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Comments from civil society organisations and academia to the Ethiopian Communications Authority on the Universal Access and Service Framework and Universal Access Fund Regulation
Comments from civil society organisations and academia to the Ethiopian Communications Authority on the Universal Access and Service Framework and Universal Access Fund Regulation 30 October 2020 Various

This joint submission was made in response to an invitation by the Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) for interested stakeholders to submit their comments on a number of draft telecommunications-related directives and policies.

African civic tech and COVID-19: Five emerging trends
African civic tech and COVID-19: Five emerging trends 28 October 2020

Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa shares a brief on how the African civic tech community has created several innovations or adapted and repurposed existing resources to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

Privacy in the time of a pandemic: How is your data doing?
Privacy in the time of a pandemic: How is your data doing? 22 October 2020 Chenai Chair for GenderIT.org

This first piece in a three-part series using a feminist data justice perspective to understand artificial intelligence, privacy and data protection in South Africa looks at data and the right to privacy focusing on the current health pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Africa and human rights
The COVID-19 pandemic in Africa and human rights 21 October 2020 APCNews

APC with members of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition called on authors from the region to develop a series of reports on the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa and human rights. Read the summaries of the 19 papers here.

Tanzania tramples digital rights in fight against COVID-19 as elections loom
Tanzania tramples digital rights in fight against COVID-19 as elections loom 19 October 2020 CIPESA

Since the first case of COVID-19 was announced in Tanzania in March, the government has been in the spotlight for its handling of the pandemic. It has denied its severity, suspended media houses, and criminalised COVID-19 related speech through enactment and enforcement of repressive regulations.

Towards ending digital gender marginalisation
Towards ending digital gender marginalisation 19 October 2020 Y. Z. Yau for CITAD

A team of staff of CITAD went to Shara in the Sumaila local government area of Kano to conduct a COVID-19 sensitisation programme for teachers and students as well as parents of Shara Primary School, a community school that CITAD and the community established about four years ago.

Joint submission on proposed amendments to the South African Domestic Violence Act
Joint submission on proposed amendments to the South African Domestic Violence Act 15 October 2020 Various

On 9 October 2020, Research ICT Africa (RIA), APC, ALT Advisory and the Feministing While African (FWA) network made a submission to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services of South Africa in response to proposed amendments to the Domestic Violence Act.

Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa
Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa 14 October 2020 Internet Society and APC

Community-owned networks provide alternative, locally driven and sustainable solutions that are critical in addressing connectivity gaps in Africa. To explore these solutions, the next session of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa is taking place on 28 October 2020.

Internet governance: What did we achieve from 2016 to 2019?
Internet governance: What did we achieve from 2016 to 2019? 01 October 2020 APCNews

From 2016 to 2019, we worked for internet-related and ICT policy processes to protect the publicness of the internet and to be accessible, democratic, transparent, accountable and inclusive. How far did we get? Check it out!

The erosion of digital rights in the fight against COVID-19 in Kenya
The erosion of digital rights in the fight against COVID-19 in Kenya 29 September 2020 Victor Kapiyo for CIPESA

Kenya confirmed its first Covid-19 case on March 12, 2020, and as of August 26, 2020, the country had recorded at least 559 deaths, 32,803 confirmed cases, and 19,055 recoveries, with 429,513 persons tested. Even before the first case was confirmed in Kenya in February 2020, the government had moved to establish the National Emergency Response Committee on Covid-19 to coordinate its preparednes...

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