SIGNIFICANT CYBERLAW TRENDS OF 2013

SIGNIFICANT CYBERLAW TRENDS OF 2013

BY

PAVAN DUGGAL
ADVOCATE, SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
PRESIDENT, CYBERLAWS.NET
PRESIDENT, CYBERLAW ASIA

I propose to examine some of the important trends which are likely to have impact upon the growth and evolution of cyberlaw jurisprudence across the world.

1. In 2013, the increased usage of mobile devices in different parts of the world could give rise to more mobile crime related activities.

2. A variety of legal, policy and regulatory issues pertaining to the mobile system are likely to further arise in 2013.

3. Mobile apps and connected legal issues could become more relevant as mobile apps could increasingly play havoc with the personal details of any user.

4. Mobile adware or mad-ware is likely to continue to consistently grow in 2013

5. Appropriate enabling frameworks that will help, protect and preserve the rule of law in the mobile ecosystem are likely to emerge in national legislations in this year.

6. The year 2013 is likely to see an increased quantum of cybercrimes across the world

7. Cyber terrorism is likely to continue to grow as a significant tool to propagate political methodology.

8. Cyber war is likely to emerge as a priority for any defence force of any sovereign nation in 2013.

9. It is likely that countries could be pushed to come up with appropriate legislative framework so as to deal with emerging, new kinds of cyber crimes.

10. There could be increased international pressure to escalate efforts to come up with appropriate international mechanisms so as to prevent the occurrence of cyber conflict and cyber war.

11. Countries are likely to pay far more attention to legal, regulatory and policy issues pertaining to cyber security in 2013.

12. Appropriate frameworks pertaining to legal aspects concerning cloud computing are likely to emerge as increased adoption of the cloud is likely to continue to consolidate in the year 2013.

13. Issues concerning privacy and data protection in the cloud computing scenario are likely to continue to gain significance and importance, as time passes by

14. Online privacy and data protection are likely to continue to be important topics as far as growth of cyberlaw jurisprudence in the year 2013 is concerned.

15. Increased adoption and usage of social media are likely to bring forward various complicated legal, policy and regulatory issues.

16. It could be possible that some nations may also come up with appropriate mechanisms so as to regulate some portions of content on social media.

17. Inappropriate usage of social media is likely to engage the attention of the lawmakers globally.

18. Concept of privacy in the context of social media is further likely to be eroded in 2013.

19. Spam is likely to engage the attention of lawmakers in different countries , as spam in cyber and mobile environments pose increasing challenges to digital commerce and users/netizens.

20. There is likely to be significant increase in phishing and identity theft instances at a global level.

The aforesaid are some of more significant and important Cyberlaw trends that are likely to emerge in the year 2013. The aforesaid list is only illustrative in nature and is no by means exhaustive. The said list has been collated, based on existing tends on the ground. The present trends have been derived on analysis of the existing jurisprudence on Cyberlaw up-to-date.

The author Pavan Duggal is Asia’s leading Cyberlaw expert and authority. He can be contacted at pavan@pavanduggal.net and pduggal@vsnl.com

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