Africa

Zimbabwe’s digital leap falls short in bridging access to justice gaps
Zimbabwe’s digital leap falls short in bridging access to justice gaps 15 April 2024 Nompilo Simanje

The digitisation of Zimbabwe’s judiciary marks a significant stride forward in the nation’s digital transformation. However, there’s an immediate need for cross-sector collaboration to ensure that this advancement doesn’t restrict access to justice.

Bridging the digital divide: Insights from the Africa Community Networks Exchange
Bridging the digital divide: Insights from the Africa Community Networks Exchange 09 April 2024 Maria José Casares García

Community networks in Africa stand as beacons of innovation and resilience. Through a series of four webinars, Tanda Community Network along with APC and and Rhizomatica's LocNet initiative helped with capacity building and explored such networks' challenges, triumphs and how to support them in bridging the digital divide.

Safety for Voices: Call for applications for subgrants
Safety for Voices: Call for applications for subgrants 08 April 2024

These subgrants are designed to support the development and implementation of holistic safety strategies, including research, advocacy and capacity building, through initiatives that explore the intersections between technology and land and environmental issues.

Unregulated CCTV in Zambia sparks data privacy concerns
Unregulated CCTV in Zambia sparks data privacy concerns 31 March 2024 Mwazi Sakala and Maureen Mulenga

The use of CCTV for face recognition or tracking of motor vehicles based on their number plate registration has raised the important question about a person’s right to privacy and as such a suitable legislation is required to ensure Zambia falls within the universally accepted parameters.

Centre for Multilateral Affairs (CfMA)
Centre for Multilateral Affairs (CfMA) 27 March 2024

The Centre for Multilateral Affairs aids policy thinking and advances African and global South perspectives and priorities in domestic, regional and international policy discourses. Its approach is to inform, shape and advance African and global South perspectives and priorities at multistakeholder policy platforms. It keenly explores the intersection of digital and cyberspace governance and mu...

Community networks newsletter: What changes when connectivity is rooted in communities?
Community networks newsletter: What changes when connectivity is rooted in communities? 26 March 2024 APCNews

By being rooted in their own communities and encouraging collective articulation, a community network can became a catalyst for rethinking digital spaces and build more inclusive practices – as the pieces collated for this issue show.

Southern Africa Digital Rights Issue Number 3: SADC's Rocky Path - The challenges of biometric and digital identity systems
Southern Africa Digital Rights Issue Number 3: SADC's Rocky Path - The challenges of biometric and digital identity systems 26 March 2024 Various

This issue of Digital Rights Southern Africa makes clear that there is no or slow commensurate roll-out of measures to ensure that biometric data collection and processing systems are secure and to the actual benefit of the societies in which they are being implemented.

Rights watered down in draft privacy and data protection bill in Namibia
Rights watered down in draft privacy and data protection bill in Namibia 25 March 2024 Frederico Links

Some of the areas of specific human rights concern raised about the 2022 draft were underdeveloped consent provisions, the almost complete absence of protections for data subjects, and the absence of carve-outs for journalistic, artistic and academic data collection and processing.

Unveiling the landscape: Malawi’s data protection journey and the evolving digital rights terrain
Unveiling the landscape: Malawi’s data protection journey and the evolving digital rights terrain 21 March 2024 Moses Kaufa

In Malawi, authorities are increasingly demanding that citizens surrender personal information for routine activities, ranging from using a mobile phone to participating in elections, and the absence of a robust, currently enacted data protection law jeopardises citizens’ right to privacy.

Eswatini strives for digital sovereignty amid technological advancements
Eswatini strives for digital sovereignty amid technological advancements 11 March 2024 Ndimphiwe Shabangu

In Eswatini, two key legislative measures impact internet governance: the Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Act of 2022 and the Data Protection Act of 2022. Concerns loom over potential implications of these statutes, particularly in terms of press freedom and freedom of expression on social media.

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