n Malawi Law Journal - A case for cybercrime legislation in Malawi

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1996-7675



Information and communication technologies (ICTs) continue to bring positive change to both developed and developing countries worldwide. Malawi, as is the case with many other countries in Africa, has recognised the need to incorporate ICTs in its strategies for economic and social development. Unfortunately, the positive benefits derived from ICTs are undermined by those who use ICTs for purposes of committing crime. The convergence between ICTs and crime, or what is commonly referred to as 'cybercrime', is today a global security nightmare, affecting both developed and developing countries. Efforts to deal with the problem are being made at international, regional and domestic levels, and calls are being made for individual countries to enact laws dealing with cybercrime. Within the Southern African Development Community, countries have already enacted such legislation while others are in the process of doing so. Malawi is one of the few countries in the region that is yet to initiate efforts to enact cybercrime legislation. This article makes out a case for Malawi to consider enacting such legislation, and to do so as a matter of urgency.

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