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Cyber Bill now priority as Govt looks to “deal with those spreading falsehoods”

A few days ago, the Minister of Justice Ziyambi Ziyambi told the Daily News that the government was prioritising the Cyber Crime Bill. In fact, parliament hopes to “cover a lot of ground on it” this week. It’s normally a good thing when legislators prioritise bills that govern the digital space. In our case, there […]

The doomed cybersecurity effort

The cyber security bill has been the talk of the nation for a while now. People are already misinterpreting several parts of it, as is common with legislation. Our focus today is not on the bill and its contents but rather the doomed nature of it all in the global scope of information technology and […]

Here’s where this week’s public consultations on the Cyber Security Bill are being held

The parliament recently issued a notice to the effect that the next public consultations and hearings on the Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill are being held. The hearings will be held between 6-10 July, virtually and physically (venues below) by 3 parliament teams. The teams will cover various places in Zimbabwe as follows: TEAM 1 Date Place Venue Time ofHearing Monday, 6 July 2020 […]

Cyber Crime Bill Finally Gets Cabinet Approval

The Cyber Crime, Security and Data Protection Bill which was drafted back in 2016 has finally been approved by the Cabinet. The bill will now be tabled in parliament for debate but no timelines were shared for when we can expect this to be done. The bill seeks to combat cyber crime and increase cyber […]

What Can Be Done About Cyberbullying & Cyber Harassment?

I was approached by a fellow executive on how he could legally pursue and remove malicious information that is online. For years, Zimbabwean high profile individuals, executives and business owners have fallen victim to cyberbullying, Cyber Harassment and revenge p*rn. The internet has had a massive impact on many areas of personal and professional life, […]

Former Minister Calls For Serious Cyber Laws Because Social Media ‘Rumour Mongering’ Is Resulting In Price Hikes

Former Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Obendigwa Mguni has called for the government to regulate social media by implementing strong cyber laws. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Mguni raised his concerns with the freedoms available on social media and his belief is that this is what is impacting the economy; Madam Speaker Ma’am, I saw today […]

PresidentMnangagwa Promises A New Cyber Security Bill, We’ve Heard This Before…

President Mnangagwa gave his State Of the Nation Address yesterday and though there wasn’t much mentioned about tech and the ICT industry one of the more interesting bits came when the President talked about cybersecurity. Mnangagwa hinted at the work that was being done on a total of three separate bills: To mitigate the security […]

It Has Taken 12 Years To Come Up With The Cyber Security Bill. Let’s Get It Over And Done With

The text below is the body of a letter that was written by ZICT Chairman, Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi and sent to the Speaker of Parliament, the Clerk of Parliament and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on ICT. The letter also went to the Office of the President and Cabinet and the AG’s office. From […]

Video: Chinamasa is now handling Cyber Security. But is he the right guy?

The recent cabinet reshuffle has seen Patrick Chinamasa as the Minister of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. But is he well equipped to be proficient in this field? Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your […]

What is the role of Cyber Security Minister Chinamasa?

As you may know now there was a cabinet reshuffle yesterday and a new ministry popped up. The Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. The minister being outgoing Finance minister Patrick Antony Chinamasa. As this news broke, jokes were made that Chinamasa is now the WhatsApp group admin for Zimbabwe. Memes popped up […]

Ownai, the new Tengai experiences brief downtime, some suspect another hack

Ownai, the new version of Tengai wasn’t accessible for an extended interval, with visitors to the URL being directed to a page carrying a 504 Gateway Timeout error message. Usually, this is diagnosed as a network error between servers, but because of the history that Tengai had with security breaches, some people have opined that this could have been another attack.

BYOD: Is Zim ready for Enterprise Mobile?

The advancement in technology has seen Zimbabwean companies trailing in the type and quality of devices available at the work place. As a result employees have tended to bring their own devices into the workplace. Whether that indeed increases productivity and companies should adopt BYOD is a good point to ponder.

Isn’t it time Zimbabwe took a tougher stance on porn?

It would seem that the dark side of tech in the form of things like porn has had a clear effect on children. Isn’t it time for national law to be drafted to ban pornography or to at least start regulating it in a clearer way? It’s already illegal, but there is no legislation against accessing it. So perhaps, banning access to certain sites would work.

The realities of porn in a digital world: What should be done in Zim?

Yesterday,the news coming out of the United Kingdom  was that revenge porn had been officially classified as a crime with legislation passed that can see offenders who break this new law face up to 2 years in prison. Revenge porn is when an ex lover shares any sexually explicit content with your image (pictures, videos) […]

Zimbabwe’s ICT Policy under final review as eTech Africa enters day 2

Today is the second and final day of eTech Africa, the conference and expo organised by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of ICT. Yesterday there were different presentations made by different stakeholders with an interest in the state of ICT in Zimbabwe. The proceedings for today will be centred on the final review and recommendations for the new National […]

Zimbabwe ICT Policy, cyber-crime bill are nowhere in sight

It’s been 9 years since the Zimbabwean government made a pledge to come up with legislation to curb cyber crime. Of course, there’s no point in holding on to political pledges really. It’s just that it helps give a clear indication of how long we’ve been kicking an issue around. Now that we are in 2015, what […]

Never mind foreign spy agencies, there is a monster right under your bed

The latest Snowden revelations about a hack by the NSA and the GCHQ into Gemalto’s computer network reportedly to steal sim-card encryption keys have understandably caused a bit of a global panic. Local mobile telecoms service providers such as NetOne, who are clients of Gemalto, have also likely been affected, and a concern persists whether […]

Dealing with Baba Jukwa: POTRAZ crafting cyber security laws

It has been reported that the Parliament of Zimbabwe was told yesterday by representatives from local regulator, POTRAZ, that cyber-security laws were being crafted to deal with cyber attacks as well as social media infractions from bloggers like Baba Jukwa. Responding to concerns raised by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on ICT chaired by Nelson Chamisa, POTRAZ acting director-general […]