In the last report, I mentioned the need for more advocacy. And I'm now glad to announce that we've just secured a grant from the World Bank Civil Society Fund to complete a 6-month project that will kick off the advocacy component of the anti-cybercrime project. Please see details of planned activities below:
(a) Preparatory Activities: The project website and online petition will be set up with adequate information about the anti-cybercrime campaign, the possible role of citizens in promoting required legislation and specific action-steps for involvement in the anti-cybercrime civic campaign. July 2011
(b) Activity Announcement: The World Bank-supported activity will be announced on this year’s International Youth Day as a call to young Nigerians to take action through civic participation towards the resumption of work towards the passage of the “cybercrime bill”. August 12, 2011
(c) Online Mobilization: An online petition will be set up to collect signatures from young Nigerians and others, towards the success of the presentation to the National Assembly. August 12 – September 30, 2011
(d) Stakeholders’ Meeting: A 1-day stakeholders’ meeting will be convened as a platform for young people to discuss the problem of cybercrime and how it is our civic responsibility to support legislative processes. This will be hosted by PIN and the World Bank Country Office in Nigeria, in partnership with Microsoft, the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, and other project partners. October/November 2011
(e) Abuja Visit: Selected participants will join PIN to visit relevant committees and leadership of the National Assembly to present the petition and letter requesting for the resumption of discussions, and accelerated passage of the much-needed cybercrime bill. November/December 2011
(f) Activity Report: An activity report will be submitted to the World Bank and archived on the project website. January 2012
(g) Post-event follow-up: Post-civic engagement activities will include continued stakeholder discussions supported by project partners and continued discussions with relevant institutions that can work towards the passage of the “cybercrime bill”. From January 2012
Thank you for your support for PIN's desire to combat cybercrime in Nigeria.
We appreciate the donation received and wish to update everyone on the progress of the project.
Unfortunately, the expected cybercrime bill was not passed in the legislative year going to an end, hence the need to resume work when a new legislative year opens in June 2011. We had hoped that the bill would be passed, and that this training project will serve as a model we can propose to the agency that the bill will create. As this is not the case, some of our partners have expressed concerns that an unclear cybercrime regime within law may affect the way trainees of the project will be perceived.
We'll return to our lobbying mode from June 2011, and will now focus more on getting the agency (to be created by the bill) to adopt this model for their work. We will work with them, offer our expertise and inform all stakeholders of possible progress. To this end, we will be closing this project in order to begin the campaign for our new project, TENT Workshop Series. Please see http://www.pinigeria.org/projects.php#tent for more information.
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