Closing the Digital divide is critical in COVID-19 response, says experts

By Michelle Chifamba In response to the global pandemic (COVID-19), the government of Zimbabwe has forced schools, businesses and other sectors of the economy to close, while people have been urged to practise social distancing. During this shutdown or lock-down, the internet becomes the only way for people to get information about how to survive …

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DOWNLOAD: Keep It On, Internet shutdowns in the World

Compared to 2018, internet shutdowns in Africa grew by 47%. While there were 17 incidents recorded in 2018, we documented at least 25 in 2019. In addition to the increase in incidents, there was also a significant increase in the number of African countries that shut down the internet. There were 10 such countries in 2018, and at least 14 in 2019. …

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Our tablets have no sim-card slots, how do we use them: MP

Kadoma Central legislator Muchineripi Chinyanganya has asked Parliament to explain how they are supposed to use their new Samsung tablets adding that they have no sim-card slots. Legislators received (Samsung) ICT-tablets a few weeks ago in a move meant to reduce printing costs for Parliament, however, the legislators appear to be having a torrid time …

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We are used to I-phones, teach us to use Samsung, says MPs

Legislators have asked Parliament to make an arrangement for them to be taught on how to use Samsung tablets, adding that they are used to I-phones. The tablets are part of a long list of luxury demands that legislators have made to the government in the past years. Speaking in the National Assembly, Norton legislator …

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Its not Huawei Technologies alone, there are other Chinese firms exempted, says Govt

Government has revealed that there are many other Chinese companies besides Huawei Technologies that are exempted from paying tax in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe announced a few weeks ago through a Statutory Instrument 25 of 2020 that Huawei Technologies was exempted from paying tax backdated to 2009, however, the announcement was received with mixed feelings by members …

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Govt finally buys Samsung tablets for MPs

Legislators have started receiving their tablets which they demanded from Parliament during the pre-budget seminar in 2018. The Samsung Tablets will also see Parliament discarding the printing of Order Papers and other documents that are used by legislators in conducting Parliament business. This development was announced by the Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda …

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Show us the money, then we licence you says BAZ

By Joel Mandaza The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) says it will only issue community radio licenses to those who show the financial capacity to run the stations. This comes on the back of increased calls for the government to license community-based radio stations since the appointment of the new BAZ board this year. Speaking …

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Cyber Bill should respect human rights

By Mark Matambirofa Some members of the public have called on the government to ensure that the upcoming Cyber Crime, Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill does not infringe on people’s rights adding that it should be used to promote the safe use of internet in the country. Zimbabwe is in the process of coming …

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Cyber Bill should respect human rights

By Mark Matambirofa Some members of the public have called on the government to ensure that the upcoming Cyber Crime, Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill does not infringe on people’s rights adding that it should be used to promote the safe use of internet in the country. Zimbabwe is in the process of coming …

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