Ken Gamble appointed as Associate of ACCP
Ken Gamble appointed as Associate of The African Center for Cyberlaw and Cybercrime Prevention (ACCP)
GII Executive Director, Ken Gamble, has been appointed as an Associate of The African Center for Cyberlaw and Cybercrime Prevention (ACCP). The ACCP is an entrepreneurial non-profit organisation with a mission to understand the Internet; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards in Africa; to assess the need for, or lack of, laws and sanctions, and to enhance knowledge about fraudulent online strategies commonly used by criminals in exploiting people.
The ACCP's governing and management function is in the hands of the Directors who supervise all activities carried out by the centre, whilst Fellows control the research and scientific activity of the ACCP. They are professionals of the theory and practice of cyberlaw. The research activity is carried out by Associates who are chosen according to their academic and professional record in ICTs and Cyberlaw. Certain research or education works are undertaken by Fellows.
Cybercrime cuts across territorial borders, creating a new realm of illegal human activity and undermining the feasibility and legitimacy of applying laws based on geographic boundaries. For effective control, cybercrime should be considered a Transnational Organised Crime. The Center envisages sensitising its Member States to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime in order that they internalise the Convention in their national legislations as an effective measure to combat cybercrime. The Centre offers technical assistance to its Member States in this respect.
Territorially-based law-making and law-enforcing authorities find cybercrime deeply threatening. It has subjected nation-States to unprecedented challenges with regard to efficacy, sovereignty and functions. However, established territorial authorities may yet learn to defer to the self-regulatory efforts of the cyberspace community who care most deeply about this new digital trade in ideas, information and services.
Separated from doctrine tied to territorial jurisdictions, new legislations will emerge to deal with a wide range of new phenomena that have no clear parallel in the real world. This research area analyses how cybercrime is being addressed at national and international levels and the main steps nations should take in their battle against its threat.