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Handover ceremony of Child Online Protection (COP) framework
5th March 2013 – A handover ceremony of the Child Online Protection (COP) Framework for Brunei Darussalam was held today at the Empress Court, Manggis Hua Ho Mall, Jalan Muara. The event saw Yang Mulia Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications handed over the framework document to Yang Mulia Awang Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The framework was developed to address the key policies and strategies for children’s online safety and was initially discussed during the Child Online Protection (COP) workshop in April 2012. The development of the COP Framework was facilitated by the Authority of Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) with the support from International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and International Multilateral Partnership Against Cybercrime (IMPACT). Various key stakeholders comprising the policy-makers, regulators, industry leaders, law enforcement agencies, and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) have been involved in crafting the framework that address the practical and effective measures for tackling children online protection based on the five Pillars of COP as a yardstick; namely the Legal Measures, Technical & Procedural Measures, Organisational Structures, Capacity Building and International Cooperation.
The key stakeholders of the COP Framework are the Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Communications; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports through Department of Community Development; Ministry of Religious Affairs; Internal Security Department; Attorney General’s Chambers; Royal Brunei Police Force; E-Government National Centre (EGNC); Authority of Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI); Brunei’s ASEAN Commissioner for Children; Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT) and ISPs.
Over the period of two years since the COP workshop was held, a lot of efforts to safeguard the children’s online activities have been put in place by the relevant stakeholders, such as:
  •           Formalization of the current stakeholders group as committee members which has been identified with the appointment of the rightful owner and custodian of the COP Framework.
  •           AGC has also been proactively amended the penal Code which includes sexual offences affecting of child under the Amendment Order 2012. The amendments includes; possession and distribution of indecent photographs of child (293A and 293B), aggravated outraging modesty by person in position of trust or authority (354A and 354B), sexual act in the presence of person under 16 (377B), causing person under 16 to watch sexual act (377C), commercial sex with person under 18 for both outside and outside Brunei (377E & 377F), and sexual grooming of person under 16 (377G).
  •           Ministry of Religious Affairs taking an active role in building the faiths and beliefs of the Muslims in preparing them for the internal (spiritual) control to be able to protect them from external intrusion, through the Friday’s sermons.
  •           The Royal Brunei Police Force has adapted the digital forensic and investigation for cybercrime cases with support by ITPSS.
  •           Ministry of Education is working on the development of cybersecurity awareness as a school curriculum.
  •           Cybersecurity awareness campaigns to secondary schools nationwide conducted by Ministry of Education, Royal Brunei Police Force, AITI and BruCERT.
  •           To mark the successful development of the COP framework, this has been endorsed by the BIT council in April 2013.
ITU has applauded Brunei’s initiatives for developing and implementing the COP Framework and emphasized that Brunei Darussalam is the first country in the region to build the COP Framework based on the five pillars which will serve as a point of reference for other countries.