Towards an Active Civil Society in Global Cybercrime Efforts

This project aims to provide civil society with the knowledge to contribute to cybercrime policies.

This multi-year project recognises the important role that an engaged and informed civil society can play in both prevention and response to cybercrime.

The work has a particular focus on the mainstreaming of gender and human rights into global cybercrime efforts. The ultimate goal is to strengthen effective and inclusive cybercrime policies, particularly at the UN level.

The aim is to increase knowledge among civil society organizations from around the world on key cybercrime concepts, issues and existing processes. It will also establish a platform that facilitates their input into the forthcoming UN cybercrime treaty negotiations.

Ultimately this will provide an opportunity for cybercrime policies which would both reduce impunity for cybercriminals and lead to a safer, open cyberspace, rooted in international cooperation and a human-centric approach.
The project will implement a series of complementary activities:

  • A training programme - for global civil society organisations, addressing key cybercrime issues;
  • Regional consultations - to provide global perspectives on measures, policies and priorities aimed at responding to cybercrime;
  • Track 1.5/2 meetings - running parallel to UN cybercrime meetings, allowing civil society input into the process with insights on gender and human rights;
  • An open-access special issue of the Journal of Cyber Policy - to explore different aspects of the cybercrime debate reflecting on the UN processes;
  • A policy outreach forum - to identify key observations for civil society organizations.