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NCC wants comments on proposed Internet Industry Code of Practice

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has invited stakeholders to comment on its draft policy on the proposed Code of Practice all affected and interested parties as well as the general public to a Stakeholder Consultation on the establishment of an Internet Industry Code of Practice, reports ITRealms.

As part of its Internet Governance functions, the Nigerian Communications Commission said its seeking input from stakeholders in the development of a code of practice in support of an open internet.

ITRealms reports that the Commission favours a multi-stakeholder model of engagement in the process of policy development for Internet Governance. The proposed Code of Practice seeks, among other things.

In addition, NCC said the draft seeks 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; Ensure adequate safeguards are put in place by service providers against abuses such as unsolicited messages.

Further, NCC said the 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; Establish best practices for Internet Governance in Nigeria, in line with emerging issues and global trends.

NCC equally said the draft would provide transparent rules for the assessment and classification of Internet content; Increase stakeholder satisfaction through improved consumer experience online; Extensive consultation of stakeholders is crucial to the success of this exercise.

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