STPCD’s Cybersecurity Program involves assisting, guiding, and advising African governments, private entities, and organizations in developing and implementing robust and comprehensive cybersecurity policies and best practices in order to reduce threats to cyberspace. STPCD will ensure that the policies and best practices are consistent with protection of individual privacy, civil liberties, and Internet freedom. The Cybersecurity Program also involves offering education and awareness of cyber-threats and vulnerabilities.

STPCD’s current cybersecurity project involves mitigating cyber threats to Africa’s information and communications technology (ICT) network infrastructure. Over the last several years, African countries have made significant investments in increasing their ICT infrastructures and high-speed Internet; however, they have done so without much cybersecurity implementation or expertise. This lack of implementation and expertise, including cybersecurity policies and laws, has resulted in increased rate of malware-infected computer systems in Africa­­—higher than any other region in the world. Consequently, Africa has become a prime location from where cybercriminals can launch attacks.

In order to mitigate cyber threats and strengthen the reliability of Africa’s ICT infrastructure, STPCD is leveraging its wealth of expertise and experience to provide education and awareness of cyber threats related to Africa’s insecure infrastructure. STPCD will also provide detailed and practical guidance to African countries on developing and implementing robust, comprehensive cybersecurity policies, strategies, best practices, and legislation consistent with the protection of privacy rights, civil liberties, and Internet freedom.

Internet Policy

The Internet Policy Program undertakes projects that address issues impacting the use and operation of the Internet. The program supports Internet policies that protect individual privacy, civil liberties, and Internet freedom. Any policy framework governing the Internet should be developed in such a way as to enhance competition, innovation, free expression, and trust with minimal government intervention.

Emerging Technologies

The Emerging Technologies Program promotes policies that create an environment that fosters long-term development and deployment of new and emerging technologies. The program advocates for beneficial technology policies through interactions with government agencies and regulatory bodies in developing countries.

Patent Rights

The Patent Rights Program involves issues pertaining to protection of Patent Rights and its effective enforcement. The program’s functions include assisting developing countries with the development and enforcement of appropriate patent rights laws and policies, and providing education and awareness of patent rights.