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Central for Policy & International Cooperation


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With the Internet assuming a central role in society, its weaknesses have also come to the fore. Increasingly, we are witnessing cyber criminals exploiting network vulnerabilities, terrorists using the Internet for information exchange and communication, data loss and data breaches, identity theft and commercial data profiling and linking. At the country-level, the Internet also brings with it uncertainty; concerning applicable laws, jurisdiction and law enforcement in global networks and the protection of its citizens and critical infrastructures.

New policies, regulations and frameworks are needed to create order and stability as well as to establish trust and prevent abuse of the Internet. Moreover, in order to be effective, these policies, must be applicable across national borders; hence the need for efforts aimed at the harmonisation of policies, regulations and legal frameworks at the international level. Developed countries will need to review their existing policies, regulations and frameworks to bring them up-to-date with the constantly evolving technology, while in the developing world, concerted efforts are needed to get countries to adopt effective policies and best-practises so that they do not themselves become safe-havens for cyber criminal activity.

The Centre for Policy serves as IMPACT’s public policy think tank, focused on the study and management of new challenges and cyber threats arising from the ubiquitous use of the Internet; and its effect on society with the aim of creating a more secure global cyberspace.

Collaborating with organisations such as the ITU and other UN agencies, INTERPOL, Council of Europe and the OECD, among others, IMPACT’s Centre for Policy is well placed, being at the heart of discussions and activities that shape global policies affecting cyber space. While this forms a vital part of its work, the Centre for Policy is not only engaged in issue- analysis and the promotion of policies, but is also uniquely positioned to help governments of the world put these policies into practice. With a potential of 193 partner countries and collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union, the Centre is able to distil best practices from around the world, develop effective policies and help disseminate them among IMPACT’s partner countries. The Centre is also able to leverage on the work of IMPACT’s Global Response Centre as well as the other divisions within IMPACT to provide leading edge knowledge and technological solutions to partner countries.

 

This approach, which combines the theoretical, practical as well as social and technological aspects, is our source of strength. Through this, IMPACT’s partner countries can individually strengthen their national cybersecurity posture, while collectively strengthening the global cybersecurity environment.

The current focus of the Centre for Policy is the following:

Promotion of cyber laws and the global harmonisation of national cybercrime legislation
Awareness raising and mitigation of cyber crime and other forms of cyber threats
Promotion of child online protection issues and solutions

Related to this, the Centre conducts and disseminates policy research on current issues related to cyber threats, including cyber crime, cyber law and child online protection. The Centre also provides advisory services to interested member countries on policy and regulatory matters relating to cyber security. Besides this, the Centre aims to create awareness and foster international cooperation through various outreach activities as well as specific programmes such as the annual IMPACT World Cyber Security Summit (IMPACT-WCSS).


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