25 Oct 2016

Tonga govt continues focus on cyber safety

7:24 am on 25 October 2016

Tonga has marked international cyber safety week with the launch of a website designed to address the problems of misuse and abuse of computers and the internet.

Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni spoke at the launch, saying the internet and technology had its obvious advantages but many users were abusing them.

Mr Sovaleni said the government aligned with the Stop, Think and Connect initative to address problems the kingdom had been experiencing.

The new website contains information to help educate people.

Tonga's Deputy PM, Siaosi Sovaleni.

Siaosi Sovaleni has been at the head of moves to safeguard people against the dangers of the internet Photo: IISD

Mr Sovaleni said the campaign encourages users to practice safe online habits and to help people understand the risks that come with using the internet.

The minister said people need to know how to use the internet properly, as it can be used for harmful and illegal purposes.

He said there needs to be more awareness about computer misuse and problems like online fraud, phishing, and ID theft.

Last year Mr Sovaleni helped bring in new laws creating a body with powers to block selected online content.

At the time, Mr Sovaleni said the bills were passed to protect children from misusing the internet.

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