2022 Global Encryption Day Workshop – ‘Encryption: Privacy verses National Security’

AITI-KACE, Ghana, 21 October 2022

Hosted by Internet Society Ghana Chapter

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Welcome Address – President- ISOC Ghana
Opening Remark – Director General – NITA

Keynote address – Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor

Session 1: Which is more important: Online Privacy or Encryption.
Concept Note: Following the current trend of people using various online platforms to plan certain activities like demonstrations, cyber-attacks, and terrorist attacks, the issue of encryption is gradually becoming a subject of national security and political debate. There is a debate about whether the government (security agencies) should have access to public’s encrypted data, by means of special access backdoor. Others also argue that encryptions in itself prevent security agencies from intercepting or accessing criminal communications. This session will espouse the contradictory position of emphasizing the importance of encryption, while at the same time seeking to compel service providers to undermine it by building in special access measures.
Moderator: Eric Akumiah

– National Security
– Mr. Nicolas Lenin Anane Agyei
– Mr. Emmanuel Gadasu
– Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications

Session 2: Protecting the Digitized Society; the role of stakeholders.
Concept Note: Strong encryption is a critical technology that helps keep people, their information, and
communications private and secure. It underpins online trust, protects members of vulnerable communities, and safeguards the data of governments, businesses, and citizens from criminals and other malicious actors. However, some governments and organizations are pushing to weaken encryption, which would create a dangerous precedent that compromises the security and privacy of billions of people around the world. This session will call on governments, the Private sector, Civil Society, and Media to reject efforts to undermine encryption and instead pursue policies that enhance, strengthen, and promote use of strong encryption to protect people everywhere.

Moderator: Mr. Marcus Adomey

– Mr. Paul Sarfo – Cape Coast Technical University
– Mr. Abraham Selby
– E-crime
– Media Foundation for West Africa.

Closing Remarks – Vice President & Photography