Journalists from the Southern African bloc were in Botswana for deliberations on the findings of an earlier survey on “Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace.”
The survey conducted in June 2013 was via a partnership between the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and Privacy International (PI).
Michael Phoya, the author of the report was quoted as saying “The rapid growth of information communication technologies (ICTs) in Africa has led to a massive digitalisation of information, which has in turn, opened up various social and economic opportunities – especially internet powered information and has resulted in most governments feeling uncomfortable about their own positions.”
Counter filtering, while not a very common tactic by governments is an ever-present option. Pending legislation in Malawi, for example, alludes to content filtering and puts in this burden on Internet Service providers (ISPs), whose failure to comply may result in revocation of operating licenses and or legal action.
[Source: biztechafrica.com, Sept.11, 2014]