The State of Cybercrime Governance in Ethiopia

Like many other countries, Ethiopia has embraced ICTs and ICT-based services as key enablers for social and economic development. Various additional efforts to significantly increase internet connectivity speeds and access are underway. Greater bandwidth will mean more than faster and better internet access, as greater bandwidth can also facilitate faster and better means of launching cyber-attacks and more opportunities for criminals to exploit naïve users.

This article will attempt to explore the efforts and initiatives being made by the government in fighting cybercrime from three cyberspace governance perspectives: cyber security-related policies and strategies, legislative frameworks, and institutional arrangements. Additionally, recommendations will be provided on what plans and measures the government can implement in pursuit of a safer and secure Ethiopia.

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