On July 12, 2017, a coalition of websites, technology companies, digital rights organizations, and Internet users in the United States joined forces to defend a democratizing idea that matters for Zimbabwe, especially in the final months of Robert Mugabe’s dictatorship: net neutrality.
As law enforcement and counterterrorism agencies of leading democracies and authoritarian countries relentlessly push for back doors to secure encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp, strong encryption is needed in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe now more than ever before.
Internal Facebook documents recently reviewed by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom, reveal that the social media behemoth’s censors often condone hate speech by white men but punish racialized minorities and activist groups for legitimate political expression.
“When we live connected to a community, we are more likely to become champions for one another, not just for ourselves,” writes Sarah van Gelder, the co-founder and editor at large of YES! Magazine.
The cybersecurity debate can undermine human rights and the international obligation on governments to protect them, argues Lucy Purdon, a policy officer at Privacy International.
Mugabe surrendered Zimbabweans’ US$2.76 billion to multinational corporations through “illicit financial flows”
An eye-opening report released by the Washington, D.C.-based Global Financial Integrity in December 2015 reveals an inconvenient truth: Between 2004 and 2013, Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe lost a staggering US$2.76 billion to multinational corporations through “illicit financial flows”.
In the 1980s, while still labelling Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) political party a “typical terrorist organisation,” Margaret Thatcher’s government wooed the South African apartheid regime with promises of a “Marshall Plan for southern Africa”.
WikiLeaks’ “Vault 7” leak reveals the CIA’s dangerous global hacking arsenal. The dump confirms that encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp remain Zimbabweans’ first line of defence against the Mugabe government’s burgeoning digital authoritarianism.
First introduced in August 2016 as an anti-hacking law for the digital age, Robert Mugabe’s “Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill” is all about policing Zimbabweans’ use of the Internet and modern communications technologies. It seeks to criminalize at risk-Zimbabweans’ access to computer systems.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech billionaires are creating a quintessential philanthropy for the 21st century. For example, they aren’t interested in old-school philanthropic galas and endowing their alma mater.