African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms

#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Nigeria
#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Nigeria 18 February 2019 Various

Re: Internet shutdown in upcoming elections in Nigeria Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) Nigerian Communications Commission CC: Maria Arena, Chief Observer European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Nigeria We the #KeepItOn Coalition welcome your statement dated 1 February 2019 reaffirming your commitment to ensure the stability and openness of the internet during the elections in Nigeria. Access to information and freedom of ...

Internet shutdowns in Africa: "It is like being cut off from the world"
Internet shutdowns in Africa: "It is like being cut off from the world" 16 January 2019 APCNews

On 11 January, while researching the current wave of internet shutdowns in Africa, we contacted our Harare-based colleague Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha, coordinator of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms project, to get his insights. He responded three days later: "Sorry for the delay, I was experiencing outages myself. Zimbabwe is on shutdown." Throughout the African continent, where many APC members and partners are based, recent weeks have seen a fresh spate of internet sh...

Human rights impacts of taxing popular internet services: The cases of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
Human rights impacts of taxing popular internet services: The cases of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda 02 January 2019 Justine Limpitlaw

This paper focuses on recent initiatives in three countries (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) to “tax” the internet through introducing excise duties on, essentially, internet access and/or use. The East African focus was not intentional, as these kinds of taxation initiatives are occurring in a number of regions in Africa. However, these are countries that have made actual legal enactments (whe...

FIFAfrica18: How can we play a part in promoting internet freedom?
FIFAfrica18: How can we play a part in promoting internet freedom? 22 October 2018 Bob Aston - ALIN

The state of personal data protection is a mirror of the state of internet freedom in a country. There has been an increase in digital rights violations in Africa, such as arrests and intimidation of social media users, a proliferation of laws and regulations that undermine internet access and affordability, network disruptions and the increasing criminalisation of online conduct. This was not ...

AfriSIG 2018: Interview with Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky on multistakeholder decision making
AfriSIG 2018: Interview with Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky on multistakeholder decision making 18 October 2018 Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky for APCNews

AfriSIG fellow Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky reflects on the importance of including youth and grassroots organizations in multistakeholder decision making after the School's collaborative governance workshop.

Welcome to the sunrises and sunsets of Zanzibar
Welcome to the sunrises and sunsets of Zanzibar 09 October 2018 Chenai Chair

Dear AfriSIG Class of 2018, Three years ago, I caught a flight for the first time to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, excited and nervous to be joining the AfriSIG/gigX class of 2015. The Gender and Internet eXchange (gigX) was the inaugural meeting that invited those who worked on gender to chart the course of internet governance from a feminist perspective. I knew no other student in the prog...

Exploring Africa’s digitalisation agenda with Koliwe Majama
Exploring Africa’s digitalisation agenda with Koliwe Majama 28 September 2018 APCNews

“It’s important to ask, does Africa have a digitalisation agenda? Who set it? What is the strategy? Who is the gatekeeper?” These are the crucial questions APC’s Koliwe Majama posed at the start of her keynote lecture, delivered at the “Digitalisation in Africa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Technology, Development and Justice” conference at the University of Tübingen, Germany ...

APC Annual Report 2017
APC Annual Report 2017 22 September 2018

2017 was a year of transition in APC. When APC’s former executive director Anriette Esterhuysen told APC’s management team that she was resigning, we couldn’t quite believe it. Over the last 16 years, Anriette had been the heart of APC, and it was difficult to imagine APC without her. Anriette first joined APC when the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) – where she was executive di...

"Strengthening capacities in internet governance in Africa" workshop to take place in Abuja
"Strengthening capacities in internet governance in Africa" workshop to take place in Abuja 09 August 2018 APCNews

What are the challenges associated with the growth of the internet, as we reach the "internet of everything"? What are the priorities, gaps and best ways in capacity development in the African region? The ITU Annual Regional Human Capacity Building Workshop on Strengthening Capacities in Internet Governance in Africa will take place in Abuja, 27-29 August 2018, to address pr...

Concern on the growing trend of stringent regulation of the internet in East African states
Concern on the growing trend of stringent regulation of the internet in East African states 24 July 2018

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), acting through the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa (the Special Rapporteur) Commissioner Lawrence Mute, and the Country Rapporteur responsible for monitoring the human rights situation in Kenya and Tanzania Commissioner Solomon Dersso, wishes to expres...

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