Africa

A Safer Web for Women
A Safer Web for Women 14 April 2021

A comic strip that demonstrates the challenges women face online, developed by our member Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet).

An ideal framework for the accountable use of personal data by law enforcement and state security agencies
An ideal framework for the accountable use of personal data by law enforcement and state security agencies 13 April 2021 Koliwe Majama

There are increasing concerns over the way in which some of the data collected through automated digital technologies for law enforcement is being manipulated or misused, prompting calls for more accountable use of personal data to protect the rights of citizens.

A tribute to Makane Faye: Trainer, mentor, friend and colleague
A tribute to Makane Faye: Trainer, mentor, friend and colleague 29 March 2021 APC and AfriSIG alumni

The community of the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) has lost a mentor and trainer following the death of faculty member Makane Faye in a road traffic accident in Senegal on Friday, 26 March 2021, while he was travelling to Dakar from the holy city of Touba.

Uganda's digital identification systems and processes in a protracted crisis: What can be done?
Uganda's digital identification systems and processes in a protracted crisis: What can be done? 24 March 2021 Unwanted Witness

This brief was informed by a systematic document review of published documents, including the Registration of Persons Act 2015, parliamentary reports, news articles and other reports on digital identity system processes, as well as key informant interviews and site visits.

How telecom companies in Africa can respond better to internet disruptions
How telecom companies in Africa can respond better to internet disruptions 24 March 2021 Victor Kapiyo, CIPESA

Disruptions to the internet and social media applications have emerged as a common and growing trend of digital repression, especially in authoritarian countries in Africa. Since 2019, numerous countries in the region have either restricted or fully blocked access to the internet.

Human rights online in Africa: New study explores technologies, tactics and techniques used to close digital space in 10 African countries
Human rights online in Africa: New study explores technologies, tactics and techniques used to close digital space in 10 African countries 01 March 2021 APCNews

The African Digital Rights Network has published the first study to compare the digital rights landscapes of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt and Cameroon.

The impact of COVID-19 on digital rights in Africa
The impact of COVID-19 on digital rights in Africa 23 February 2021

This publication is a compilation of 19 articles by African researchers, academics, journalists and human and digital rights activists on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on digital rights in Africa.

Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa: Inside an African community network
Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa: Inside an African community network 12 February 2021 Internet Society and APC

The fifth session of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa takes a deep dive inside the operations of an African community network.

Why Access to Information is Essential for Democratic Elections in Africa
Why Access to Information is Essential for Democratic Elections in Africa 29 January 2021 Dunia Mekonnen Tegegn

Though Africa has developed several normative frameworks and legal instruments defining democratic elections, the wider dissemination of relevant information during the electoral process remains a challenge, putting the credibility of the process into question.

Uganda 2021 general elections: The internet shutdown and its ripple effects
Uganda 2021 general elections: The internet shutdown and its ripple effects 25 January 2021 Unwanted Witness

On Wednesday 13 January 2021, the eve of Uganda’s general elections, Uganda’s communications regulator UCC ordered telecoms operators and internet service providers in the country to suspend all internet gateways until further notice.

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