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Cybersecurity Bill returns to Senate for a correction

The Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill which recently passed through the Senate without any debate has been recommitted to the same body over some errors through Standing Order number 158. This basically means that there are some clauses to the bill that need further attention and after this phase has been completed the Cybersecurity Bill […]

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 […]

ZimRights & MISA file urgent chamber application to stop search of Econet premises

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe together with Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) filed an urgent application with the High Court forbidding the ZRP and CID from searching Econet’s premises and obtaining a database containing all subscriber details. MISA & ZimRights argue that the warrant of search and seizure threatens citizens’ various fundamental rights, […]

Are We Any Closer To Universal Internet Access In Zimbabwe?

The Pioneers of the Internet may have had early imaginings of what their contributions would do to change global communication. They couldn’t however have imagined the scope and scale their work would reach. In the second decade of the 21st century it’s anyone’s guess why the internet hasn’t yet been classified as a public utility. […]

Media Institute Of Southern Africa Zim Calls For Slashing Of Mobile Data Prices During Covid-19 Crisis

Media Institute of Southern Africa Zimbabwe (MISA Zimbabwe) has called for mobile operators in the country to slash data as the country tries to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. With companies closing offices left, right and centre as the country goes into lockdown, a number have said staff will be working from home […]

MISA Zimbabwe Condemns Attack Against Rights Of Content Creators

After the arrest of online content creators Samantha Kureya (Gonyeti) and Sharon Chideu (Maggie) by CID officers, MISA Zimbabwe has released a statement defending the online content creators and called out the government for using such tactics for censorship purposes. The two content creators were charged with criminal nuisance for disturbing public peace by wearing […]

MISA And Its Army Of Lawyers Agree With Us: The Order To Shutdown The Internet Was Not Lawful

Early today we published our opinion on whether the internet shutdown was lawful or not. Econet’s Strive Masiyiwa claims that his companies were following a legal directive issued in terms of the law when they shutdown Zimbabwe’s internet. I could not disagree more, while it is true that Zimbabwe’s government forced Econet and others to […]

Here’s a copy of Zimbabwe’s draft Data Protection Bill, the law meant to protect you from data theft

One other piece of ICT legislation that’s also on the cards s the draft Data Protect Bill. It’s meant to be the piece of legislation that governs how personal information is processed by public and private entities while guarding against the illegal collection and use of personal data.

MISA & POTRAZ open dialogue on net neutrality as Zimbabwean internet use falls prey to silos

Earlier today the Media Insititute of Southern Africa (MISA) and the local telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, brought together the country’s internet service providers and mobile networks operators for a discussion on net neutrality.

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 […]

Zimbabwe’s Internet Governance Conference: A summary so far

We have just concluded the first session of the MISA Governance Conference. Here is a summary of the event so far.

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.