e-Government and the Cameroon Cybersecurity Legislation 2010: Opportunities and Challenges

Asongwe, Patricia Ngeminang
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LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg
The EGOV.CM programme, led by the National Agency for ICT (ANTIC) aims to promote access to government information and services, provide IT support to the public administration reform programme, promote the objectives of national policies and provide an appropriate legal and regulatory environment. However, government and citizen reliance on ICTs presents a security challenge, given the emergence of cybercrime across the globe. This requires changes tolegislation drafted before the electronic age. Outdated laws result in impunity, with the country a safe haven for cybercriminals, while e-government transactions may be unprotected and may therefore be discouraged. Cameroon’s e-laws of 2010 (cybersecurity and electronic communications) provide a legal framework for the protection of ICT networks and critical infrastructures, creating an enabling environment for e-government services. These research notes highlight the importance of the e-laws for effective Cameroonian public administration, and discuss the challenges for implementation of e-government
Cameroon e-laws 2010, e-government in Cameroon, cybersecurity
Asongwe, P.N. (2012). e-Government and the Cameroon cybersecurity legislation 2010: Opportunities and challenges. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 12, 157-163. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19714