Hide Your Data!!!

Many people in the country are not yet conscious of the importance of personal data and the need for privacy leading to reckless use and divulgement on unsafe platforms. The absence of a culture of privacy and standalone governing policies has also worsened the situation according to a 2018 State of Internet Freedom in Africa […]

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Where Zimbabwe Cyber Bill divorces with the Constitution

#KnowYourBill By Watmore Makokoba While the constitution of Zimbabwe is laden with guarantees for people’s freedoms and rights, the proposed Cyber Bill, on the other hand, is a stumbling block to those provisions! Section 6 of the Cyber-crimes Bill reads “Any person who unlawfully and intentionally secures unauthorized access to data, a computer programme, a […]

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Cyber Bill ; three loopholes that ruins the soup!

#KnowYourBill  By Watmore Makokoba Ambiguous statutes are toxic, they are liable to abuse. They can be twisted and if well justified in the court of law they can land innocent people in jail or results in prejudice! One such a law is Cyber Bill, some of the clauses in this bill are not clearly spelt […]

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Soldiers Now Training in Cyber Warfare

By Wisdom Mumera In a move that is a reflection of the increasing importance and sensitivity of social media to political and state security dynamics, the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) is now training its members in cyber warfare. This was revealed by ZNA Chief of Staff (Quartermaster Staff), Major General Hlanganani Dube who was speaking […]

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Internet freedom still a dream in rural Zimbabwe

By Watmore Makokoba As internet booms in Zimbabwe; the rural folk still remain in limbo! There has been significant internet penetration in Zimbabwe spiced with the growth of the mobile industry in the past decade, but wait, have the rural folk see the light? People living in some rural areas in Zimbabwe have the meagre […]

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Statutory offence: should they have a place in Zimbabwe’s cyber law framework?

By Watmore Makokoba  Recently, Shadaya Tawona was recently convicted by a Harare magistrate on criminal insult after he retweeted a Tweet sent from an account purportedly belonging to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chairperson Priscilla Chigumba. Shadaya was charged and found guilty of contravening section 95 of the Criminal Law and Codification Act. Should this statutory offence have a place in […]

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Internet security; Beware, government is watching you!!

By Kalabash Contributor At a recently held Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum(ZIGF) conference, delegates were taken aghast when a Potraz representative revealed that government does online surveillance. Mr Tichafa Mujuru of the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) believes it will be folly for a government of this ‘day and age’ not to take […]

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Freedom of expression through social media; How far can ED go?

By Wisdom Mumera Unlike his predecessor, President Mnangagwa (ED) is projected as a liberal leader with an intent to opening up social spaces and political freedoms, will he live up to the task? Although there are still grey areas in as much as people’s freedoms are concerned, there has generally an improvement especially in the number […]

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Four key points that will make Zimbabwe Cyber Bill a gem

By Watmore Makokoba The words ‘Cyber Bill’ sounds familiar to Zimbabwe, largely because of fears it is one of those ‘made-to-look-good’ pieces of legislation meant to muzzle freedom of expression and access to information through the internet. As the bill is tabled to the House of Assembly, debates will be informed by some of these […]

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Four key points that will make Zimbabwe Cyber Bill a gem

By Watmore Makokoba The words ‘Cyber Bill’ sounds familiar to Zimbabwe, largely because of fears it is one of those ‘made-to-look-good’ pieces of legislation meant to muzzle freedom of expression and access to information through the internet. As the bill is tabled to the House of Assembly, debates will be informed by some of these […]

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