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Created On Monday, 07 September 2015 18:20


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    IGF Zimbabwe
  • Stakeholder Group
    Civil Society


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    **Resolutions and Way Forward**
    > **We**, participants to the MISA-Zimbabwe facilitated **National
    > Internet Governance Conference** held on 21 August 2015 in Harare,
    > Zimbabwe;
    > **Having** debated and deliberated on the national importance of the
    > internet and its governance in Zimbabwe;
    > **Informed** by presentations on existing national policies from
    > government representatives, experts in ICTs, internet based businesses,
    > telecommunications companies, internet content producers, bloggers,
    > academics and colleagues within Zimbabwe and from our African continent;
    > **Affirming** our support and acceptance of the establishment of the
    > Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum (ZIGF), in line with global and
    > continental best practices as established under the World Summit on
    > Information Societies (WSIS) and International Telecommunications Union
    > (ITU), both of which our country Zimbabwe is signatory to;
    > **Cognisant** of the fact that our new constitution specifically
    > recognises the right of all Zimbabweans to freedom of expression, media
    > freedom, access to information and the right to privacy and that these
    > fundamental rights include the right to freely access, use and enjoy
    > ICTS, the internet and cyberspace;
    > **Hereby** resolve to be guided by the following principles and actions
    > on internet governance in Zimbabwe.
    > 1.**Internet Regulation Principles:** That internet regulation must be
    > guided by the following key principles:
    > a. Protecting the democratic rights of all citizens to freedom of
    > expression, access to information, privacy and protection of
    > intellectual property.
    > b. Ensuring that all Zimbabweans have unhindered access to the
    > internet.
    > c. Access to the internet must be affordable and predicated on
    > net-neutrality
    > d. Infrastructure development and competition must be friendly to
    > the environment and predicated on environmental sustainability.
    > e. Competition between telecommunications corporations, internet
    > service providers, content providers and other ancillary services be
    > fairly regulated in the interest of promoting access, diversity and
    > affordability and respect for human rights
    > 2. **Access and Affordability For All:** That the internet being a
    > cornerstone tool/mechanism for the enjoyment of the rights of all
    > Zimbabweans to freedom of expression, access to information, right to
    > privacy, and media freedom as outlined in the new constitution, must be
    > accessible and affordable for all of our country's citizens regardless
    > of gender, race and class.
    > 3. **The Internet of Things**: That we contextualise the emergent
    > a 'internet of things' in our context to our national development
    > needs in a manner that is inclusive, affordable and accessible for all
    > Zimbabweans.
    > 4. **Promotion of Government Public Accountability:** That the internet
    > remains a key tool through which citizens can interact with their
    > governments in pursuit of accountable democracy and national
    > development.
    > 5. **Promotion and Development of Local Content: **That there be active
    > encouragement and investment in the production and development of local
    > content that is gender sensitive and focused on our national context.
    > 6. **Copyright**: That copyright on the internet be a priority for
    > policy makers and all internet stakeholders in order to protect
    > intellectual property rights.
    > 7. **Decriminalisation of Freedom of Expression:** That in order for the
    > internet to reach its fullest potential of allowing Zimbabweans to enjoy
    > their human rights, stakeholders actively embrace the decriminalisation
    > of freedom of expression.
    > 8. **Democratic Regulation: **That regulation of the internet must be
    > undertaken by the state in a democratic, participatory, accountable and
    > independent manner and in consultation with all stakeholders and civil
    > society.
    > 9. **Cyber-security:** That there be a democratic cyber-security
    > framework in relation to national and regional security, protection of
    > privacy and private property, which remains true to the right of all
    > citizens to freedom of expression, media freedom and access to
    > information.
    > 10. **Corporate Monopolies and Censorship:** That there be engagement
    > with corporate entities in internet service provision and
    > telecommunications on all issues to do with censorship and respect for
    > human rights as well as further engagement with the public on issues of
    > internet governance.
    > 11. **Internet-Based Entrepreneurship**: Government and stakeholders
    > should value the internet as a key mechanism for innovation, investment,
    > entrepreneurship , access to new markets and employment for Zimbabweans.
    > 12. **Advocacy and Public Awareness: **That government, relevant
    > stakeholders and civil society organisations should intensify their
    > public awareness campaigns on the importance of the internet as not
    > only a developmental and entrepreneurial tool, but also as an emerging
    > and inevitable technological cornerstone of freedom of expression,
    > access to information and media freedom.
    > 13. **Coordination of Efforts:** That there be greater coordination of
    > efforts between various initiatives around internet governance
    > frameworks.
    > 14.**Regional Solidarity and Lessons Learnt:** That Zimbabweans continue
    > interacting and learning from our neighboring countries in the Southern
    > African, African and broader international community on key
    > developments, success stories and democratic regulatory frameworks
    > around internet governance.
    > **Ends**