CYBERSECURITY education and awareness should be prioritised in order to enhance the safety and security standards of citizens on the internet, Bloggers of Zambia has said.
The organisation’s 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.
Bloggers Chief Executive Officer Richard Mulonga has indicated that 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,” Mr Mulonga said in a statement issued in Lusaka and made available to the Techwatch News.
Admittedly, the CEO has further said there are major challenges on the internet that require adequate legislation to make the online spaces safe and secure for all, including children, women and girls but this legislation must be participatory.
Mr Mulonga added, “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”.
The Blogger of Zambia has also called on 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.
Mr Mulonga said in the era of escalating misinformation and harmful content online, Zambians should endeavour to verify and check the facts of all the information before sharing it on the internet.