The Cyber Security Authority (CSA) is to embark on an extensive cybersecurity education campaign in 32 districts across the country ahead of the election 2024.

A team member at the Capacity Building and Awareness Creation unit at the CSA, Ms. Mary Ama Bawah, who made this known at the second Election Working Group meeting in Accra recently indicated that malicious actors use sophisticated software to peddle mis/disinformation hence the need for awareness creation among the populace to counter the false narratives.

She explained that the malicious actors employ sophisticated software such as deepfakes to create false narratives with targeted messaging aimed at marginalised ethnic groups to spread mis/disinformation.

In a presentation, Ms. Bawa emphasised the pervasive influence of digital platforms in disseminating false information with ease and underscored the need for proactive measures to combat such threats.

The response strategy of the CSA, she outlined, involved a multi-faceted approach, leveraging collaboration with stakeholders such as the media and law enforcement agencies to swiftly debunk misinformation.

“This approach includes collaborating with tech companies such as TikTok, X and Facebook to initiate takedowns when necessary and enhanced international collaboration given the borderless nature of cybercrimes,” she added.

Team lead of Fact-Check Ghana at the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Mr. Kwaku Krobea Asante; the Executive Secretary of the Right to Information Commission (RTIC), Mr. Yaw Sarpong Boateng; and the Executive Secretary of National Media Commission (NMC), Mr George Sarpong also graced the meeting.

In their submissions, they re-echoed the need for proactive solutions, including media literacy training, content regulation, and network transparency interventions, to counter the spread of false narratives effectively to fortify defences against the proliferation of mis/disinformation ahead of the 2024 election.