PRESS STATEMENT

For Immediate Release

CEO RICHARD MULONGA

Lusaka, Zambia

BLOGGERS OF ZAMBIA WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A CLARION CALL FOR INCREASED CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION AND AWARENESS IN ORDER TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY STANDARDS OF CITIZENS ON THE INTERNET.

OUR CLARION CALL, COMES IN THE WAKE OF THE APPROVAL OF THE CYBER SECURITY AND CYBERCRIMES BILL OF 2021 BY CABINET. THE BILL WILL BE TAKEN TO PARLIAMENT FOR ENACTMENT INTO LAW.

WE ARE MAKING OUR CALL BECAUSE CYBER SECURITY AND CYBERCRIMES LAWS ARE BEING USED IN CERTAIN COUNTRIES TO INFRINGE OF INTERNET FREEDOMS AND SHUTTING DOWN THE INTERNET DURING EVENTS SUCH AS ELECTIONS AND PEACEFUL PROTESTS.

WHEN PROPERLY IMPLEMENTED, CYBER SECURITY LAWS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO INCREASE DIGITAL ACCESS AND ENHANCE THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION SUCH AS THE ONE ZAMBIA IS EXPERIENCING.

DURING OUR PARTICIPATION IN TWO OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INTERNAL LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS FOR THE REVIEW OF THE CYBER SECURITY AND CYBERCRIMES BILL, WE SHARED OUR OPINION FOR INTERNET LEGISLATION THAT WILL MAKE THE ONLINE SPACES SAFE AND SECURE FOR ALL. WE ALSO INDICATED THAT THERE WAS NEED FOR INTERNET LAWS AND POLICIES TO BE DEMOCRATIC, SPECIFIC AND MUST ENHANCE ONLINE RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, RATHER THAN USED TO SILENCE CITIZEN VOICES ONLINE.

ADMITTEDLY, THERE ARE MAJOR CHALLENGES ON THE INTERNET THAT REQUIRE ADEQUATE LEGISLATION TO MAKE THE ONLINE SPACES SAFE AND SECURE FOE ALL, INCLUDING CHILDREN, WOMEN AND GIRLS BUT THIS LEGISLATION MUST BE PARTICIPATORY.

WE REITERATE OUR POSITION THAT THE INTERNET HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT RESOURCE FOR THE REALISATION OF DEMOCRACY AND AS SUCH, WE NEED INTERNET GOVERNANCE PROCESSES THAT WILL ENHANCE THE DIGITAL RIGHTS OF USERS.

IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS, WE CALL UPON CITIZENS TO TAKE KEEN INTEREST IN INTERNET LAW AND POLICY FORMULATION PROCESSES THAT ARE GOING ON.

ADDITIONALLY, WE URGE ALL ZAMBIANS, BOTH LOCAL AND IN THE DIASPORA TO ENGAGE IN LEVEL-HEADED ACTIVITIES ON THE INTERNET RATHER THAN ENGAGE IN PROCESSES THAT EXPOSE OTHERS TO HARM.

IN THE ERA OF ESCALATING MISINFORMATION AND HARMFUL CONTENT ONLINE, WE URGE ZAMBIANS TO VERIFY AND CHECK THE FACTS OF ALL THE INFORMATION BEFORE SHARING ON THE INTERNET.

RICHARD MULONGA

CEO

BLOGGER OF ZAMBIA

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