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Request for Comments: CIGF Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative

The CIGF has specifically asked if the Diplo Security and Cybercrime discussion groups would comment on their initiative. Please review this, and the two files I will paste below. This is a chance for you to have input to ongoing Security and Cybercrime global policy. Please let us know what you think! Will it work? Is it missing something? Does it address the issues that are important to you and your country?  - Ginger


The CIGF is proposing a Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative for CHOGM endorsement in October 2011. The initiative is based upon the premise that a holistic global approach to combat Cybercrime is required in order to harmonise legal frameworks and avoid ‘gaps’ or ‘safe havens’ for cybercriminals to operate in.  


The Initiative aims to address the urgent need to assist developing countries in the Commonwealth and beyond, to build their institutional capacities especially with respect to policy, legislation and regulation thus, making their jurisdictions more secure by denying safe havens to cyber criminals, and enabling them to become effective partners in the globally coordinated effort to combat cybercrime.


The Commonwealth Model Law on Computer and Computer Related Crime provides a foundation and an ‘off-the-shelf’ tool through which to leverage the unique advantage of the Commonwealth’s shared legal traditions for the adoption and implementation of harmonised legal regimes, thereby enabling international cooperation between our nations and the global community for effectively combating cyber crime.  The Model Law and the Commonwealth thus, provide an amenable platform from which to transition countries towards updating and harmonising their legal regimes along the lines of the Convention to bring them closer towards and in time preparing them for the adoption of and accession to the Convention on Cybercrime.

The Initiative thus, aims to assist developing countries to build their institutional and legislative capacity in fighting cybercrime through the sharing of expertise and best practice from existent resources and treaties through:


•                                    A minimum foundation and threshold with respect to common definitions and offences

•                                    Harmonised domestic criminal laws

•                                    The establishment of necessary procedural powers for investigation and prosecution

•                                    The establishments of Legal Frameworks that will, inter alia, enable international cooperation beyond simply Government to Government or LEAs to LEAs and also enable such cooperation between private sector (e.g. Banks, Telcos, ISPs) and also the technical community (e.g. ccTLDs, APWG, RISG, CERTS) both amongst themselves and with Government, Regulators and/or LEA.  Examples include industry/sector CERTs, Hotlines, LEA-ISP Cooperation Guidelines etc.

•                                    The establishment of a fast and effective regime of international co-operation for investigation and prosecution of cybercrime between Law Enforcement Agencies. This will facilitate greater certainty with respect to prosecutions of cybercrime both at a domestic and international level, in particular immediate cross-border multilateral cooperation at an operational and investigative level and also at the prosecutorial level.


Discussion Forum

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Started by Eleanor Adwoa Forbea Afful. Last reply by christine agbenaza Sep 23, 2011.

Commonwealth IGF Cybercrime Initiative - Request for comments 13 Replies

Started by Virginia (Ginger) Paque. Last reply by Virginia (Ginger) Paque Aug 26, 2011.

HADOPI - The 3 strikes law 1 Reply

Started by Ricardo Patara. Last reply by Eleanor Adwoa Forbea Afful Jul 27, 2011.

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Comment by Shepherd Mulwanda on October 20, 2013 at 12:37pm
Cyber criminal is at work: when you experience the following,

Suspicious “official” websites that look amateurish or poorly maintained
Emails asking for personal information or passwords
Sites requesting credit card information for entry
Unsolicited communication from someone you don’t know
Threatening or troubling language.
Comment by Lara Pace on September 20, 2011 at 12:44pm

Dear All,


The Cybercrime Initiative is going to be discussed in Nairobi, during the CIGF workshop taking place on DAY 3 at 11:00 am. Please pencil this time in and participate in the dicussion in person or via a remote hub. We encourage a the broadest participation as possible of this. Many thanks for all your support so far Best


Comment by Diplo IGCBP on September 5, 2011 at 5:02pm

Mwende, thanks for posting the link to your study on CSIRTs/CERTs. It's a great study, both for professionals who are already involved in CSIRTs, and for those planning to develop and implement one. I'm sure the tech experts in our community will find it useful!

Comment by Mwende Njiraini on September 5, 2011 at 1:09pm
Computer Security Incidence Teams (CSIRT)/Computer Emergency Response teams (CERTs) are increasingly becoming important in the global fight against cybercrime particularly in developing countries. You may find the paper on Establishing a National CSIRT in Africa: Kenyan Case Study interesting.
Comment by Eleanor Adwoa Forbea Afful on August 5, 2011 at 3:31pm

Thanks to the Commonwealth initiative to fight cybercrime on a harmonized legal, policy, regulatory platform among member states  for international co-operation. I would like to know whether the Commonwealth proposal in the document could be approve as international standards to be implemented by developing countries. If so, to what extent is the involvement of developing countries in this proposal for easy implementation across borders with regards to cyberspace taken into consideration the shared  domestic legal traditions? The page 13 of the document,last paragraph the word 'enforcement' need to be edited

Comment by Stephanie on August 5, 2011 at 12:20pm
Thanks Ginger for creating a new forum! I am sure there are community members among us who are in a position to influence the legislative process in their country. Let's do our bit to help fight cybercrime!
Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on August 3, 2011 at 3:10pm
Is Cybercrime really important to you? If it is, please join the discussion http://www.diplointernetgovernance.org/group/cybercrime/forum/topic...
Comment by Dujan Boddie on June 30, 2011 at 4:14am
Its my pleasure in joining this group of security concern people as myself. Being deeply involved and interested about privacy,security it sometimes seems like a fast forward to the future. Cyber crime is fast becoming a breathing ground for a new type of criminals who are motivated and determined at all cost. Don't be dismayed we are here to learn the ways of a criminal with reverse engineer being the driving force.
Comment by Aly Anis on March 28, 2011 at 1:29pm
It is nice to allow me to join . I hope to be beneficial. aly anis
Comment by Ljubisa Gavrilovic on March 21, 2011 at 3:49am

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