Africa

Mapping the ICT policy environment in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG 16 May 2014 (Jane Duncan, Alan Finlay, Alexandra Groome, Alex Comninos and Anriette Esterhuysen for APCNews)

While strong constitutional guarantees exist for freedom of expression in South Africa, including internet content, the effectiveness of these guarantees has been gradually reduced by an array of laws that have progressively chipped away at internet freedom, concludes a recent report by APC.

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New laws affecting intermediary liability in Nigeria

16 May 2014 (AL for APCNews)

APCNews interviewed Gbenga Sesan, executive director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), about the latest trends in the country towards holding intermediaries liable for their users’ behaviour. We also asked him about other pressing internet issues in the country.

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Infographic: What is digital migration?

By Mike Jensen and Grupo Tritón (illustration) (May 2014, APC )
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Intermediary liability: Internet policies that affect Africans

LAGOS 15 May 2014 (MN for APCNews)

Many governments in Africa are establishing regulations to further control the flow of information on the internet. This trend includes holding intermediaries liable for content circulated by their users on their platforms and networks. APCNews talked to researcher Nicolo Zingales to find out more about the issue in the African context.

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Mapping the ICT policy environment in South Africa

By Jane Duncan, Alan Finlay, Alexandra Groome, Alex Comninos and Anriette Esterhuysen (May 2014, APC )
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Last Month to apply for UN ECOSOC consultative status to be considered by the 2015 NGO Committee

1 June 2014 is the last day for non-governmental organizations to apply for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations.

Coming of (digital) age: How African feminists are using the internet to change women's lives

LONDON 6 May 2014 (Minna Salami for GenderIT.org)

In this article, Minna Salami argues that while the digital wave is marked by more diversity than previous feminist waves, it is nevertheless predominantly the ways that white/western feminists challenge patriarchal structures using the internet that has garnered attention. Salami challenges this general trend by sharing a few examples of how African feminists are using the internet to change society.

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Online surveillance and censorship in Sudan

SUDAN

Background

In Sudan there are four licensed telecommunications companies – Sudani, Zain, MTN and Canar ‒ which provide both internet and mobile phone services. Zain, MTN and Canar are foreign-owned companies, while the government owns 22% percent of Sudani shares and the rest are owned by private investors.

Dorcas Muthoni joins Internet Hall of Fame

11 April 2014 (Internet Hall of Fame)

APC is delighted to see Dorcas Muthoni inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. Dorcas attended one of the first free and open source software trainings for women in Africa hosted by Women’sNet and the APC Women’s Rights Programme back in 2004. Dorcas initiated AfChix soon after this workshop and has inspired many African women to take up technology and to focus on using free and open source software. (Photo: AfChix)

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National advocacy plan on digital migration in Mozambique

MAPUTO

On December 5, 2013, a national advocacy planning workshop on digital migration in Mozambique took place in Maputo.

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