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Child Online Protection (COP) related provisions in the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (2)

Every child must be protected from violence, exploitation, and abuse on the internet – UNICEF Child Online Protection (COP) is a global challenge that needs urgent attention. Children today have varied access to the internet through laptops, desktops, mobile phones, and tablets, with all types of information available to them. According to a UNICEF report (Children’s Online Practices in Ghana, 2017), about 8 in 10 children visit Facebook, 5 in 10 visits WhatsApp and 2 Read more…

Child Online Protection (COP) related provisions in the cybersecurity Act, 2020 (1)

Ghana’s Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038) was passed by the Parliament of Ghana and assented by the President into law on December 29, 2020. It is made up of 100 sections and 3 schedules. This Act is to regulate cybersecurity activities in the country; promote the development of cybersecurity and provide for related matters. It further seeks to require or authorize the taking of measures to prevent, manage and respond to cybersecurity threats and incidents, Read more…

Open Data Journalism, Making Stories Better

Data is everywhere—from government statistics to the architect creating new concepts of the world through to companies and businesses analyzing historical data for accurate projections. Similarly, the journalist must have access to data to produce reliable news and stories. By this, we mean open data access. This is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents, or other mechanisms of Read more…

Spanning The Digital Skills Hole

The digital skills sector is ripe for private sector investment and participation. The expression “digital world” is normally used when characterizing digital familiarity and digital education. The digital world is the accessibility and use of digital instruments to convey on the Internet, digital devices, smart devices, and other technologies. There is a need to review the status of preparations for the millennium bug, to consider individual responsibilities at various levels, and to create crisis units Read more…

Digital skills for the modern century workplace

The rapid growth of Internet access and connectivity has paved way for the development of a digital economy across the world. The World Economic Forum estimated in 2019 that 133 million new roles will be created by 2022 as a result of the new division of labour between humans, machines, and algorithms. However, there are major inequalities due to the lack of digital skills. Digital skills are broadly defined as those needed to “use digital Read more…

Mobile Money (MoMo) fraud: Two factor authentication, an algorithm to end this menace

Mobile Money is the fastest, convenient, but until recently the most reliable means of doing online payments in Ghana. The government of Ghana is striving to build a cashless economy to reduce the risk of people carrying huge cash around. Mobile payments provide a mechanism for conducting financial transactions using a mobile device as an alternative to using cash, cheques, or credit cards. The mobile device is linked to a bank account, card account (credit, Read more…

Promoting digital skills for a digital economy

Ghana’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector has progressed over the past two decades. Digital technologies are at the forefront of development and provide a unique opportunity for countries to accelerate economic growth and connect citizens to services and jobs. Among the main sectors of investments in Ghana, 65% is for ICT, 8% for communications, and 27% divided for public administration. Ghana took an important step forward in embracing the potential of competitive markets to Read more…

Developing a digital literate society: IIPGH launches “Digital Design and Creative Coding Hub”

The Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana (IIPGH) with its partners Codie it!, and TinkerToys, from Leipzig, Germany on 3rd May 2021 successfully launched its Digital Design and Creative Coding Hub in Accra. The event had a splendid setup, hosting about 35 children with their parents, and other invited guests. The launch was live on zoom and on Facebook, which saw over 300 participants connecting across the country and beyond. At the launch were dignitaries including Read more…

SCRUM in Africa

SCRUM is an agile project management framework. In two earlier articles, we explained the advantages of using SCRUM over traditional project management methods in the ICT sector. We also shared our experience with SCRUM in virtual teams and why it helps managers to control their production while working from home during the pandemic. In this final article, we will focus on Africa. We will explain why we believe that SCRUM can work well in this Read more…

Digital design and creative coding hub in Ghana – 3

“Support learning processes creatively and successfully with TinkerToys” With a few more days to the grand opening of the digital design and creative coding hub in Accra, IIPGH together with its partners, Code it! and Tinker Toys from Leipzig, Germany is pleased to showcase what is in store for all stakeholders and interested participants at the hub. The official launch of the hub is scheduled to take place on Monday 3rd May 2021. The importance Read more…

All set for the official opening of IIPGH Digital Design & Creative Coding Hub in Accra

The Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana is set to open its long-awaited Digital Design and Creative Coding Hub facility in the first week of May 2021. The digital facility will be opened to the public including artists and creative people, pedagogues, educational and cultural policymakers, local cultural industry enterprises from Ghana, and around the world, as well as German cultural workers and developers of digital creative tools. Everyone from all walks of life is welcomed Read more…

SCRUM, how it helps you to work online with your team

Depending on where you live in the world, about a year ago your company may have decided to move most of its workers online. For a lot of managers, this was a scary moment. Will my personnel perform when they are not in my office together? This article explains how SCRUM can help you manage these issues. For us, the authors of this article, there were no such worries when the pandemic started. We already Read more…

SCRUM: the new way to manage your IT – and other- projects

SCRUM has quickly become the new standard way to do IT projects. In this article, the authors explain the way SCRUM differs from traditional methods of project management like PRINCE 2 or PMP and why it may help you as a business owner to achieve your goals. Traditional project management demands detailed upfront planning for a complete project. There is a lot of attention to fixing the scope, in terms of the end product, delivery Read more…

Ghana’s Cybersecurity Act at A Glance

Background Ghana’s Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038) was passed by the Parliament of Ghana on 6th November 2020 and assented by President Akufo-Addo into law on 29th December 2020. It is a 68-page document made up of 100 sections and 3 schedules. The sections are grouped into 18 different subject headings. This act has become necessary because of the rapid digitalization of the Ghanaian economy, coupled with the high rate of cyber-crimes and other cybersecurity Read more…

Mobile App Permissions – what you need to know

The growth of the mobile application (app) industry is on the ascendancy. Using smartphones has increased and serves as a major driver of innovations. Companies have leveraged the capability of the smartphone to lower costs at various levels. Unfortunately, certain elements in society have taken undue advantage of the growth in the mobile app industry. The interest of unscrupulous mobile app developers has led to the collection of excessive amounts of personal information for various Read more…

Tech Job Fair 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted all aspects of our lives, including requirements for employment across industries. In order to understand the changing needs of employers and skills development in the ICT sector, the Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana (IIPGH) is organizing a 1-day Virtual Tech Job Fair to engage major stakeholders on technology jobs. The aim of this program is to bring together industry players, educators, students, government, and job seekers to understand the Information Read more…