Research on Legislation in Data Privacy, Security and the Prevention of Cybercrime

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The International Telecommunication Union’s Development Bureau mandate is to assist developing countries to acquire the knowledge and develop the founding blocks for an information society. One of these founding blocks is cybersecurity. In order to compile general but adequate guidelines on such a vast area, research on existing legislation in developing countries and multinational frameworks is examined on both a content level, encompassing intellectual property, digital rights management and anti-circumvention, and a network security level, incorporating areas such as technical standards and integrity of data, with a close look at the security of information infrastructure (privacy and data protection) and computer-related crimes (spamming and identity theft), among other topics.




With all new wonders, come new worries. The internet is no exception. In just over a decade, this technological miracle has brought societies the world over closer together than in the whole history of international relations. Unfortunately, this has meant that disruption of its infrastructure will have a global effect. The internet can only ever be as secure as its weakest link. In order to strengthen the overall infrastructure, efforts by each country must be made at a supranational level in an attempt to cooperate and coordinate with each other so as to come to harmonized terms on matters regarding security. In light of the tremendous growth of electronic commerce, the potential for many developing countries is great. Minimum physical infrastructure is required, and thus capital investment, which previously would have been used in construction and production on physical locations, can be used for launching and securing online business.


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