The Zimbabwean army is aiming to monitor social media ,causing panic among civilians and human right groups
Well this doesn’t inspire hope…..
In a recent statement at a 25-week military training camp Zimbabwe National Army commander Edzai Chimonyo has stated that the army is opting to begin monitoring social media communications between Zimbabwean civilians. Excerpts from the speech can be read below as follows :
“As commander of the Zimbabwe National Army, I am happy that the course laid a proper foundation in the areas of cyber security, which pose a dangerous threat to our national security.”
“Social media poses a dangerous threat to our national security. Social media is one of the tools that is being used for misinformation and I believe that your training has been an eye opener to the rigors and realities of technological advancements.”
“The issue of regulating the digital space should be done in a structured manner whereby there is a law that comes into effect. In this case the Ministry of ICT is drafting a Cyber Crime and Data Protection Bill which combines two broad thematic areas. We only hope that the government is coming up with this law for the purpose of enhancing communication through the digital space rather than shutting it down.”
Hopefully such a bill can actually be drafted, along with a less aggressive army policy on social media being implemented, especially considering recent history such as last January’s Internet Shutdowns.