Africa

Digital Security: Drop-in centre of Ugandan sex worker organisation raided

GULU 11 May 2012 (FD for APCNews)

“Sex work may be illegal in Uganda, but providing services for sex workers is clearly not,” reads a statement put out on May 9 by WONETHA, a health and human rights organisation, in reaction to a serious crack-down on its activities by Ugandan municipal police.

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Mobile Africa 2012 report

South Africa

The focus of the Mobile Africa report this time is on the overall innovation ecosystem, which includes a range of stakeholders: industry, entrepreneurs, government, academia, civil society, donors and multilateral organisations. The report also addresses the crucial role of innovator networks and incubators.

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.

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