the Multi-Stakeholder
Approach (MAS) as being canvassed by the Internet Corporate for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).


The 2013 edition gathered once more stakeholders in ICT who x-rayed the challenges confronting the industry viz-a-viz cybercrime through paper presentations and group work. With the welcome address of the Executive Director of DSA, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, the Chairman’s opening
remarks by Dr. Chris Nwannenna, and presentations from notable speakers such as Mohammed Rudman, CEO, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), Tope Ogundipe, COO, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), Destiny Amana, Vice president, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Chukwuemeka Fred
Agbata, Jnr , Founder/CEO, CFAgbata.com , and Dr. Chris Uwaje, President, Institute of Software Professionals of Nigeria (ISON); the forum became very exciting and interactive as participants were eager to know more and ask relevant questions. The forum agreed that cybercrime does exist and has grown tremendously alongside the geometric growth of internet access. This large jump in access is due to an increase in mobile phone usage and data services, private sector and government investment in technology, and increased competition between service providers, active participation of GSM operators, expanded cybercafés in major cities across Nigeria and the introduction of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services. Though the increase has attracted lower tariffs for internet access, it was observed that the increase is more in the urban areas than in the rural areas.
With the frightening abuse of the internet (cybercrime) the forum, sort solutions to overcome this menace. While agreeing that cybercrime has come to stay and Nigeria ranks 3rd behind USA and UK in cybercrime; viewed as a den of cyber criminals, ICT still remains an important tool to
national development but is faced with the challenge of security. As such there is need for fair and firm Internet security regime in Nigeria.
Stakeholders were urged to:

1. Stay ahead of hackers in developing programmes to counter their activities as a major way out of the challenge.
2. Other solutions proffered at the forum include: Securing passwords with alpha-numerical characters and regular changing of the password.
3. Avoid as much as possible the use of cyber cafes and if it must be used, ensure that sensitive documents are not sent through the cafes.
4. The immediate replacement and report of lost modem is also a way of securing oneself from cybercrime.
5. People should be free to speak on the internet without fear of molestation and the Federal Government should evolve policies and laws that will protect the cyber space while allowing users free access and interaction on the internet.


Further, participants recognised that:
1. Internet access has to be in schools so that students can also contribute to national development. Moreover, there should be government input and relevant legislation to create employment opportunities.
2. The internet access is somewhat not too open because there are restrictions such can be seen while trying to buy items online. People are encouraged to have personal systems as this will encourage better protection of one’s documents, data and other valuable files online.
3. As good as the internet has presented itself; with tremendous growth in access since its introduction, the Nigerian situation has encountered a lot of setbacks including illiteracy, which remains an obstacle to access, with 28 per cent of the population illiterate, particularly in
English, the main language used by Nigerian online news outlets and blogs.
4. Frequent power cuts remain an impediment to internet access, with many users reportedly relying more than ever on private generating set to stay online during outages. While cybercafés continue to close due to difficulties paying for such expensive backup power generation and the growing popularity of access via mobile devices and data plans offered by FWA and GSM companies.
5. There is limited broadband service available in Nigeria, with latest statistics from the ITU placing the number of broadband subscribers at only 215,000 in 2011, amounting to a penetration rate of just 0.13 per cent.
6. Most ISPs seeking to enter the market have faced challenges in their operations due to competition from larger ISPs and investor focus on the mobile sector. Although the NCC’s nine-member board is nominated by the government, the regulator’s decisions are viewed as
relatively independent.
7. Unlike the growth recorded by GSM operators, ISPs (Internet Exchange points) and FWA providers have not had as much success, as more people now access the internet through mobile (GSM) phones.
8. Social media has changed how information is disseminated, and “citizens accessed information directly and more accurately, resulting in unsurpassed participation in politics during the 2011 elections.
9. Nigeria’s legal framework needs to reflect the use of new media technologies with regards to violation of user rights. This lack of internet-specific legislation has generally fostered an open environment for online activities. Much of the public accepts the need for some regulation of internet use in light of the unchecked cybercrime in the country and the costs it has imposed on Nigeria’s economy and global reputation.
10. Finally, there is the need for local e-content; one of the strengths of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as the Internet is the way they can help unlock distant expertise, knowledge and markets.

The Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum on Internet Governance for Development (NDSF-IG4D) 2013 was proudly supported by Omatek Plc, IXPN, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG), CFA.com; Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, and endorsed by Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); Business and TechnologyNews Publishes Foundation (BTPF), to name a few. The IG4D forum captivated over 600 participants, cutting across decision makers, regulators, government representatives, NGOs, technocrats, ISPs, major GSM/mobile operators, online entrepreneurs, students, market women/men and religious organisation and community-based organisation.


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