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Martha O’Donovan to spend two more days in jail, bail hearing set for Wednesday

By now you know about Martha O’Donovan of Magamba TV was arrested. Martha, an American citizen, who has been resident in Zimbabwe for at least since February of this year, working as Projects manager at Magamba Network Trust was arrested and her charge sheet which popped up on Twitter revealed the charges to be: Subverting […]


Activist, O’Donovan, charged for attempting to overthrow Zimbabwean government using Twitter

A few days ago, a woman called Martha O’Donovan, who works for a local activist organisation called Magamba Network, was arrested by the Zimbabwean government on the charge of undermining the authority of the president with a tweet. Yes, a tweet, which you can read about here. There have been some further developments since. Today, a […]


Calls to #FreePastorEvan dominate Zimbabwe’s Twitter

Current trending topics on Zimbabwe’s Twitter are all related to Evan Mawarire, the man behind the #ThisFlag movement which has gained significant momentum since April when it started. Pastor Evan, as he has come to be known, was arrested today apparently for “inciting public violence and disturbing peace”. You can read more about his arrest here, here, […]


UN says online rights are also human rights and must be protected

In the last several days, some governments around the world raised their hands in solidarity with the importance of internet freedoms. The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council last week passed a landmark resolution which seeks protection of human rights on the Internet. The resolution is on “the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights […]


First Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum event held in Harare. Seeks input into governance

The internet levels the playing field in amazing ways and guarding this levelling effect is critically important.


Some takeaways from MISA Zimbabwe’s Internet Governance Conference

The second session of the MISA Internet Governance Conference held in Harare recently concluded with startups and online businesses sharing their experiences. The role of technical enablers in the form of Internet Providers and Mobile Operators would have been an interesting discussion, but unfortunately, only TelOne turned up. The discussion also brought onto the spotlight the […]


Here’s what to expect from the upcoming MISA Internet Governance Forum

MISA will hold an Internet Governance Conference which will dwell on Internet reach, sustainability, governance, content creation & dissemination. While the media will dwell on issues surrounding their viability, it is also prudent for general consumers to join the wider discussions towards coming up with an internet governance framework.


What should concern you about the ITU’s internet regulation meeting

Governments from all over the world are meeting in Dubai since 3 December to discuss regulating the internet or, in other words, censoring it. The meeting, called World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) is organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which is an arm of the United Nations.


US House of Representative passes CISPA. Here’s why we should be alarmed

On April 26 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by a vote of 248 against 168 despite a presidential veto threat and global opposition. Unlike its predecessor SOPA/PIPA which was opposed and didn’t last, CISPA has the support of large establishments such as Facebook, AT&T, Verizon, Oracle, Intel, Boeing, Nokia and many more.