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    Conclusion

    Module 7: Cybercrimes

    Although the rise of cybercrimes must be addressed, a growing trend of using cybercrimes legislation to clamp down on dissent and free speech is deeply concerning.  While the internet is a rapidly evolving space, legislation can and should be designed to include specific protections for online harms both at an individual level, such as cyberstalking, and at a societal level, such as regulating the flow and use of personal data.  Social media companies also have a role to play in ensuring that their platforms are not used for the distribution of illegal and harmful content.  More generally, there is a need for countries in Africa to collaborate on an approach to tackling cybercrimes which are frequently transnational in nature.Although the rise of cybercrimes must be addressed, a growing trend of using cybercrimes legislation to clamp down on dissent and free speech is deeply concerning.  While the internet is a rapidly evolving space, legislation can and should be designed to include specific protections for online harms both at an individual level, such as cyberstalking, and at a societal level, such as regulating the flow and use of personal data.  Social media companies also have a role to play in ensuring that their platforms are not used for the distribution of illegal and harmful content.  More generally, there is a need for countries in Africa to collaborate on an approach to tackling cybercrimes which are frequently transnational in nature.