African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms

Despots and disruptions: The greater the tendency to authoritarianism, the higher the chances of internet shutdowns
Despots and disruptions: The greater the tendency to authoritarianism, the higher the chances of internet shutdowns 25 March 2019 APCNews

2019 started with five African countries facing internet disruptions, a very dangerous trend that reveals a rise in authoritarianism on the continent. This is the focus of a recently launched study by APC member Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA).

Securing human rights online in Africa through a strong and active "African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms" network
Securing human rights online in Africa through a strong and active "African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms" network 06 March 2019

In order to more effectively address threats and advance human rights online in the region, this project will build the capacity of the African Declaration Secretariat and Coalition and of civil society organisations who use it in policy development and in responding to internet-related human rights violations.

Despots and Disruptions: Five Dimensions of Internet Shutdowns in Africa
Despots and Disruptions: Five Dimensions of Internet Shutdowns in Africa 28 February 2019 Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)

This report presents observations on the shutdowns experienced in recent years, and points to a link between the level of authoritarianism in a country and the likelihood of experiencing a network shutdown. It also looks at the economic and social impacts of these disruptions.

#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

The #KeepItOn Coalition, made up by more than 180 organisations from over 68 countries, including APC, calls on the Nigerian authorities to keep the internet open during the upcoming elections in the country.

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

Throughout the African continent, where many APC members and partners are based, recent weeks have seen a fresh spate of internet shutdowns that have hindered public access to information and communications.

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 the human rights impacts of recent initiatives in three countries (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) to “tax” the internet through introducing excise duties on, essentially, internet access and/or use.

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

There has been an increase in digital rights violations in Africa, such as arrests and intimidation of social media users. This was a recurring theme and discussion topic during the fifth edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2018.

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

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.

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

Analysing recent policy developments from across the continent, Majama stressed that a sustainable digitalisation strategy will depend on the “sincere political will” to shift from top-down decision making to a participant culture that puts citizens at the heart of policy making.

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