Cybercrime and Legislation in an African Context

  • Philip N. NdubuezeEmail author
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There is an exponential growth in cybercrime incidences and victimization in the African continent. This is perhaps the fall-out of the upsurge in the Internet usage population in Africa. Arguably, there is a correlation between the number of Internet users and the rates of cybercrime victimization in Africa. Despite the growing concerns about the spate of crime and deviance in the cyberspace, Africa as a continent has not been swift in responding to the burgeoning problem of crime and disorder in the cyberspace. Many African countries are yet to establish a comprehensive legislation on cybercrime, while only a few have signed the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection. This chapter interrogates the problem of cybercrime and its legislation in the African context. It discusses the problem of the digital divide and efforts made to bridge it. The factors that make Africans vulnerable to cyber victimizations as well as the cyber offenders’ practices in Africa are explored. Finally, the chapter examines the impediments to the effective establishment and enforcement of cybercrime legislations in Africa.


Africa Cybercrime Cyber victimization Legislation Policing 


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  1. 1.Federal UniversityDutseNigeria

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