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Internet code: NCC sets Feb 9 deadline for inputs



Internet code: NCC sets Feb 9 deadline for inputs

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has set February 9 as deadline during which it must have received any comments and inputs into Stakeholder Consultation for Establishment of an Internet Industry Code of Practice.
The Code is a framework being developed by the Commission on Internet Industry Code of Practice.
“As part of its Internet Governance functions, the Nigerian Communications Commission seeks input from stakeholders in the development of a code of practice in support of an open internet,” the Comission said.
It said it favours a multi-stakeholder model of engagement in the process of policy development for Internet Governance.
According to NCC, the proposed Code of Practice seeks, among other things, to protect the rights and interests of Internet Service Providers and consumers; provide jointly agreed and effective solutions to the issues of discriminatory traffic management practices and ensure adequate safeguards are put in place by service providers against abuses such as unsolicited messages.
The code will also outline the obligations of service providers in relation to offensive and potentially harmful content for minors and vulnerable audiences; promote the safe, secure and responsible use of Internet Services with due regard to provisions in existing legal instruments and establish best practices for Internet Governance in Nigeria, in line with emerging issues and global trends.
Other such objectives of the code is to provide transparent rules for the assessment and classification of Internet content; increase stakeholder satisfaction through improved consumer experience online and extensive consultation of stakeholders is crucial to the success of this exercise. The Commission said it expected to get quality inputs and comments from such stakeholders in the industry including all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Nigeria; relevant associations in the industry such as Internet Service providers Association of Nigeria (ISPAN), Computer professional registration Council of Nigeria (CPN).
Association Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Association Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), GSM Association, the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS), and Nigerian Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) are also expected to fortify the Commission with necessary inputs an useful comments.
Not only these, the NCC said the government Ministries, Agencies, and Departments (MDA), the NCC, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ministry of Communication Technology and the likes are also expected to make useful inputs.
Security agencies such as the police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Office of National security Adviser (NSA) as well as interested multinationals such as Facebook, Microsoft and Oracle are also ex

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