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ERIC Number: ED551711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 146
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-1624-5
An Exploratory Multi-Method Analysis of Cybercrime Perpetrators' Perceptions to Combat Cyber Crime in Sub Saharan Africa: The Case of Cameroon
Akuta, Eric Agwe-Mbarika
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
The past decade has projected much of Africa as a haven for cybercrime perpetration. This view was widely evidenced in Cameroon, a country regarded as a miniature Africa due to its diverse socio-cultural, economic and political characteristics. In spite of efforts by government to curb cybercrime, the perpetration rate has not declined due to a rapid increase in Internet connectivity, of which criminals have taken great advantage of. To mitigate the effects of criminal activity, the government and foreign partners put together measures to fight cybercrime. While these measures are currently being implemented and others sought, no effort has been made to investigate the contribution that cybercrime perpetrators themselves can add to solve this problem. This study investigated the perception of cybercrime perpetrators on the antecedents to combat cybercrime in Cameroon and reasons for these perceptions. To procure these perceptions, this study reviewed related literature on existing measures in Cameroon and other Sub-Saharan African countries. A Perpetrators' Centered Strategic Cybercrime Prevention Model (PCSCPM) modified from the Situational Crime Prevention Model was adopted. Three conceptual models (Cost Element, Benefit Element and Justification Element) that identify applicable indicators were developed. Four main hypotheses (Perceived Risk, Perceived Effort, Anticipated Rewards and Excuse Committing) were used to establish the interrelationships that exist between the constructs and the rate of cybercrime perpetration. An empirical survey that targeted perpetrators was designed and responses used to test the research model and answer research questions. Using the Structural Equation Model (PLS), the study found that the overall model accounted for 63% of the rate of cybercrime perpetration in Cameroon. Perpetrators perceived that if policy makers and administrators enacted specific laws and took practical steps that increased the perceived risk of engaging in cybercrime; increased the perceived effort involved in committing cybercrime; and reduced the anticipated rewards from cybercrime perpetration, the rate of cybercrime perpetration would plummet. Perpetrators also thought that the excuses advanced for committing cybercrime did not influence their decision on whether or not to engage in cybercrime perpetration. The study was concluded with an insight of some implications for future research, practice and policy implementation recommendations. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cameroon