Africa

Girls in ICT day in the Democratice Republic of the Congo

Goma, DRC

Internet is a vast tool which marked this century because it revolutionized and continues to impact the economy, social development and intellectual habits of several companies worldwide including people. Its use varies according to the behaviour of communities and the basic education received.

The Internet and Human Rights: a new frontier?

Nairobi

The Internet can strengthen human rights through the enhancement of the realization of freedom of expression, allowing people to receive information and seek to impart it as required in article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Nancy Hafkin inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

MONTREAL 26 April 2012 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

On Tuesday April 25, Dr Nancy J. Hafkin and 32 others were inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. Dr Hafkin was awarded the title of Global Connector for helping to spread internet use in Africa over the course of a twenty-three year career as “a pioneer and innovator in the area of networking, development information, and electronic communications.”

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How Africa tweets - visualised

United Kingdon

How Africa tweets: visualised

Twitter is often thought of as a European and American phenomenon. But how does Africa use the social networking tool? Tweetminster and Portland have analysed more than 11.5m geo-located Tweets from the last three months of 2011.

Freedom Fone wins Index on Censorship Innovation Award

Zimbabwe

Technology doesn’t change the world, how we use it does

Last night, at an award ceremony in London organised and hosted by Index on Censorship , Kubatana won the award for Innovation in media technology for our Freedom Fone project.

Our information officer Upenyu Makoni-Muchemwa was there to receive the award.

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No Pain No Gain, for SANGONeT's David Barnard

27 March 2012 (SANGONet)

SANGONeT turns 25 in 2012. To celebrate this achievement, SANGONeT’s CEO, David Barnard, will run 750km across three deserts on three continents as part of the annual SANGONeT “No Pain No Gain” campaign. Now in its third year, the 2012 campaign will be bigger and more challenging than ever before.

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Internet access and the right to communicate

In recent months we have seen the notion of “Internet as a Human right” become quite controversial.

On the one hand we see folk like Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet Protocol maintain that “technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself”.

ICT policy priorities in Africa

Information Communication Technology policy covers the Telecommunications, the Radio-TV and the Internet and are critical at that moment with two issues: access and civil liberties. Africa is the continent with the least access to the ICTs even if every had already access to Internet; it is a need to redefine sectoral policies, regulations and boundaries institutions.

ICT Policy in Africa and the Internet and Human Rights

In this post, I am going to address two main issues: the need and role of ICT policy in Africa, and the relationship between Internet and human rights. The landscape of ICTs probably is the fastest growing sector ever experienced with any medium or any transformative technology.

Which way African ICT Policy? Turn right, human right

“He is as useless as a dog” this was part of a Facebook post by a young Kenyan photographer on the wall of a Kenyan politician, Mr. Lewis Nguyai. The Facebook post has since led to the photographer’s arrest and may ultimately result in a defamation suit. Kenya’s National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) which was set up after the post election violence in 2008 to “promote equality of opportunity, good relations, harmony and peaceful coexistence between persons of different ethnic and racial backgrounds in Kenya” claims that they received 60 complaints in February 2012 regarding defamatory comments made about individuals on social media web sites. In most countries defamation is entrenched in local laws and mostly predicated on Article 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees legal protection against “attacks upon … honour and reputation”.

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