UNODC supports “digital ambassadors” in Senegal to educate the public of risks online

10- 2021    The UNODC Global Program on Cybercrime, based in West Africa, partnered with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications of Senegal, and with the local organization Cyber221 to launch a new initiative called the “Digital Ambassador” program.

The program selects young people in Senegal to act as “Digital Ambassadors” to visit neighborhoods and schools throughout the country to educate the general public on cyber safety. It is part of the awareness-raising activities that the Global Program is launching in celebration of Cyber October. 

The ambassadors are between 15 to 25 years old and have an interest or background in cyber. Through the program, the ambassadors will visit colleges, high schools, training institutes, neighborhoods, cultural and sports associations throughout Senegal to educate the public of risks online, and inform them of techniques and practices to protect themselves, their friends and family, and their communities.

“It has been proven that a population more aware of the risks on the Internet is less likely to fall victim to cybercriminals. We therefore welcome this Cyber ​​October initiative for Cyber ​​Security Awareness Month, and reaffirm our commitment to not only support the Government of Senegal in this awareness-raising work to protect its citizens, but also in its fight against cybercrime,” said the Regional Director of the UNODC Regional Bureau for West and Central Africa, Dr. Amado Philip de Andrés.

Youth are at particular risk of becoming victims of cybercrime, and often difficult to reach. The program, which seeks to build local partnerships, will also have a social media campaign and initiate thematic days / weeks, such as No cyber-harassment day !, Privacy week, and Good Practices Day, in order to disseminate prevention messages to a wide audience in Senegal.