AS new threats evolve due to increased internet penetration in the country, the public now needs to realise that cyber crimes are like any other crimes and should be reported to relevant authorities.
The Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication Permanent Secretary, Prof Faustin Kamuzora said on Thursday that with opportunities come challenges, and this was one of the reasons why the 2015 Cybercrimes Act was enacted and is proving to be very effective.
"What the public needs to understand is that the same way you go to the police when someone verbally insults you, that is what you need to do when you are insulted virtually either by text or online," he said.
Prof Kamuzora said that the noise some people are making about the new legislation on cybercrime was because they have started feeling the pinch, adding that this piece of law doesn't differ much from those of other countries that surround Tanzania.
He said that something else that needed to be emphasized to the public was the fact that the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority doesn't have the mandate to arrest an offender because they are only regulators, and therefore the first point of complaint with regard to abuse is the police.
The Permanent Secretary was speaking after a seminar on capacity building for National Research and Education Networks (NREN) managers and senior university leadership hosted by the Research and Education Network for Tanzania (TERNET).
Prof Kamuzora said that the government attaches a lot of importance to research because local settings are integrated through it; therefore it is possible to solve current societal and economical challenges as well as create the future we desire.
The UbuntuNet Alliance Chief Executive Officer, Dr Pascal Hoba Andoh said that the purpose of the seminar was to establish more NRENs in their network as well as share experiences on the advantages of being connected to their network which is a highway of knowledge.
UbuntuNet Alliance is a regional association of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa with the driving vision of securing high speed and affordable internet connectivity for the African research and education community.
"We are here to advocate to ministries and policy makers to use our platform instead of the commercial ones. The important thing to note is that these are just tools, the real objective is to use this connectivity for research and education," Dr Andoh said.
The Tanzania Education and Research Network Executive Secretary, Dr Amos Nungu said that as an organ with the goal of bringing together tertiary institution to solve problems on education and research, they have so far brought together over 50 institutions.
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