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Cybercrime policies/strategies

Nauru does not have a cybersecurity or cybercrime policy/strategy, though an attempt was made in 2011 in this respect by the International Telecommunication Union – European Commission joint project for “Capacity Building and ICT Policy, Regulatory and Legislative Frameworks support for Pacific Island Countries” (ICB4PAC) under a national consultation framework.

Some ideas about Nauru’s priorities in this area however can be gleaned from the revised version of its original 2005 development strategy as the National Sustainable Development Strategy 2019-2030 (Revised 2019) (NSDS). Among its relevant key priorities, with respect to the social and community sector, and ensuring a sustainable quality of life, the NSDS proposes developing appropriate strategies to support improved communications and a stronger judiciary (p. 14); with respect to the cross-cutting sector and governance institutions, the focus should be on addressing outdated legislation; increasing qualified manpower; reducing the court’s backlog and addressing issues of gender and child-based violence (p. 16). The NSDS also assesses that “the challenges for public administration include high staff turnover, loss of key staff due to agencies competing for the same pool of workers and the high dependence of the government ministries on a paper-based system” (p. 16).

Specialised institutions

In 2019, Nauru has created a cybersecurity awareness team and has also worked on the RFC 2350 protocol to establish a National CERT. Its main focus will be to raise awareness of governmental network (target to most threats) and to be a point of contact for all governments. For now, they plan only to engage in awareness campaigns and not on response.

Minister For Telecommunications and Media

Nauru Police Force has a dedicated Cyber Crime Unit.

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Jurisprudence/case law

Implementation of the Cybercrime Act is still considered as a novelty and a challenge. The existence of the Cybercrime Act 2015 has not generated prosecutions so far. However, the Government is working towards developing the necessary capacity to implement its legislation.

Sources and links


Legislative workshop on cybercrime and electronic evidence in Nauru

Reports and research:

Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Jan 2021);

Internet under threat? The politics of online censorship in the Pacific Islands (Nov 2018), Romitesh Kant, Jason Titifanue, Jope Tarai and Glenn Finau, Pacific Journalism Review, 24(2):64-83;

Situation Analysis of Children in Nauru (Dec 2017), UNICEF;

2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Nauru

Databases and institutions:

RONLAW: Nauru’s online legal database (for easier access – use the Advanced search function; choosing to search in the Whole Document excludes the title of the document);

GFCE Cybil Portal

Global Organised Crime Index

Tools on Cybercrime & Electronic Evidence Empowering You!

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