IEEE, in cooperation with IST-Africa, hosted the IEEE Experts in Technology and Policy (ETAP) Forum focused on internet governance, cybersecurity, privacy and internet inclusion issues and opportunities across the African continent. The 30 May event in Windhoek, Namibia, was IEEE’s first ETAP Forum in Africa and took place as the pre-conference event to the IST-Africa 2017 Conference, the twelfth in an annual series bringing together senior representatives from leading public, private, education and research organizations, to discuss ICT policy, showcase research results and share knowledge.
As well as sharing experiences and good practices, IEEE ETAP Forum participants discussed issues, barriers and opportunities associated with achieving a safe, secure, trusted, affordable internet for all. This objective was a key enabler of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn more in the event backgrounder about the conference theme: Combatting cybercrime while advancing internet inclusion for all.
Mr. Nhlanhla Lupahla, Deputy Director of Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation in the Republic of Namibia, delivers his welcome remarks to the ETAP Forum attendees on May 30th, 2017 at the Safari Hotel Conference Centre.
Research Professor at the Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Johannesburg in Johannesburg, South Africa, Basie von Solms presents the direct correlation of the increase in mobile phone usage with the increase of cyber-related crimes and the highest priority objectives.
Internet Governance and Cybersecurity in Namibia: Elizabeth Kamutuezu - ETAP Forum Namibia, Africa 2017
Ms. Elizabeth Ujarura Kamutuezu, Deputy Director of IPRM at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Namibia, shares a brief background on the history of Namibia then delves into the country’s Internet usage and highlights the ICT framework.
Cybersecurity and Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance - The AU Convention on Cybersecurity: Towela Nyirenda-Jere - ETAP Forum Namibia, Africa 2017
Dr. Towela Nyirenda-Jere, Principal Programme Officer of the NEPAD Agency in South Africa, discusses how the African Union (AU) convention on cybersecurity got started, from the perspective of multi-stakeholder Internet governance.
Implementation of a Framework to Support Cybersecurity and Internet Governance in Cameroon: Njei Check - ETAP Forum Namibia, Africa 2017
Mr. Njei Check, of the Agence Nationale des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication in Cameroon, gives a snapshot of cybersecurity in Cameroon, such as common threats and deployed security solutions.
Following their presentations, panelists Basie von Solms, Elizabeth Kamutuezu, Towela Nyirenda-Jere and Njei Check answer questions from the ETAP Forum attendees, discussing the current state of cybersecurity, cybercrime and Internet usage both in Namibia and the African continent.
IEEE Internet Initiative - Mission and Goals; Review of Previous ETAP Forums; Goals for ETAP Namibia: Maike Luiken - ETAP Forum Namibia, Africa 2017
Dr. Maike Luiken, the Vice-Chair of Policy Track for the IEEE Internet Initiative, briefly reviews statistics about the IEEE and explains the mission and goals of its Internet Initiative. Dr. Luiken then runs down the short history of previous ETAP forums and speaks about the goals for the Namibia forum.
Dr. Maike Luiken, the Vice-Chair of Policy Track for the IEEE Internet Initiative, moderates the ETAP attendee introductions and voting occurs to determine the highest priority working group topics. Each participant gives their name, affiliation and states which of the twelve topics has their vote.
Working group presenters summarize the chosen topic discussions on: Public awareness and education on Internet safety and cybercrime, Combatting cybercrime while maximizing Internet inclusion for all, National Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) development, Trends in cyberattack and cybercrime, and Data protection, privacy and resilience in the era of IoT.
Dr. Maike Luiken, Vice-Chair of Policy Track for the IEEE Internet Initiative, closes the ETAP Namibia Forum with a brief summary of the experience and key takeaways that resulted in the day-long collaboration.