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.
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.