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Election 2024: Cyber Security Authority Pledges to Combat Fake News Ahead of December 7

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The Cyber Security Authority (CSA) has said it is committed to collaborating with tech providers to curb the spread of misinformation and disinformation on the internet, especially on social media platforms, in the lead-up to the 2024 general elections.

The authority explained that with 2024 general elections in sight, AI-powered misinformation campaigns is likely to be on the rise as a result of the rapid adoption of digitalisation in the country.

Dr. Albert Antwi Boasiako, speaking to the media on the sidelines of the West African Regional CSIRTS Symposium in Accra, the Director General of Cyber Security Authority,  assured the public that his outfit was committed to mitigating the impact of this act.

 “The malicious act is a rational activity. Therefore, cyber attack, a malicious act as seen in elections, there will be a pattern of cyber attacks. We anticipate a lot more disinformation and misinformation forms of attacks happening. Processes are changing.

“Criminals are innovating their process, and we’re likely to see AI-powered disinformation and misinformation campaigns. That makes it a little bit difficult for us, but we’re working with the tech providers, those who own the platform. They also have mechanisms to attack us, so Facebook, Twitter, which is X and others. We’re engaging with them to ensure that as we close the elections, we will be able to detect and prevent some of those issues,” he stated.

Additionally, Dr. Albert Antwi Boasiako urged the public to filter the contents they consume, emphasising the role of the media in ensuring free and fair elections.

“But I think the major recommendation is for the citizens, the electoral public should be aware that not everything that is transmitted across the network is actually legitimate, original, genuine. So we don’t need to consume everything. But let me bring the media in.

“All of you, I think you also have a role to play. From now to the election, how are you shaping your messaging on your platforms? It’s a collective responsibility. I think the authority really sees this as a top priority for us as far as awareness creation is concerned,” he added.

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