Open Internet News

6th April 2021

Zambia’s Newly Enacted CyberCrime Law Challenged In Court

By MISA’s Writer |

Zambian civil society organisations have approached the High Court in Lusaka accusing the government of violating the Constitution through the enactment of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act.

Chapter One Foundation, Bloggers of Zambia, Gears Initiative, People’s Action for Accountability and Good Governance in Zambia and the Alliance for Community Action, argue that the new law contains provisions…

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4th April 2021

Who Will Still Be Logged in When Data Tax Kicks In?

By Angella Nampewo |
Summary

It is my hope that if this amendment passes, it will not result in many unintended consequences in unforeseen areas because if there is an extra Shs120 on top of the cost of every 100MBs, some people might really think hard about whether or not they need to be online and for how long, meaning that whichever business…

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29th March 2021

Countdown to South Africa’s New Data Laws – What to Expect

By Jamie Mckane |

South Africa is preparing for the full implementation of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), which will take effect from 1 July 2021.

In a statement on Wednesday 24 March, the government noted that the 100-day countdown to this date was underway and there were numerous processes that were being implemented to ensure all public and private bodies…

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27th March 2021

Gagging Free Speech by Computer Misuse Act, Films and Stage Plays Act – Part 1

By Mugambi Kiai, Gakii Winfred and Sigi W |

Authorities are deploying tyrannical practices to stifle public commentary on social and political issues, with wanton impunity. This is a frontal and brutal assault on the Constitution and an egregious violation of the social contract between the state and citizens.
“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of…

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26th March 2021

Zambia Okays Tough Cyber Law Sparking Fears Over Misuse

By Barron’s Writer |

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Friday said he had signed into law a bill criminalising cyber abuse which critics alleged could be misused to stifle dissent ahead of upcoming elections.

Lungu signed the bill on Tuesday, his office said, adding that the president hoped it would “bring sanity in the way the internet is used in Zambia”.

“This is purely…

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Facial Recognition Beats the Covid-mask Challenge

By James Clayton |
Anyone with a smartphone that uses facial recognition will know it does not really work with a mask on.

That can be frustrating – but although masks have undoubtedly thwarted the facial-recognition industry, the technology has also adapted.

It may sound strange but wearing a mask does not necessarily stop a computer from identifying someone.

And there are even…

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25th March 2021

Facebook Interdicted in Fight With South Africa’s GovChat

By Duncan McLeod |

Facebook has been interdicted and restrained by the Competition Tribunal from removing GovChat, a communications service used by the South African government, from its WhatsApp instant messaging platform.

The tribunal said on Thursday that Facebook, WhatsApp and Facebook South Africa may not remove GovChat on an interim basis pending further investigation. Facebook owns the WhatsApp messaging platform, which is dominant…

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24th March 2021

Namibia and Sierra Leone’s Digital Rights Record to be Assessed at the 38th Session of the Universal Peer Review

By Edrine Wanyama |

Namibia and Sierra Leone are among the countries that will undergo their Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the upcoming 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council slated to take place in May 2021. The two countries have distinct human rights and governance track records, accompanied by  increasing digitalisation, making it important that the UPR recommendations…

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