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The bigger picture: Assessing Zimbabwe’s internet blockade
The bigger picture: Assessing Zimbabwe’s internet blockade 22 February 2019 Koliwe Majama

As African citizens become progressively aware of their rights, more will take to the streets to demand that their leaders meet their needs. Civil disobedience is a tool that some governments on the continent are increasingly realising can be fuelled and sustained by the internet, and this has seen more governments impose an internet shutdown. This has become a go-to solution at both country and regional level despite commitments to ensure democratic governance of the internet in regional blo...

KICTANet: Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa?
KICTANet: Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa? 19 February 2019 KICTANet

"This was a major breach of trust. We have a basic responsibility to protect people's data. If we can't do that, we don't deserve to have the opportunity to serve people." These were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's words after public revelations that Cambridge Analytica had collected the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent. However, almost a year after the revelations, the company's failure to protect users' privacy has only become mo...

Women and community networks in Africa
Women and community networks in Africa 23 January 2019 APCNews

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been universally acknowledged as enablers for socio economic development. However, women in Africa still face large barriers in terms of access and capacity to benefit from the use of these technologies, especially women living in rural areas. In the words of Nicola Bidwell, Professor of Computer Science at Namibia's Internat...

Internet shutdowns in Africa: "It is like being cut off from the world"
Internet shutdowns in Africa: "It is like being cut off from the world" 16 January 2019 APCNews

On 11 January, while researching the current wave of internet shutdowns in Africa, we contacted our Harare-based colleague Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha, coordinator of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms project, to get his insights. He responded three days later: "Sorry for the delay, I was experiencing outages myself. Zimbabwe is on shutdown." Throughout the African continent...

Shaping the internet we want: Gender perspectives on FIFAfrica 2018
Shaping the internet we want: Gender perspectives on FIFAfrica 2018 24 October 2018 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

Since 2014, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), a Ugandan-based think tank, has being convening the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) in collaboration with other partners. This year, in collaboration with the Media Foundation for West Africa (MWFA), participants from different parts of the continent and beyond were brought together ...

AfriSIG 2018: Interview with Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky on multistakeholder decision making
AfriSIG 2018: Interview with Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky on multistakeholder decision making 18 October 2018 Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky for APCNews

AfriSIG fellow Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky reflects on the importance of including youth and grassroots organizations in multistakeholder decision making after the School's collaborative governance workshop.

Mentoring women in technology: Laying out the landscape
Mentoring women in technology: Laying out the landscape 09 October 2018 Nodumo Dhlamini for GenderIT.org

t will be helpful for all of us to understand the landscape in which the initiatives for mentoring women in technology exist.  During my 25-year work experience I have witnessed the value of mentoring girls and women to become confident users and implementers of information and communications technology (ICT) tools and solutions. I am passionate about the girl child and I participate in me...

Sixth African School on Internet Governance to take place in Zanzibar, 11-16 October 2018
Sixth African School on Internet Governance to take place in Zanzibar, 11-16 October 2018 01 October 2018 APCNews

The sixth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) will take place in Zanzibar, 11-16 October 2018. The School, organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the African Union Commission and Research ICT Africa, will be attended by 34 Africans fellows drawn from multiple sectors and stakeholder groups. AfriSIG 2018 will give the fellows the opportunity to g...

Exploring Africa’s digitalisation agenda with Koliwe Majama
Exploring Africa’s digitalisation agenda with Koliwe Majama 28 September 2018 APCNews

“It’s important to ask, does Africa have a digitalisation agenda? Who set it? What is the strategy? Who is the gatekeeper?” These are the crucial questions APC’s Koliwe Majama posed at the start of her keynote lecture, delivered at the “Digitalisation in Africa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Technology, Development and Justice” conference at the University of Tübingen, Germany ...

Changes in the telecoms landscape and their implications for universal, affordable access to communication in Africa
Changes in the telecoms landscape and their implications for universal, affordable access to communication in Africa 26 September 2018 APCNews

What are the most relevant changes in the telecommunications landscape and their implications for achieving universal, affordable access to communication in Africa? This was the main focus of a workshop organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) on 9 September 2018. Held as a pre-event to the 201...

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