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Papua New Guinea Cybersecurity Laws – A Chance for Anonymous People to Come out of the Shadows and be Honest

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill  has welcomed the passing of Papua New Guinea’s Cybercrime legislation that he said will protect the rights of people around the nation and strengthen public debate in the nation.
PM O’Neill said he is hearing positive comments suggesting that since the passing of the legislation there has been a shift in attitudes for a number of people on social media, which he said will help to enhance the way people use the Internet.

“The Internet offers such a new world of opportunity for our people,” the Prime Minister said.
“Through the Internet, our families in remote areas have access to information on healthcare and our farmers have access to information on weather and crop pests.
“The Internet also opens up many new opportunities to expand free speech and democratic debate.
“We have seen the extensive use of Facebook and other platforms so that people from around the nation can discuss matters of local and national importance.
“The Internet and social media gives a voice to millions who had trouble being heard in the past.
“At the same time, the Internet must be a place where human rights are respected and cowards cannot misuse technology to hurt people and incite violence.

“I welcome the good work of our Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Jimmy Miringtoro, and his office in delivering this important legislation.
“It is only people who break laws, incite violence, and who bully or slander who have to be concerned that their actions will see them become the subject of a criminal investigation.
“I dismiss the claims raised by individuals who hide behind fake online names by night, but by day pretend to be neutral in their jobs.
“There are even a few individuals at some mainstream media who fit into this category and it is in their own interest to show courage and declare their political allegiances.
“Indeed I call on all people who hide behind fake names and hidden profiles to come forward and present your views under your real names.

“If you feel so strongly about your views we have an election coming up in a matter of months and that is your chance to seek real public endorsement for your views.
“I hope that the Internet opens up new channels of debate in the 2017 than have ever been experienced in elections in the past, and help people to have more information when they vote.
“Papua New Guinea has proven to be a great success story of modern democracy, and we will embrace the opportunity for ongoing debate and discussion through the Internet.”

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