Zambia has no cyber security laws – Lubinda

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Justice Minister Given Lubinda says Zambia has no cyber security laws in place.

Lubinda says Government is concerned over emerging cyber crimes in the Country adding that questions keep emerging on whether Government will gag freedom of expression and speech.

He says cyberspace is meant to improve the lives of the people but that more people are using it to harm others.

The Cabinet Minister was speaking at the Inter- Ministerial Conference on Cyber law, Cyber Crimes and Cyber Security in New Delhi, India, attended by Justice Permanent Secretary responsible for Legislative drafting, Andrew Nkunika and Chief Parliamentary Counsel Mwenya Kaela Bwalya.

Lubinda says the international conference will be important to learn and share experiences and create networks specifically on Cyber law, Cyber Crimes and Cyber Security, especially that Zambia is in the process of developing a legal framework for cyber security and cybercrime.

He says the conference is important as Zambia emphasises use of information and communication technologies -ICTs in the Seventh National Development Plan -SNDP.

Meanwhile, President of Cyberlaws.Net and Supreme Court of India Advocate Pavan Duggal says artificial intelligence is anticipated to match human intelligence by the year 2062, calling for a legal framework among countries ahead of schedule.

Dr. Duggal says the conference is necessary because cyber crime is a global phenomenon which will be gobbling US$6 trillion globally per year.

He says cyber crime has resulted in massive increase in fake news and that there is need for building blocks to harmonize cyber law across the world.

Dr. Duggal also says India has a slow conviction rate of cyber criminals which is allowing more criminals to cause more harm.

He also says India as the biggest democracy in the world needs to update it’s legal framework on cyber law to protect it’s 1.3 billion people.

And Justice Dipak Mishra, an Indian judge who served as the 45th Chief Justice of India from August 28, 2017 to October 2, 2018, says the third world war will be fought through cyberspace calling on experts to debate further.

Justice Mishra says cyber crimes should be fought with vigour using human intelligence.

The conference has drawn participants and senior officials from different parts of the world, including the Minister of interior for Malta as well as members of the diplomatic corps.

This is contained in a statement made available by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in New Delhi, India, Bangwe Naviley.


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