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KICTANet: State of data protection in Kenya
KICTANet: State of data protection in Kenya 27 July 2018 KICTANet

In the last two decades, Kenya mobile communications and internet connectivity have rapidly increased. With these developments, the country has also developed a data economy. The data economy is the wealth and resources created from collection and processing of data. It is the cornerstone of the fourth industrial revolution which uses digital technologies to carry out processes, be they physical, digital, or biological. A key feature of the revolution is data-driven decision making, creation ...

Gendering Self-Censorship: Women Journalists and the Double Bind
Gendering Self-Censorship: Women Journalists and the Double Bind 18 July 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

Women, no matter which region, field or context they are in, are no strangers to self-censorship. The social constructs of "good women" globally encourage submissive, compromising behaviour from women, and self-censorship, especially in matters of importance, is generally encouraged. Pakistani women are no different. Censoring themselves, especially if their opinions are dissenting from the mainstream, is second nature. At home and within their families, censoring their fe...

Watching Cameroon through the lenses of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms
Watching Cameroon through the lenses of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms 04 July 2018 Protege QV

Information and communication technologies have now become not only a main and effective all-out development’s vector across the world economies, but also at the same time, a potential source of economic, social and political threat and even, a threat to human rights, notably the free expression in our societies. The government of Cameroon, a country of 22 million inhabitants located in the c...

Big data and data privacy in the Philippines
Big data and data privacy in the Philippines 03 July 2018 Foundation for Media Alternatives

What is big data? Given its name, does one define it simply in terms of size or quantity? If that’s the case, much of the excitement that surrounds it is overblown. History, after all, is teeming with evidence of humans dealing with generous amounts of data. That also means the concept is a dated one, merely resuscitated from relative obscurity. No. Big data goes beyond that—though volume r...

The RTI implementation challenge: An overview of implementation status of RTI laws in Federal, Sindh, KP and Punjab
The RTI implementation challenge: An overview of implementation status of RTI laws in Federal, Sindh, KP and Punjab 27 June 2018 Waqas Naeem

In the last five years the legislative landscape governing the practice of the right to information (RTI) in Pakistan has improved tremendously. RTI was codified as a constitutional right of the citizens of Pakistan with the 18th amendment in April 2010. The right was granted through the inclusion of Article 19(A) which states: “Every citizen shall have the right to have access to information...

Executive summary: Mapping research in gender and digital technology
Executive summary: Mapping research in gender and digital technology 08 June 2018 Namita Aavriti

Technology, by the wider internet rights and research community, is assumed to be a neutral tool, especially of development. The emerging sub-field of research around gender and digital technology is united in its understanding that gender biases and stereotypes are embedded in technology, and that this reproduces the existing problems around gender parity, gender-based violence, discrimination...

Infographic on net neutrality in Bangladesh
Infographic on net neutrality in Bangladesh 14 May 2018 Bytesforall Bangladesh

Bytesforall Bangladesh has prepared the following infographic on net neutrality in Bangladesh. It showcases the growth and penetration of internet over the years, its percentile representation in terms of connectivity, data usage, its relationship to social media usage, delivery of data based value-added services, examples of free or preferential services through mobile data network, laws,...

Media Matters for Democracy: Surrendering to silence in Pakistan
Media Matters for Democracy: Surrendering to silence in Pakistan 03 May 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

Surrendering to Silence: An account of self-censorship among Pakistani journalists is the latest publication by APC member Media Matters for Democracy on the state of freedom of expression and censorship among journalists in Pakistan. This study sets out to test the claims of self-censorship in the Pakistani news media through a survey of journalists working in the country. The study ...

EsLaRed: Analysis of policies that threaten access to the internet in Venezuela, as a consequence of the state of emergency, during the period 2016-2017
EsLaRed: Analysis of policies that threaten access to the internet in Venezuela, as a consequence of the state of emergency, during the period 2016-2017 09 April 2018 Edmundo Vitale, Sandra Benitez y Beatriz Sandia

In Venezuela, in recent decades, projects, programmes and plans on policies have been developed. These items are conceived to ensure equitable, affordable and sustainable access to the internet for the digitally excluded population, considering geographical location, gender, social stratum, disabilities or identity. These initiatives have been based on the strategic guidelines set out in the pl...

#Palestine 2017 Report: Palestinian online content targeted through mass surveillance, digital occupation and biased content moderation
#Palestine 2017 Report: Palestinian online content targeted through mass surveillance, digital occupation and biased content moderation 07 April 2018

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media published its annual report on Palestinian digital activism under the title #Palestine 2017. This annual report is being published for the third consecutive year and monitors social media activities of all Palestinians throughout 2017. The research provides statistics and information about Palestinians' internet access and usage, ex...

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