Sunday, April 17, 2016

COMING UP!>>Ep.71(S04, Ep.6)>>Africa & (Cyber-) Crime (1): Time with E-Crime Bureau

Episode #71
(Season 4; Ep.6):  

Africa & (Cyber-) Crime (1): Time with E-Crime Bureau

We continue Season 4 STILL on the theme of “making money for Africa”.

We started the Season with the Creative Economy, and concluded that Film, more than any other cog in the Creative Economy wheel, was probably the most dominant within that Economy. In episode 2, we appreciated how, if managed properly, Sports could become the biggest employer in Ghana, the sub region, and the Continent.

In episode 3, we started to unpack customer service, concluding that, Ghana can achieve an “insanely customer-centric culture” as seen in the West, but it takes exposure and training of frontline staff to do that.

In episode 4, we concluded that East Africa continues to rise, while last weeks’ episode (episode 5) helped demystify Africa’s agriculture under the AU’s flagship programme of CAADP, concluding that issues around Agribusiness and nutrition will dominate discussions around Agriculture after the 12th CAADP Partnership Platform meeting that was held in Accra last week.

This week, we are coincidentally piggy-backing on the *UNCTAD E-Commerce week* that will take place from 18-22 April. We want to initiate a series of discussions examining Ghana’s response to cyber-crime and e-commerce.

Technology has arguably enabled Africa to leapfrog many countries – and the e-commerce sector is no different.

UNCTAD has been at the forefront assisting the ECOWAS region help develop its capacities since 2014. The first meeting in February that year targeted legislators from eight francophone West African countries to an UNCTAD-ECOWAS seminar in Dakar, Senegal, to deliberate over ways to harmonize legislation on electronic transactions; computer security and personal data protection.

A similar seminar was organized in March 2014 for Anglophone West African countries in Ghana, where one of the key recommendations included cyber law awareness campaigns; capacity-building for policymakers; legislators; police; judiciary and prosecutors; the strengthening of enforcement agencies and regional cooperation between them.

The UNCTAD-ECOWAS project aims to support the implementation at the national level of the existing legal frameworks on e-transactions; cybercrime; and personal data protection. Additionally, it addresses other important areas such as consumer protection; intellectual property rights; online content and taxation.

For this discussion, *it is a given that online transactions continue to remain a source of significant importance to governments’ enterprises*; and consumers in most parts of the world.

While it remains clear how greater reliance on e-commerce creates significant opportunities for citizens and businesses, UNCTAD believes “a lack of security and trust remains a critical barrier to such transactions.” Online fraud and data breaches continue to be a source of concern for both parties, begging for “adequate legal and regulatory responses at national and international levels.”

It is precisely for this reason that we are having our maiden conversation with E-crime Bureau.

Founded in 2011, e-crime Bureau is the first cyber-security and digital forensics firm with state-of-the-art e-Crime lab to be established and fully-operate in West Africa. It offers consultancy services; technology support and training to clients in the sub-region.

Our conversation with E-Crime is for them to help unpack for us how far Ghana has come as far as e-commerce; and cyber-crime is concerned.

What has Ghana and the sub-region done to respond to awareness-raising about cyber-crime, especially in the face of increasing attacks globally? With counter-terrorism measures on the mind of Western governments (to the extent that Europol has established an Internet Referral Unit), how is the sub-region responding to this existential threat adequately and correspondingly?

Join us if you can at 2.05pm on 20 April, 2016.
Call us on the following numbers
Guiding questions
  • How serious is Ghana about cyber-crime & forensics?
  • What does the (policy) landscape of cyber-crime in Ghana & the ECOWAS sub-region look like?
  • Is Ghana ready & able to respond to digital terrorists in the way EUROPOL has responded with its Internet Referral Unit?
  • What’s the future of Africa’s law enforcement capabilities?

Guests in the studio:
ØAlbert Antwi-Boasiako, Founder & Principal Consultant E-Crime Bureau
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