Africa

CITAD promotes community networks to bring internet access to the half of the Nigerian population who are still unconnected
CITAD promotes community networks to bring internet access to the half of the Nigerian population who are still unconnected 28 July 2021 CITAD

As the Nigerian telecoms regulator is reviewing its licensing processes, CITAD is calling for the inclusion of community networks as a special category of licences to help reach the more than 50% of Nigerians who still have no access to the internet, which has become more vital than ever.

The identity predicament: A story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights
The identity predicament: A story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights 22 July 2021 Cecilia Maundu for GenderIT.org

The integrated biometric database system in Kenya exposes multilayered challenges of statelessness, loss of basic human rights and obstacles to availing government services. Through conversations with Mariam, a Nubian woman we learn about the tedious and lengthy process to obtain an ID card.

Mapping and Analysis of Privacy Laws and Policies in Africa: Summary Report
Mapping and Analysis of Privacy Laws and Policies in Africa: Summary Report 22 July 2021 Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)

While privacy has become ever more crucial in a world where digital technologies are key to livelihoods and the promotion of other rights, there are insufficient protections for the right to privacy in many African countries, and some have steadily taken measures to undermine this right.

Call for applications for Ninth African School on Internet Governance now open
Call for applications for Ninth African School on Internet Governance now open 22 July 2021 African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)

APC, the African Union Commission and Research ICT Africa are pleased to open the call for the 2021 African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). This year’s edition will take the form of a two-week online programme between 4 and 19 October. The deadline for applications is 23 August.

New APC member Pollicy: “We have so much to learn from this beautiful and loving network, and we want to contribute towards this larger movement”
New APC member Pollicy: “We have so much to learn from this beautiful and loving network, and we want to contribute towards this larger movement” 22 July 2021 APCNews

Meet Pollicy, a Uganda-based feminist collective of technologists, data scientists, creatives and academics working at the intersection of data, design and technology and one of the newest additions to the APC member network.

Seeding change: La Différence strengthens Pamoja Net, a community-owned network for people living on a remote island in DRC
Seeding change: La Différence strengthens Pamoja Net, a community-owned network for people living on a remote island in DRC 21 July 2021 APCNews

How are APC partners improving their communities' lives? By working side-by-side with the local community, La Différence builds Pamoja Net, a community-owned network providing internet access, while facilitating technological learning for youth on the island of Idjwi.

Digital rights in Zimbabwe: Joint submission to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe
Digital rights in Zimbabwe: Joint submission to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe 20 July 2021 Various

This UPR submission was co-authored by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe Chapter, Small Media and Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), and supported by APC and numerous other global and regional organisations.

Zaina Foundation
Zaina Foundation 16 July 2021

Founded in 2017, Zaina Foundation is non-profit organisation in Tanzania which empowers women in technology through capacity building and workshops on digital security and privacy. Zaina Foundation has positioned itself as a leading NGO in promoting digital rights for women in Tanzania, where the safety, affordability and accessibility of the internet are vital to marginalised women. Zaina Foun...

Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa: Essential tools and resources for sustainable networks
Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa: Essential tools and resources for sustainable networks 15 July 2021 Internet Society and APC

The first session of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa season 2021/2022, taking place on 28 July, will present tools and resources to navigate the stages and processes needed to set up and operate a sustainable community network. Find out more and register to join us. 

Local Networks 2021 grants: Meet the 15 projects selected to strengthen community networks in Asia, Africa and Latin America
Local Networks 2021 grants: Meet the 15 projects selected to strengthen community networks in Asia, Africa and Latin America 13 July 2021

The open call received 96 applications from initiatives and projects directly engaged with existing or new community networks around the world. Find out more about the 15 initiatives selected to receive the grants from among the many impressive proposals.

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