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Save the date: South Africa to host Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, 27-29 September 2017
Save the date: South Africa to host Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, 27-29 September 2017 21 April 2017

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and APC are happy to announce the date and location for the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2017. This year’s edition of the Forum will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 27-29 September. The decision to hold the event here will contribute to expanding the physical footprint of FIFAfrica, which has since its inception in 2014 been held in Kampala, Uga...

Joint statement on attacks on environmental activists in South Africa
Joint statement on attacks on environmental activists in South Africa 17 July 2018 Various

The undersigned organisations condemn the recent vicious attacks on environmental justice activists in South Africa. In one case, we are outraged at the reported murder on 11 July 2018 of Mr. D. Shange, an activist who had opposed a relocation of the community in KwaDube in KwaZulu Natal (KZN). KZN violence monitor Mary de Haas has reported that people living on this land have been informed by various authorities that they must be relocated to accommodate onshore mining operations between Mth...

Views and perspectives on gender rights online for the global South: “Redefining rights for a gender-inclusive networked future”
Views and perspectives on gender rights online for the global South: “Redefining rights for a gender-inclusive networked future” 06 July 2018 Amrita Choudhury and Nadira Al-Araj

The internet today has been recognized as one of the key enablers to bridge the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots"; empowering women, indigenous population and ethnic minorities. While the number of internet users has been growing significantly, yet significant discrepancies on who can actually access and benefit from it has been observed. In fact, there is a significant differenc...

The Gambia YMCA Computer Training Centre and Digital Studio
The Gambia YMCA Computer Training Centre and Digital Studio 05 July 2018

Since its foundation in 1979, The Gambia YMCA Computer Training Centre and Digital Studio has been involved in youth-related and development activities. It has branches in every region of the country. The overall aim of The Gambia YMCA is to continue to help develop the potential of Gambian youth so that they will be empowered with the necessary skills to be able to live and...

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...

Universal Periodic Review
Universal Periodic Review 02 July 2018

In partnership with members and networks, APC’s Internet Rights programme advocates for the protection, promotion and respect of human rights at the national level through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique mechanism of the Human Rights Council involving a review of the human rights records of all UN member states. With our members and partners, APC has submitted stakehol...

CIPESA: Uganda blocks access to social media, VPNs and dating sites as new tax takes effect
CIPESA: Uganda blocks access to social media, VPNs and dating sites as new tax takes effect 02 July 2018 Juliet Nanfuka

Article republished from CIPESA's website. As of midnight on July 1, 2018, telecom companies in Uganda blocked access to social media platforms for all users and required them to pay a newly introduced Over-The-Top (OTT) tax before regaining access. The tax resulted from a March 2018 presidential directive for social media to be taxed to raise resources “to cope with the consequences” ...

Job call: African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms project coordinator
Job call: African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms project coordinator 25 June 2018

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is a pan-African initiative to promote human rights online in Africa. Driving the Declaration is a coalition that includes around 40 individuals and organisations and a Secretariat made up of three organisations that are founding members of the coalition. We are looking for someone to coordinate an 18-month project: Securing human rights o...

2018 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) set to take place in Ghana
2018 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) set to take place in Ghana 14 June 2018

The Collaboration for International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica). This year, the Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Media Foundation West Africa (MFWA) and will take place on 26-28 September 2018 in Accra, Ghana. The Forum is a landmark event that convenes vario...

Internet freedom in Africa and the Universal Periodic Review
Internet freedom in Africa and the Universal Periodic Review 13 June 2018 Ashnah Kalemera

Human rights review mechanisms such as the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) provide a unique opportunity to address human rights concerns in African countries. The cooperative nature of the review mechanisms allows different stakeholders to make country submissions for consideration by the Human Rights Counci...

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