Specific mandates are given at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to support member states in responding to cybercrime.
At the 2011 CHOGM, held in Sri Lanka, heads of government noted that: "The Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative and the recent endorsement of its methodology by senior officials of Commonwealth Law Ministries called for the provision of assistance to developing countries with their cybercrime issues."
This unifies the two strands of the Commonwealth’s mandate. Not only will the Commonwealth provide general policy assistance to member states in relation to cybercrime, but it will also continue to develop the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative (CCI), as a means of building capacity within member states.
This means that we will work in two ways:
The Commonwealth's primary mode of assisting member states is through the development of policy tools. This includes:
The Commonwealth represents the interests of member states at a variety of international fora. For example, CCI participates in the International Telecommunications Union’s Child Online Protection (‘COP’) Initiative. The Commonwealth Secretariat is also an observer on the Council of Europe’s Cybercrime Convention Committee.