Gov’t committed to making Internet access a right, says minister

MINISTER of Science, Energy and Technology Fayval Williams says COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the need to make access to the Internet a right for every citizen, adding that “we are committed to making this a reality for all Jamaicans”.

Science and technology, she said, is crucial in the fight against COVID-19 and the social issues plaguing society.

“Science, technology and innovation must become major lynchpins to support our development and every sector of this country,” the minister emphasised.

“While we have experienced some challenges, I want Jamaica to know that the COVID setback is not a step back. Where there are challenges, we see opportunities; where there is lack, we see plenty; and where there are impossibilities, we see tremendous possibilities,” she added.

At the same time, she has reiterated the Government’s commitment to upgrade and strengthen the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure.

“As a ministry, we are taking the bold steps to strengthen our ICT infrastructure to ensure that Jamaica enters the digital future with modern legislation and that all our citizens will have access to the Internet and information and communication technology,” she said.

Addressing the digital opening ceremony for the launch of the Caribbean Hackathon competition, yesterday, Williams said the data protection legislation was recently passed in the House of Representatives to broaden the rights of citizens in a significantly transformed technological landscape.

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