PARADIGM Initiative has concluded a two-day coalition workshop for civil society groups, lawyers, bloggers, journalists, members of the academia in the United Republic of Tanzania to discuss the state of digital rights in the country. The workshop culminated in the drafting of a Digital Rights and Freedom Bill 2020 for Tanzania.
In a statement, Paradigm Initiative noted that the Bill presents liberal and progressive proposals which, if enacted into law, will definitely safeguard the digital rights and freedoms of all Tanzanians. The Bill seeks to fill the lacuna that exists in the current legal and institutional framework for digital rights protection in Tanzania and to offer more robust protection.
Undoubtedly, it will not only be auxiliary legislation to the Electronic and Postal Communications Act, EPOCA, and the Cyber-Crimes Act but also reinforce the existing internet-use regulations. Adeboye Adegoke, senior program manager, Paradigm Initiative, said the organisation hopes to keep the discussion going, especially with other relevant stakeholders from Tanzania and with the Tanzanian government agencies such as the TCRA.
“The next step in the process is the sustained engagement of all relevant stakeholders in Tanzania, including the government to ensure that the bill that will be presented to the parliament represents the views of the people of Tanzanians,” he said.
– Aug. 11, 2020 @ 11:29 GMT |