PNG engaged in cybercrime talks

Participants included the UN General Assembly and multi-stakeholders from around the world. These are non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector, as ICT issues are not the sole domain of governments.

This international effort aims to create a comprehensive legal framework for combating cybercrime, a growing threat with significant implications for PNG’s development and national security.

Cybercrime training

The US Homeland Security Investigations conducted a one week training for 26 security officers recently.

A first of its kind training providing an in-depth level of understanding the use of technology, and tracing illegal activities in the cyberspace through social media and the internet.

With the rise in cybercrime in the country, in-depth tactics on how to use technology and deal with cybercrime is key and this was highlighted during the training.

Assistant Commissioner of Police for Crimes, Hodges Ette said this is a first of its kind training. 

Pacific police trained to counter cyber threats

Under the banner of CSP, the AFP, through the Pacific Police Development Program – Regional (PPDP-R), has provided essential training and education programs.

The focus has been on enabling Pacific police to navigate the digital landscape safely and effectively. The program consists of two core foundation courses: Cyber Safety Awareness and Education Community Trainer, and Cybercrime Investigations.

Partnership forged to Prevent Indecent Online Material

The MoA, will particularly focus on preventing the circulation of indecent online material within the country via DataCo's digital infrastructure, specifically the National Transmission Network (NTN).

As the operator of the digital infrastructure, DataCo has control and rights over key telecommunication digital infrastructure, including international cables and internet gateways for the passage and transit of information to PNG from outside of PNG and from the cyber world as well as within PNG.

Combatting cybercrime in PNG

According to the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Cybercrime Code Act 2016, the following are the four categories of activities that constitute cybercrimes in the country.

Find New Ways Of Obtaining Cybercrime Evidence

Magistrate Paul Nii said the evidence is insufficient to commit John Simon Amaiu for the three counts of defamatory publication allegations under the Cyber Crime Code Act.

“I have come to a conclusion that the defendant is not accurately identified to be the person who is linked to the two Facebook accounts of Harry Saa and Sauwan Parange and the telephone number”.

Cybercrime may worry world leaders to PNG

The man in charge of National Information and Communication Technology Authority said more work is needed to make the Cybercrime Act easy to be implemented.   

 Parliament in 2016 passed the legislation.

Punaha said, NICTA has been working with relevant law enforcement agencies, courts and also the Australia Federal Police to understand the role each agencies will play to implement the Act.   

He also appealed to Internet Service Providers to be part of the working committee.

PNG IXP to complement new cybercrime law

The IXP is a physical location where internet service providers (ISPs) connect to exchange local data traffic with each other via a network switch.

It addresses the issue of high retail internet costs and the quality of service in PNG.

Koni says PNG is moving in the right direction with the new legislation and with the recently launched IXP facility.

The Cybercrime Code Bill 2016 was passed by Parliament on 11 August 2016 and lays the foundation for the investigation and prosecution of offences committed using electronic systems and devices.

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