Africa Rights Talk Podcast Series

In conversation with Tlhaloso Mpopo and Hlengiwe Dube

 The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria undertook a research and advocacy project that sought to assess the status of Digital rights in Southern Africa. As guided by the report titled The Digital Rights Landscape in Southern Africa, the Centre embarked on a training and capacity-building workshop to enhance awareness and interest in digital rights among parliamentarians. This podcast series features various stakeholders who share their expertise on thematic stakeholders that were covered during the training.

In this episode, Tlhaloso Mpopo and Hlengiwe Dube, discuss privacy and data protection in Lesotho. Tlhaloso reflects on the significance of the right to privacy and data protection and she describes the current data protection framework in Lesotho and subsequently the gaps in the framework. This conversation also spotlights knowledge gaps among stakeholders, the absence of a data protection authority and the levels of awareness of the rights to privacy and data protection amongst Basotho.

Tlhaloso Mpopo is a duly admitted advocate of the courts of Lesotho and a tech policy fellow at the Lawyers Hub. She is a legal technology and technology law enthusiast based in Maseru, Lesotho. She currently works at the National University of Lesotho, Centre for Teaching and Learning in the EduTech Unit. Her responsibilities include capacity building and training as well as policy development on issues such as data privacy and protection, intellectual property, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity.

Hlengiwe Dube is a Project Manager of the Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

This conversation was recorded on 18 July 2023.


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