THE Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia Chapter says Government should begin creating engagement platforms on the development of cyber laws in the country to ensure an inclusive legislative process.
MISA Chairperson Hellen Mwale observes that the platforms will help stakeholders and citizens to provide inputs which she said are crucial for a proper legislation.
Ms Mwale has since appealed to government through the Ministry of Transport and Communications to provide more platforms of engagement for Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and other citizens for the purpose of developing cyber laws in the country.
Ms.Mwale added that “in as much as the cyber laws such as the proposed Cyber-crimes and Cyber security Bill of 2017 are meant to curtail bad practices on the internet, the same laws may end up infringing on citizen’s rights online if there is no digital rights literacy to the public.”
Speaking on behalf of Ms Mwale, MISA Zambia Board Member Martin Akende said there is urgent need for government and other stakeholders to enhance digital rights literacy programs to the public in order to educate citizens on their digital rights and how to effectively use online spaces.
Mr. Akende said this during multi-stakeholder engagement meeting on Digital Rights Literacy which is being spearheaded by MISA Zimbabwe under the DW Akademie