Privacy and public access: using Internet caf?s in Zimbabwe

Maisiri, Esabel (2013) Privacy and public access: using Internet caf?s in Zimbabwe.

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Paper presented at the 14th Information Studies (IS) Annual Conference, University of Zululand, South Africa, 4-6th September 2013,People who use Internet caf?s, like any other Internet users, risk the invasion of their personal privacy. This is because the Internet has become a ?field? for data mining. Evidence from empirical research on the nature of the threat to personal privacy faced by Internet caf? users when using the Internet in a developing country was not readily available; hence this study which sought to contribute in closing this gap. The study consisted of two sections. The first section, which was guided by an individualistic definition of privacy, involved a study of Internet caf? operators in the City of Bulawayo, where data was collected through interviews, and an analysis of websites of some of the institutional entities in Zimbabwe. Judgemental sampling was used in both instances. Qualitative data was collected and analysed on the basis of themes that emerged from the literature. The second section was a normative assessment for postulating the way forward for Internet-based services in Zimbabwe The findings showed that, overall, the country was in transition, especially as evidenced by the state of the legislative regime. A data protection bill was at draft stage, and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) did not seem to be adhering to the current legislation that required them to monitor transactions of Internet caf?s; and at the same time, the Internet caf? operators reported that they were ignorant of the legislation that required them to observe the personal privacy of their patrons. Some of the Internet caf?s had instituted measures to protect their computers and patrons while others had not bothered. The normative assessment concluded by recommending use of the communitarian position, utilitarian view and social contract theory in developing a society that respects the personal privacy of its citizens in a digital age.,National University of Science and Technology Research Board

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet privacy,Internet caf?s,Information ethics
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > National University of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2015 15:45
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2015 15:45

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