EAI International Conference on Technology, R&D, Education and Economy for Africa

Research Article

CYBERSECURITY AND LEGAL INNOVATIONS IN WEST AFRICA

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.21-3-2018.2275684,
        author={DIARRA Rosalie},
        title={CYBERSECURITY AND LEGAL INNOVATIONS IN WEST AFRICA},
        proceedings={EAI International Conference on Technology, R\&D, Education and Economy for Africa},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={TREE},
        year={2018},
        month={8},
        keywords={technologies cybercrimes cybers\^{e}curity criminal law legislation},
        doi={10.4108/eai.21-3-2018.2275684}
    }
    
  • DIARRA Rosalie
    Year: 2018
    CYBERSECURITY AND LEGAL INNOVATIONS IN WEST AFRICA
    TREE
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.21-3-2018.2275684
DIARRA Rosalie1,*
  • 1: Jesuit University Institute (CERAP/IDDH)
*Contact email: rosadiarra2005@yahoo.fr

Abstract

The digitization of African countries and particularly those in West Africa is a new opportunity for development that is offered to them. This situation also makes cyberspace insecurity a reality. States must then act to secure this space in order to protect populations and also to ensure development. One of the answers is the legal one. As the digital environment is refractory to the traditional laws made for the physical world, new adapted laws are expected. This reflection analyses the weakness of the classic cyber security laws in West Africa, particularly in the fight against cybercrime. It sets out the new laws adopted by States and their innovations in cyber security. Because new laws have weaknesses, states still have to innovate by reinforcing them in order to adapt to the realities of cyberspace. It is therefore normal to ask the following questions: What are the advances made by new legislations? What are the innovations to do?