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Quality of Democracy Under Threat

New state mass surveillance powers and looming watered-down privacy protections will damage Namibia’s press freedom standing    Just after 9 am on 3 May 2023 the Namibian presidency issued a statement to mark the country’s retaking of first position on the African continent on the 2023 World Press Freedom Index. Pride dripped from a World Press […]

Data Protection Bill: Not Fit For Purpose

This review of the proposed Data Protection Bill for Namibia argues that the draft law requires further development to ensure that it meets the requirements of a contemporary data protection framework. The sections on the independence of the Supervisory Authority need to be reconsidered and substantially redrafted, and sections concerning offences, penalties, and administrative penalties […]

Cybercrime Laws & The Internet In Africa

Join us for this webinar on Tuesday 29 March from 10h00 to 12h00. Speakers: Dr Allen Munoriyarwa (University of Johannesburg) on Cybersecurity Legislation in Southern Africa and Mr. Paul Kimumwe (Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa) on The Impact of Cybercrime Laws on Internet Rights in Africa. Email: for more […]

Unpacking Namibia’s Cybercrime Bill

The Cybercrime Bill (2019) has serious but fixable flaws that can be addressed as the final draft is finalised, argues Frederico Links in this new paper produced as part of the ‘Mainstreaming Human Rights in Cybercrime Law and Policy Making (MHRC)’ project, funded by Global Partners Digital (GPD).

Dialogue on Dangers – SADC Cybercrime Laws & Human Rights

Join us next Tuesday, September 28 from 09h00 to 13h00 for a webinar on SADC Cybercrime Laws and Human Rights – Dialogue on Dangers. Including case studies on Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Lesotho. Email for the Zoom link details

Cybersecurity needs a multi-stakeholder approach

NAMIBIAN civil society organisations have called for a multi-stakeholder approach to finding solutions to combat cyber security and crime in the country.
This is reflected in a report titled ‘Tackling cyber security/crime in Namibia: calling for a human rights respecting framework’, authored by chairperson of the Access to Information in Namibia (ACTION) Coalition, Frederico Links, and published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).
At the launch yesterday, Links said there was a need for multi-stakeholder consultations to draw up a framework for cybersecurity legislation in Namibia.