Internet stakeholders in Zimbabwe met in Harare on 21 September 2017 during MISA Zimbabwe’s second Internet Governance Multi-Stakeholder Conference to assess the status of digital rights in the country. The conference, held under the theme Promoting Freedom, Privacy and Security on the Internet, focused on current legislative processes to enact a cyber crimes and cyber-security law and internet access patterns in the country.

In his keynote address, Deputy Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Service, Dr Win Mlambo, said government recognises the importance of stakeholders convening to reach consensus on the regulation and development of the internet in Zimbabwe.

He recognised the value of the ‘symbiotic relationship’ created throughmulti stakeholder dialogue despite the challenges in striking a balance between privacy, security, freedom and business interests of profit making.

“An acknowledgement of this symbiotic relationship here in Zimbabwe is demonstrated by the adoption of the resolutions of the first Multi stakeholder held in 2015 …” said Mlambo…