What the Heck is Right to Privacy?

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | OpEd

THAT the individual shall have full protection in person and in property is a principle as old as the common law; but it has been found necessary from time to time to define anew the exact nature and extent of such protection. – Harvard Law Review, 1890

I was listening to music on the web recently when I felt a sudden jolt  that someone could be snooping on me. Through some mass metadata collection effort, they were making a list of all the music I listen to in order to make a character sketch of me. It was a rather odd feeling that rose inside of me. Not that I was listening to anything out of this world. Being online, of course is exposing oneself.  On another thought, just think of how the mobile phone is like your personal address all wrapped up with information about who you are.

I think technology’s reach into our lives needs to be framed within the context of both its potential and what it is taking away, and not simply hailed as the harbinger of progress.

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Against the background of NSA’s Edward J Snowden’s revelations of mass government surveillance programs last June, I don’t think I will ever go online without imagining that my right to privacy is being violated. However, most of the time, I just ignore it and do what I have to do. I’m a digital native after all. Continue reading

Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt, On Shared Leadership

By Chief K.Masimba | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 28, 2014

Leadership is highly rated in population imagination and typified through individuals that supposedly have amazing skills. But, according to Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt, an appropriate leadership model is one that regards leadership as a shared effort.

He said that the idea of an omnipotent, brilliant single leader and decision maker is a wonderful myth.

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Memories of A Grandmother’s Love

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba

Late 1970. Zimbabwe, then Rhodesia, was burning. I was nearly five years old, already accustomed to fear and terror. Conditioned, so to speak.

A war was raging throughout Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Bullets, helicopter patrols, night vigils with guerilla fighters bent on mobilizing the masses, and soldiers from the minority white colonial regime beating the hell out of everybody was the menu of our days.

The war was getting hot, and there was no end in sight. I was living with my grandparents — my pillars of support during that senseless war.  Continue reading

New Tech Tools Transforming Journalism

By Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 27, 2014

The digital age is transforming the face of journalism, challenging journalists to tell stories in new and innovative ways. Today audiences are being bludgeoned by tons of information resulting in limited attention spans. What this means for journalist is they have to present their stories in a manner that not only attracts but keeps attention. Continue reading

The Power Of Investigative Journalism

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 25, 2014

Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth, bringing to light hidden facts. With investigative journalism, the goals is to expose the truth through fact-based, ethical storytelling.


Abuses of power are often shrouded in secrecy. Similarly, corrupt dealings tend to operate in the dark. That’s why it takes more than just reporting but Sherlock Holmes like investigation to get to the truth of matters. Continue reading

Children’s Author, Dellaphine Chitty, On Writing Trickster Tales

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 24, 2014

Children’s author, Dellaphine Chitty’s book titled, “Bruh Beaver, Bruh Rabbit and the Man in the Moon,” which she co-authored with her daughter, Dawn, is a delightful trickster tale with origins in African American culture.

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The book tells the story of  two animal characters whose power struggles eventually lead them to an intriguing location. In the story, a seemingly weak animal gains leverage by the mere use of cunning wit and strategy. Continue reading

WhatsApp: Facebook’s Hot Pick

By Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 20, 2014

In Zimbabwe, WhatsApp, the instant messaging service with a total of 450 million users around the world, is a big thing.  From facilitating business communication to cheating in relationships, the service has found its way into the digital lifestyles of many Zimbabweans who cannot afford high speed Internet.

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While there are no statistics available of WhatsApp users in Zimbabwe, part of the attraction of the application for exchanging messages, photos and videos via mobile phones is its simplicity and low cost. And just to mention the name, WhatsApp, is a coup in social branding: it’s simply unforgettable. Continue reading