Microsoft, PIN and EFCC Announce Campaign For Cybercrime Legislation in Nigeria

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) is partnering with Microsoft Nigeria, Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the World Bank Civil Society Program to implement a social campaign asking for cybercrime legislation for Nigeria.

So far, Nigeria does not have any legislation that addresses the issue of cybercrime, even as the country retains its number 3 position in the 2010 Internet Crime Report, after only the US and the UK.

Although there have been ongoing discussions at the National Assembly since the establishment of the Nigerian Cybercrime Working Group, there have been little or nothing done to tackle the challenges properly.

For this reason, PINigeria will host a media briefing to kick off a phase of the MISSPIN campaign asking for cybercrime legislation for Nigeria. The campaign is part of ongoing efforts seeking to redirect the energy of youth at-risk with cybercrime towards positive internet use.

The event scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 19th August 2011 will witness the launch of an online petition asking the National Assembly to give Nigeria a cybecrcrime legislation.

According to PINigeria, the campaign will run online, followed by a workshop and a physical visit to the National Assembly. The organisation believes that now is the time for all stakeholders – youth, government, private sector, civil society, media, academia, etc – to ask for accelerated passage of an acceptable (firm but fair) piece of cybercrime legislation.

They are asking all stakeholders to make a clear demand saying:

Dear honourable and distinguished members of the National Assembly, please give Nigeria cybercrime legislation NOW!

Already, individuals have started signing the online petition and PINigeria hopes to get at least 10,000 signatures that will then be delivered to the relevant institutions in November 2011.

To sign the online petition, click here.

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