The Upsurge Of Cyber Crime In Uganda: Where The Gaps And Loops Lie; An Analysis Of The Need For Legislative And Policy Framework

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Makerere Law Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, p.85-97 (2013)


<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;"><em>The author is a Ugandan advocate with an <span data-scayt_word="LLB" data-scaytid="1">LLB</span> for <span data-scayt_word="Makerere" data-scaytid="2">Makerere</span> University, Kampala and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, Kampala.</em><br />&nbsp;E-mail address:</span></span><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">&nbsp;<br /><span data-scayt_word="Cybercrime" data-scaytid="3">Cybercrime</span> has become a common criminal practice in the advancement of the current global village. The internet has been most misused through the manifestation of the different forms of <span data-scayt_word="cybercrime" data-scaytid="4">cybercrime</span>. Very many negative impacts have been carried alongside technological breakthroughs. They have been often categorized as social and economic development problems or challenges. Uganda has not been alien to this particular challenge and indeed faces more of the problems that are associated with the use of the internet and cyber space. This paper looks at <span data-scayt_word="cybercrime" data-scaytid="5">cybercrime</span> as a problem to reckon on. It looks into the major challenges that Uganda faces when it comes to cyber-crime especially in relation to abuse of the internet or Cyber space. It specifically looks into the gaps that arise from the lack of proper legislative measures aimed at fighting cyber-crime. It looks at the need for adoption of better legislation by Uganda to counter the high hopes of the embracing of electronic commerce. This paper thus considers cyber-crimes as a global challenge that needs joint effort of the global community for smooth technological advancement alongside other developments and advancements.</span></span><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p>