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Collaborative Cybersecurity: The Mauritius Case

As access to broadband networks expands, countries’ exposure to cyber risks also grows. In Africa, the increasing availability of broadband; relatively weak, poor or undeveloped cybersecurity strategies; cybersecurity and digital skill shortages; an…

South Africa: Options to Regulate Data Flows

South Africa is in a privileged position to become the regional hub for provision of data processing services and other innovative digital services. In order to do so, the country should promote the free flow of data, allowing local companies to e…

The AU’s Cybercrime Response: A Positive Start, but Substantial Challenges ahead

Increasingly the private sector, individuals and African governments rely on the Internet to conduct sensitive transactions and store important data. African states are lagging behind in strengthening cybersecurity and fighting cybercrime. Cyber …

Balancing Cyber Security and Internet Freedom in Africa

This paper discusses the current state of cyber security and policies in Africa, with a specific focus on Kenya and South Africa as continental leaders in technology. Globally, Internet freedoms are on the decline and Africa is no exception. In 2016…

Implications of Zambia's Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act 2021 on Digital Rights

In March 2021, Zambia adopted the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act, 2021 following assent by President Edgar Lungu. The Act was passed amidst criticism that it was primarily aimed at policing the cyber space and gagging freedom of expression and …

Africa and Europe: Cyber Governance Lessons

This Policy Insights examines the lessons the AU can learn from the EU in the area of cyber governance. The AU has recently adopted one document in this respect, the 2014 Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection. This convention imp…

Cyber Security in Ghana: Evaluating Readiness for the Future

This policy briefs seeks to analyze the nature of cyber security threats in Ghana and evaluate the progress that the government has made in readying itself for future challenges. The report will explore recent legislative efforts in Ghana, across We…

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