Ghana: Increasing Internet Connectivity While Combatting Cybercrime

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Ghana: Increasing Internet Connectivity While Combatting Cybercrime

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Using Ghana as a case study, this paper by Caroline Baylon and Albert Antwi-Boasiako explores how to best promote Internet development in the country while simultaneously keeping cybercrime levels in check.

The first section of this paper considers how to promote the growth of Internet infrastructure in the region, looking at the current state of Internet connectivity in Ghana, root causes of Internet development challenges in the country and potential solutions to these challenges. The second section further details the link between increased Internet
connectivity and a growth in cybercrime. The third section focuses on how to combat cybercrime, examining the current state of cybercrime in Ghana, root causes of cybercrime challenges in the country and potential solutions to these challenges.

Given the interlinked nature of Internet development and cybercrime, the fourth section considers whether policy makers can develop an overarching strategy to tackle these problems. This includes making use of multiplier effects by concentrating efforts on the root causes of Internet development and cybercrime challenges that are common to both, such as poverty and corruption. It also includes taking a joint approach by holding regular meetings that bring all stakeholders together to discuss solutions to both challenges in a holistic manner.

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