With the kick-off of awareness campaigns on cybercrime, as part of the Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria, in 2008, public conversation has continued to gravitate towards why government has not taken the menace as serious as other issues that have less impact on the economy. Cybercrime is largely seen at the level of minor financial loss in Nigeria, and we are working on a documentary that will highlight what the economic cost is to Nigeria, Nigerians and Nigerian businesses, with the hope that it can stimulate a new level of discussions leading to legislative and additional action on the problem of cybercrime in Nigeria.
The challenge of making the internet safe informed the need to raise awareness through the social campaign that involved sensitization workshops in selected schools, one-day events and deliberate follow-up projects including discussions with legislators and other stakeholders that can ensure appropriate legislative action towards eradicating cybercrime in Nigeria. The annual social campaign directed the spotlight to the issue of internet safety while also providing a platform for other industry players to work together. This follow-up project seeks to produce a short (15 minutes) documentary on the economic cost of cybercrime in Nigeria. The short video will be made available via online channels, multimedia distribution and traditional media partners, towards the aim of reaching as many young people, businesses and policymakers as possible with the message. It is hoped that the message will drive a new wave of conversation on the need for legislative action and additional efforts towards curbing cybercrime in Nigeria, and providing alternatives to at-risk youth.
The video documentary will be made available to ALL legislators in relevant committees. It is short enough to catch attention, but long enough to give details of the real economic cost of cybercrime
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