The African Union Convention on the Confidence and Security in Cyberspace uses some terms that are really technical. In fact part 1 of the convention deals with definition of terms used in the convention. However, to fully grasp the intended objectives of this convention one needs to delve into the vices it seeks to wipe out of the African continent.
First things first the definition of Cybersecurity;
This refers to the technologies and processes designed to protect computers, networks and data from unauthorized access, vulnerabilities and attacks delivered via the Internet by cyber criminals.
Cybersecurity is what this convention intends to achieve however, in the process of doing so it has interfered with some fundamental rights and freedoms hence the reason we are having this petition.
Cyber crime and its different manifestations
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Welcome to an open forum on the discussion of The Draft African Union Convention on the Confidence and Security in Cyberspace. The Draft Convention has been developed jointly by the African Union Commission (AUC) the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
With little or no Consultation from stakeholders in African Union Member States, the Draft is now in its final stage of development. It has been approved by the 22nd Ordinary session of the AU Executive Council (January 2013). Legal validation by the AU Ministers of Justice Conference scheduled to take place in October 2013. Thereafter, it will be adopted during an AU Summit in January 2014. Afterwards, the ratification process will start.
Given that the Draft Convention is teeming with anomalies that have an adverse effect on business, individual rights and freedoms, the social and economic sphere, it is crucial to discourage the passage of this piece of legislation as it is here.
What is your take?
CIPIT is pleased to announce that there will be a Panel Discussion on the Draft African Union Cyber Security Convention, on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at *iHub_
The Draft African Union Convention on Cyber Security or the Confidence and Security in Cyberspace was developed jointly by African Union Commission and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Its objective is to harmonize e-legislation related to e-transactions development,personal data protection, cyber security promotion and fight against cybercrime. Read the full Draft Convention here.
During the meeting, there will be a brief introduction to the Draft Convention followed by an overview of the process of adaptation the Convention will follow. This will be followed by a discussion on problematic provisions contained in the Convention as well as possible solutions.Attendees will get a chance to share their views and propose recommendations.
This event is absolutely FREE! Get all the registration and RSVP details here.