Democracy That Delivers #159: Zahid Jamil on Cybersecurity and Rule of Law

06.04.2019 | Louisa Tomar, Ken Jaques |
From right to left: podcast host Ken Jaques, co-host Louisa Tomar, and guest Zahid Jamil.


Zahid Jamil has over 20 years of experience a general law practitioner, where he specializes in technology (i.e. e-commerce, e-payments, and privacy), cybercrime and counterterrorism. Jamil has served as a cybercrime and cybersecurity consultant for the Council of Europe, the ITU-American Bar Association Cybercrime Model Law working group. He has also acted as an attorney and consultant for the US Government in various capacities and served as a special prosecutor for the Federal Investigation Agency of Pakistan, and is a member of the Commonwealth’s Cybercrime Experts working Group and Chairs the Cybercrime working group of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE). He is a qualified barrister with primary practices in Pakistan and the UAE as a member of the Bar at the Dubai International Financial Center Court and the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and serves as a Special Legal Consultant to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. In these capacities, he has drafted numerous pieces of legislation relating to cybercrime and cybersecurity.

During this podcast, Jamil, along with Louisa Tomar, Program Officer, Global Programs, and host Ken Jaques, discuss trends in cybersecurity and cybercrime legislation around the globe. Jamil suggested ways to improve cyber readiness in countries still coming online and what small and medium-sized businesses can do to protect themselves. Tomar referenced CIPE’s Digital Economy Enabling Environment Guide: Key Areas of Dialogue for Business and Policymakers, which includes guidance for business and regulators on cybersecurity legislation.

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