The Mauritius Internet Governance Forum (Mauritius IGF), hosted by Halley Movement and the Internet Society has provided its response to the Mauritius ICTA Consultation Paper today. Below is a summary of our response.
The technical solution presented in the ‘Consultation Paper on proposed amendments to the ICT ACT for regulating the use and addressing the abuse and misuse of Social Media in Mauritius’ undermines encryption and the general security of the Mauritian Internet by adding a proxy that indiscriminately decrypts all traffic that is routed through it.
This type of encryption backdoor introduces vulnerabilities that can be exploited by others. The deployment of user certificates relies on methods that resemble the criminal behavior of phishers. Furthermore, the proxy can easily be avoided through the use VPNs or overlay networks.
Encryption is an important technology that helps Internet users keep their information and communications confidential and secure, and serves a crucial role in reinforcing the personal security of billions of people every day and the national security of countries around the world.
Any technical means to decrypt social media messages can be used to decrypt any other traffic and is therefore fundamentally untrustworthy.
Further, the establishment of a committee to assess and censor speech sets a precedent in limiting the fundamental rights of Mauritian citizens.
We do understand the issues associated with disinformation on social media and urge you to engage with the local Internet stakeholder community to identify constructive and creative ways to deal with this issue.
Finally, we are strongly aligned with the joint civil society statement in response to your consultation signed by Access Now3 and many other organizations and individuals. It makes similar points to our submission and stresses that the impact of the Mauritian regulator’s proposed actions will go beyond its borders, raising global concerns.
Mauritius IGF has been selected to be a Panel Speaker on Session “Digital Rights and impact on Democracy”.
The virtual event will be on Friday 6th November 2020 at 10:30 pm, Mauritian Time. Shortly after the session ends, recordings will be posted on the IGF YouTube account.
The IGF 2020 is the 15th annual meeting hosted by the United Nations. The meeting will be hosted online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be hosted across two phases: from 2-6 November and from 9-17 November (weekends excluded).
The overarching theme is: Internet for Human Resilience and Solidarity.
The Global IGF 2020 is an opportunity for us to come together with leaders from all around the world to learn and strengthen our knowledge in different areas on Internet Governance.
Our country is presently facing an ecological disaster where a Japanese-owned ship by the name of MV Wakashio ran aground at Pointe D’Esny at the end of July 2020. Oil from the ship started to leak into the lagoon affecting the fauna and flora, family living on the coastline and those earning a living from the sea are at serious risks.
Halley Movement Coalition is working with other partners to assist during this crisis. Please click here if you wish to help.
In light of the 50th Independence Anniversary of Mauritius, Halley Movement is hosting a Free Legal Advocacy Day on Child Protection.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet directly with a team of lawyers and ask questions.
Date: Saturday 10th March 2018
Time: 09:00 t0 13:00
Venue: Halley Movement HQ
CALL TO BOOK YOUR TICKET TEL: 677 0451; 214 2451
Session 1: How Safe Are Our Children?
(a) Soft Skills For Safer Use Of Media
(b) Teaching Parents About Safety In The Community Through Internet
(c) The Services Of The CDU In The Context Of Online Violence
Session 2: Enhancing Digital Trust
(a) The Juxtaposition Of Parents & Government In Management Of Children’s Internet Usage
(b) Social Media & Its Impact On Our Youth
(c) The Impact Of Internet Governance On The Development Of Mauritian Enterprises
Session 3: Improving Experiences of Children on Internet
(a) Tourism And Travel Child Protection Code
(b) Opportunities For Children And Scientific Progress
(c) Alone On A Digital Highway: Highlighting The Needs For Digital Parenting In A Technological Aware Mauritian Society
Mauritius IGF: National Stakeholders’ Summit 2017
Halley Movement will be hosting the first Mauritius IGF: National Stakeholders’ Summit 2017 in Mauritius on November 16, 2017 at Hennessy Park Hotel, Ebene, Mauritius.
The main theme will be Enhancing Digital Trust to Encompass Online Child Safety.
Call for expression of interests: https://mauritius.intgovforum.org/content/events
For more information, please contact email@example.com
Halley Movement has planned a Training Workshop on Good Digital Parenting for ‘Home Stay’ Mothers on Wednesday 23rd August 2017. The Workshop will take place at Le Morne Community Centre, Le Morne, Mauritius.
This training workshop for ‘Home Stay’ Mothers will focus on the following topics:
- The need for digital parenting in our society
- Digital parenting in practice
- How to identify risks and where to address complaints
- Reporting of online problems
Parties interested to attend the event please contact Halley Movement by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Halley Movement together with PAN-Mauritius Coalition will launch the Mauritius Colloquium on Internet and Child Trafficking on Saturday 23 September 2017 in Mauritius. The Mauritius Colloquium is expecting participants from the civil society, business sector and stakeholders involved in the field. The Colloquium will gather experts in ICT, tourism, Child protection and lawyers.
This event is on invitation only. Call for applications to participate at the Colloquium will close on 30th August 2017. Interested participants are requested to write to us at email@example.com. More information on the Colloquium will be posted soon.