Bill to Criminalise 'Insulting' Online Posts

The Mozambican government proposes a Bill that would criminalise SMSes, emails and other types of online posts that are considered ‘insulting’ or ‘jeopardise the security of the state’. 

Minister of science and technology, Louis Pelembe, explained that the tough penalties proposed in the Bill would ensure consumer protection and increase confidence in electronic transactions as a means of communication and provision of services.

Besides the provision on insulting content, the law would cover fraudulent access to the internet, databases and financial transactions.

Mobile Data 'to Explode' in SA - Cisco

According to a study by Cisco, South Africans complain about high data costs and the price of mobile devices, but despite that, the Internet is set to grow exponentially.

The company points out that, "Cisco's Visual Networking Index (VNI) reveals interesting growth figures and projects that mobile data traffic in South Africa will increase nearly eight-fold over the next five years and grow twice as fast as fixed IP traffic in South Africa."

Making Online Safety a Priority

In South Africa, we have seen increasing concern about safety. Being safe in one’s home, being safe on the road and being safe everywhere except online. The only times digital security is ever mentioned in the country, is often in the context of Bradley Manning and the damning information he leaked about the NSA. That however is but only one part of the entire picture, in a country where even the most basic security concerns are often disregarded.

Free Internet for WC Communities

Economic Development and Tourism Member of the Executive Council (MEC), Alan Winde, has announced that three of Western Cape’s poorest communities will benefit from a new R3 million broadband project to be completed by 2014.
The communities will receive free access to high-speed wireless Internet, which the MEC says should run at about one megabyte per second (the current entry-level for most paying users).
“It is our intention to reach as many residents as possible. The impact will be proposal-dependent,” states Winde.

Education 'Key' to Open Wi-Fi Networks

South African cities are engaged in the process of rolling out public Wi-Fi hotpots in an effort to make high speed mobile data freely available.
According to a security consultant at Fortinet, Jonas Thulin, states that the new service though, could be used by criminals to entrap users who are unused to the environment.
"While access for all is a commendable goal, there are security risks in extending free and low-cost Wi-Fi access in public places," explains Thulin.

Call for UN to Prioritise Right to Privacy

Brazil has called Internet privacy a world priority a day after it and Germany submitted a joint United Nations (UN) text on the issue in reaction to massive United States (US) cyber spying.
Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, argues that privacy on the Internet is part of human rights and its protection must receive priority treatment in UN discussions.
She further stresses that, "The right to privacy cannot be subjected to arbitrary interference, as shown by allegations of [US] spying.”.

SA Votes Against Internet Freedoms

South Africa has joined China and Russia in voting against a United Nations (UN) resolution on the ‘promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet’.

On Friday, the UN held a vote on the resolution, which seeks to bring political commitment from member states to protect human rights online such as freedom of expression and privacy.

The resolution further seeks to ensure the release of those imprisoned for the ‘legitimate’ freedom of expression online.

Free Wi-Fi Changing Lives in JHB

The City of Johannesburg's Wi-Fi users are allocated 300 megabytes daily and 50 percent of libraries and clinics also have free Wi-Fi.

Access to the Internet is considered a major requirement in any developing country and the City of Johannesburg is well on its way to achieving this with many free broadband spots launched six months ago.

Fibre Broadband for the Wealthy Questioned

High installation costs for fibre broadband results in it predominantly being rolled out in wealthier suburban areas, says an expert.

According to Duncan Alfreds, companies such as Telkom and Vumatel have been targeting more upmarket suburbs with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology.

He quotes Kalin Bogatzevski, chief executive officer of 123Net, as saying that, “There are many new fibre players focusing on FTTH opportunities, although the reach and availability is substantially limited – some focus on gated and cluster communities specifically.”

Broadband Internet Tops GovTech Agenda

The South African government aims to make broadband Internet connectivity available in all corners of the country within the next five years.
Telecommunications Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, says this is part of the plan to make all government services available on the Internet eventually.
In the coming days at the Government Technology Conference (GovTech) in Durban, the use of open data will be discussed as a way to improve service delivery and boost economic development.


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