African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms

A need for a sustainable environment discussion in the internet governance space
A need for a sustainable environment discussion in the internet governance space 09 October 2019 Morisola Moromoke

This blog post was originally published on the website of the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). I was really excited about my selection to participate in the 7th edition of the African School of Internet Governance which took place in the city of N’Djamena, Chad. The school hosted a diverse group of people from the African continent and outside the continent. The five-day training introduced fellows to a wide range of topics and discussions in the internet gove...

AfriSIG, the school for internet techies who want to learn policy
AfriSIG, the school for internet techies who want to learn policy 26 September 2019 APCNews

This blog post was originally published on the website of the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). The African School on Internet Governance (AFRISIG) 2019 ran for six days in  N’Djamena, Chad. It is a yearly event that brings together people from across the continent to promote and strengthen active multistakeholder participation in internet governance in the African continent. As a technical person, I found the week-long school essential to having a good un...

Three women shaping the future of the internet in Africa
Three women shaping the future of the internet in Africa 25 September 2019 APCNews

How can accessibility in rural areas of Africa be improved? What are the challenges for women and girls in terms of internet access? How are internet shutdowns affecting African users? These are some of the issues that Josephine Militza, Sophie Ngassa and Amanda Manyame focus on, as African experts on internet access with a strong gender perspective. The three of them&n...

Civil society organisations issue statement denouncing internet shutdowns in Sudan
Civil society organisations issue statement denouncing internet shutdowns in Sudan 12 July 2019

Dear MTN Sudan CEO Melik Melamu & MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter: We write to urgently request that you publicly denounce the internet shutdowns in Sudan, and pledge your support to maintain unfettered internet access in the country, especially in moments of conflict or unrest. In line with your past commitments to respect digital rights in the places where you operate, it is crucial that you exe...

Brutal repression of protests in Sudan, both offline and online
Brutal repression of protests in Sudan, both offline and online 12 June 2019 Liemia El-Abubkr

Update - 12 June 2019: APC is gravely concerned that the Sudanese authorities continue to implement internet restrictions to prevent citizens in the capital from communicating, as protesters try to reorganise after a brutal crackdown by government soldiers that left dozens of peaceful demonstrators dead. Following Sudan’s network operators Sudatel, Zain and MTN switching off mobile internet a...

APC at RightsCon 2019
APC at RightsCon 2019 06 June 2019 APCNews

APC will be at RightsCon Tunis, the first RightsCon summit hosted in the Middle East and North Africa, where more than 2,500 expert practitioners will come together across over 400 sessions to shape, contribute to, and drive forward the global agenda for the future of human rights in the digital age. APC will join RightsCon to promote conversations on a range of issues, including...

Unwanted Witness: Demanding an inclusive internet legislative process that puts human rights at the centre
Unwanted Witness: Demanding an inclusive internet legislative process that puts human rights at the centre 05 June 2019 APCNews

Access to the internet is becoming subject to increasing restrictions worldwide, including numerous African countries, as we reported a few months ago in “It’s like being cut off from the world”. This is particularly so in the case of Uganda, where the newest member of the APC network, Unwanted Witness, is based. We talked to Dorothy Mukasa, executive director of the organisation, about c...

Call for applications for the Seventh African School on Internet Governance now open!
Call for applications for the Seventh African School on Internet Governance now open! 22 May 2019 AfriSIG

Do you believe that the internet is a vital platform for social, economic and political development in Africa? Are you a current or potential leader in internet governance forums and debates in Africa? Does your current work or study involve internet or ICT policy and regulation? Do you want to deepen your understanding of the “multistakeholder” approach to internet-related policy making? ...

Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy
Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy 15 May 2019 Koliwe Majama

Events in the first quarter of 2019 indicate that Africa urgently needs to agree on a homegrown strategy for the protection and promotion of online rights and freedoms on the continent. During the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) held in Lagos, Nigeria on 24-25 April 2019, at a session hosted by APC on behalf of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Secretariat, parti...

Digital rights and inclusion advocacy is making an impact in Africa, despite persistent challenges
Digital rights and inclusion advocacy is making an impact in Africa, despite persistent challenges 10 May 2019 Babatunde Okunoye

Over 200 delegates from across Africa and the world joined the seventh edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) hosted by Paradigm Initiative in Lagos, Nigeria, between 23 and 25 April. The Forum, previously known as Internet Freedom Forum, featured 21 sessions focused on securing human rights in the digital age and expanding digital access to marginalised populations. Organisat...

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