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MACRA calls for responsible usage of the internet

Written by  Rodney Majawa
Deputy Director of Legal and Consumer Affairs, Thokozani Chimbe Deputy Director of Legal and Consumer Affairs, Thokozani Chimbe Pic sourced from internet

Blantyre, February 11, 2019: Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) in collaboration with Information and Communications Technology Association of Malawi (ICTAM) has called for increased awareness on responsible usage of internet among Malawians.

Deputy Director of Legal and Consumer Affairs, Thokozani Chimbe made the call Tuesday in Blantyre as Malawi joined the international community in commemorating this year’s Safer Internet Day whose theme was: ‘Together for a better Internet-a shared responsibility for all.’

Chimbe said MACRA in partnership with ICTAM and Youth Net and Counseling (YONECO), among other key players, is raising awareness on promoting safer internet use, especially among the country’s young people.

She said through the national ICT Master Plan, the nation has placed ICT and infrastructure development as key priority areas.

“There’s need for various stakeholders to play a major role in sensitizing young people and the   general citizenry on how they can stay safe and protect their online identity,” Chimbe said, noting that on a daily basis, a child goes online for their first time, but faces grave risks.

Chimbe cited examples of sexual exploitation; cyber bullying and misuse of their private information.

On his part, a representative of YONECO, Panji Harawa said considerable progress has been made in recent years in addressing internet abuse while maximizing opportunities offered by new technologies to prevent online abuse.

Harawa said there was need to scale up such efforts by connecting through a truly global alliance to develop an empowering and inclusive digital agenda for young people who are usually vulnerable.

According to International Technology Union, in developed countries 94 per cent of young people aged between 15 and 24 access internet compared to 67 per cent in developing countries and only 30 per cent in least developed countries.


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