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Increasing computer and cellphone usage demands greater Internet security.

Online in Africa

April 2014, Number 05.02

“As the e-revolution sweeps across Africa, cyber security has become a major emerging challenge. The continent’s significant Internet penetration growth rates are challenging the notion of a global digital divide. Economies are growing, social structures are changing, and political systems are transforming. Maasai ranchers can check cattle market prices on their mobile phones, and Africa’s new high-speed undersea cables are leading an entrepreneurial boom in Kenya and Ghana. Rwanda’s Vision 2020 is a youth-led, knowledge-based economy, and the Nigerian government recently launched a “Single Window Trade Portal” to facilitate trade and standardize services. However, with dramatic growth and change come challenges and threats to security from cyber crime, intellectual property theft, espionage and cyber attacks. To ensure that Africa fully benefits from the e-revolution, the continent’s governments must take cyber security seriously, and nations worldwide can learn from Africa’s approach...”

Excerpt from Eric Young, “Online in Africa,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  5, No. 2, 2014: 36-39.

 Dr. Eric Young is a professor at the Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.