The annual Computer Society Zimbabwe (CSZ) 2020 kicked off in Nyanga on the the 27th of November as the sector looked into issues of big data and cyber security.
Addressing delagates at the seminar, ICT, Postal and Courier Service Minister Hon Jenfan Muswere beckoned the same message saying the fourth industrial revolution has brought many technological advancement such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, robotics, virtual reality, the cloud, and 3D printing
“The fourth industrial revolution brings with it many technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, robotics, virtual reality, the cloud, and 3D printing which present vast opportunities in the entirety of the economy,” he said
He further added that with the advancement in technologies there are also new complexities like ensuring there is data protection and privacy which is the biggest challenge which has to be resolved urgently.
“With the increased utilization of these technologies also come new complexities, particularly in ensuring data protection and privacy. What comes to mind, immediately, are the cyber-security implications. As we transact, innovate, communicate, disseminate, and explore the fundamental question is “Who is policing the fair use, safety, and intrusion of the cyber space?” This is perhaps one of the biggest puzzles of this time, which my Ministry is hard at work resolving, through our efforts directed towards the Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill.
He further added that the era of technology has achieved the efficiency of e-business inextricably attached to the government’s objectives under the “Easy of doing business” initiatives.
“One of the most exciting possibilities in this era is achieving efficiency in e-commerce, which is inextricably attached to the government’s objectives under the “Ease of doing business” initiative.
“It is the next level which has been accelerated by the pandemic, and all sectors of our economy have embraced, in an impressive fashion, conducting business online. Put together, legal reform in the wake of this fourth industrial revolution landscape is one of my Ministry’s top priorities as we set out to expand our reach into the global market through instilling confidence in all stakeholders.”
The Ministry has however pledged to support the CSZ in their long journey of building the Smart Zimbabwe.
“The Computer Society of Zimbabwe, my Ministry pledges its support to you in your journey which started in 1974. 46 years on, you remain committed to your cause”