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Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 28
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 28 27 August 2020

Welcome to the 28th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

Rudi International: How do we involve MPs in our digital rights work?
Rudi International: How do we involve MPs in our digital rights work? 13 August 2020 Rudi International

APC member organisation Rudi International, based in the DRC, asks how civil society organisations can involve legislators and policy makers in digital rights advocacy.

FIFAfrica20 to be hosted by CIPESA in partnership with Paradigm Initiative
FIFAfrica20 to be hosted by CIPESA in partnership with Paradigm Initiative 11 August 2020 CIPESA

On 28-30 September 2020, the seventh edition of the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa will be co-hosted by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa and Paradigm Initiative, with a hybrid approach that blends online and physical interactions.

REG4COVID: Community network responses to the pandemic
REG4COVID: Community network responses to the pandemic 04 August 2020 Marta Kopp

As a part of the ITU's pandemic response, the platform REG4COVID was launched, providing a space for regulators and civil society to share their own initiatives. APC asked their community network partners to contribute to the platform, given the general absence of civil society input.

KICTANet: Kenya’s burden – the effects of digital taxes on SMEs
KICTANet: Kenya’s burden – the effects of digital taxes on SMEs 30 July 2020 Mwenda Tevin Gitonga for KICTANet

The Kenyan government has introduced a digital tax programme that presents a challenge to pre-existing and new technology companies under the small and medium-sized categories (SMEs), which are the backbone of the country’s economy.

DEF: Low-cost connectivity solutions fostering openness in times of COVID-19
DEF: Low-cost connectivity solutions fostering openness in times of COVID-19 21 July 2020 DEF

Because of the pandemic, India has been under lockdown since March. What does this mean for rural communities, only 20% of whom have access to the internet? Community networks established by organisations like Digital Empowerment Foundation are bringing critical services to 100 villages of India.

Digital-shy Zimbabwe’s schools feel the brunt of COVID-19
Digital-shy Zimbabwe’s schools feel the brunt of COVID-19 30 June 2020 Kenneth Matimaire

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how citizens become vulnerable when governments do not protect and promote human rights in the online environment. The pandemic has critically affected the global education sector, potentially compromising the right to education.

Joint submission to the Ethiopian Communications Authority on draft telecommunications licensing regulations
Joint submission to the Ethiopian Communications Authority on draft telecommunications licensing regulations 30 June 2020 Various

On 17 June 2020, APC collaborated with other organisations to submit a contribution to the draft Telecommunications Licensing Directive No. 1/2020. In the contribution, we recommend the Ethiopian Communications Authority consider international recommendations, as well as best practices in other countries both regionally and globally.

Compulsory e-learning in Namibia’s public schools: A commendable idea marred by the digital divide?
Compulsory e-learning in Namibia’s public schools: A commendable idea marred by the digital divide? 24 June 2020 Nashilongo Gervasius

Cracks within the Namibian education system have been exposed by COVID-19, and the detrimental effects they pose to the right to development and access to knowledge, as set out in Principle 7 of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, have increasingly become apparent.

COVID-19 exposes the damage of the ex-regime’s empowerment policy on ICTs and the impact of US sanctions against Sudan
COVID-19 exposes the damage of the ex-regime’s empowerment policy on ICTs and the impact of US sanctions against Sudan 24 June 2020 Wala Mohammed

For decades, the internet has not reached all areas in Sudan proving the lack of real governmental effort to implement the principles of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms. 

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