Cyberlaw and the Covid-19 Pandemic

By: Sonny Zulhuda

This is a Keynote delivered in the International Students Colloquium on “Law and Development in the Era of the Pandemic” held by the Faculty of Law, Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) Yogyakarta, Indonesia today, 28th November 2020.

This topic has its background the following emerging risks: (1) Data exploitation through illicit requests of personal data for online services, Apps, etc; (2) Fraud and scam via fake accounts begging for donation, fake charities, etc. (3) Misinformation: Rise of citizen news portals with unaccountable stories – a test-bed for phishing attacks. (4) Unsecured online platforms prone to personal data breaches (online shopping, online meeting, social media, etc). (5) Rise of private surveillance.

During this pandemic, we witness several worrying trends which make it an increasingly good time to launch cyber-attacks: As people tend to collect information about the Pandemic, click on links and web pages, the spreading the misinformation is increasing. Also, people working from home and dealing with valuable data assets and confidential communications using home-based computers, are not subject to an adequate security protection and support as they normally have in proper office. Furthermore, the massive use of digital solutions lead to the mushrooming of various Apps for social networking, e-shopping, e-meeting, e-learning and cloud services. The problem is, they may not adequately be equipped with rigorous security and privacy measures or policies in installing, using and maintaining the programmes.

That is the background and trends my presentation is based on. More can be found in my slides. The slides (in pdf) can be downloaded HERE.

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