LEGAL AND POLICY RESPONSES OF NIGERIA AND CHINA TO CYBERCRIME: AN APPRAISAL

Dr Masajuwa Florence Ulunma   (Published 2017)

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ABSTRACT
Procedures guiding relationships in the physical world may not fit those in the cyberspace. To this end policies and laws made to check criminal infractions in the physical world may need re-evaluation to fit the peculiarities of the cyberspace. Cybercrime as one of the peculiarities of the cyberspace came in the wake of the evolution of the internet. It is against this backdrop that efforts are being made at both international and local levels to draw up policies and laws that will meet the peculiar needs of the operations and relationships in the cyber-space. Relying on historical method of research and with data mainly from secondary sources, this paper from a comparative perspective, examined the legal and policy responses of Nigeria and China to the social problem of cybercrime. Among the main findings were; both countries have surfeits of laws to check cybercrimes, China is more advanced in efforts at tackling cybercrimes having drafted its main law against cybercrime in 1997 while Nigeria’s principal legislation on cybercrime was enacted in 2015. Conclusion was to the effect that the implementation of laws matter and therefore substantial political will by policy makers will drive the laws most. Several recommendations were made including the need for massive computer literacy education for all citizens because those charged with administration of justice including cybercrime law are recruited from the citizenry.

Item Type: Conference presentation
Format: PDF document,   664.75 KB
Copyright: Creative Commons LicenseCreative Commons license
Keywords: Computer, literacy, education, citizens, administration, justice, cybercrime law,
Department: Public and International Law
Field of Study: Law
Uploaded By: Ikhimalo Odufa Patience
Date Added: 23 Nov 2017 12:42pm
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017
conference URL: https://www.edouniversity.edu.ng/oer/conference/legal_and_policy_responses_of_nigeria_and_china_to_cybercrime_an_appraisal


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