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APC celebrates Africa Day with roundtable addressing human rights and the internet
APC celebrates Africa Day with roundtable addressing human rights and the internet 25 May 2017

As the world commemorates Africa Day this week, APC is convening a roundtable in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission and the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Access and beyond: Navigating the gendered cyberspace
Access and beyond: Navigating the gendered cyberspace 17 April 2017

Affordability is one of the primary barriers to internet access, and particularly to optimal use. Knowing this fully from our previous research, Research ICT Africa (RIA) conducted focus groups in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda in November 2016.

An eye-opening experience in Guadalajara
An eye-opening experience in Guadalajara 24 February 2017

My name is Masibulele Siya, but I’m also known as Jay where I live in rural Eastern Cape in South Africa. I was born in the mid-1980’s and raised in these rural areas, but I left my homeland for about seven years for educational purposes.    

Promoting the right to information across Africa at the Forum on Internet Freedom
Promoting the right to information across Africa at the Forum on Internet Freedom 24 February 2017

Internet freedom, according to the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2016, means access to any kind of information through the internet. Free flow of information. Nothing should hinder your access.    

Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa
Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa 26 January 2017

Masibulele Jay Siya told APCNews the story of Mankosi, a village that came together to build and maintain its own telecommunications network and offer affordable communications to the people in rural Eastern Cape.

Sekoetlane Phamodi, APC’s new Africa policy coordinator: “Women are holding knives by their blades”
Sekoetlane Phamodi, APC’s new Africa policy coordinator: “Women are holding knives by their blades” 13 January 2017

African internet rights are at the core of APC’s work and will take another step forward with our new Africa policy regional coordinator, Sekoetlane Phamodi, who just joined APC.

Role of internet in realising sexual and reproductive rights in Uganda: Interview with Allana Kembabazi
Role of internet in realising sexual and reproductive rights in Uganda: Interview with Allana Kembabazi 13 January 2017

The Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 2016 focuses on economic, social, cultural rights (ESCRs) and the link it has to the internet.    

What steps can Africans take and lead in internet governance and social justice?
What steps can Africans take and lead in internet governance and social justice? 14 December 2016

Almost three years ago, I published a blog post on CircleID titled “Internet Governance: Why Africa Should Take the Lead"    

The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper South Africa 2016: Commentary on the internet
The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper South Africa 2016: Commentary on the internet 14 December 2016

The recently published white paper focuses on convergence of modern and traditional modes of communication, which is a big step in connecting the present to the future of information and communications technologies (ICTs). The use of data in formulating policies and monitoring progress is also a great step towards an evidence-based policy that measures progress within set timelines.

Overcoming gender-based digital exclusion in northern Nigeria: A strategy document
Overcoming gender-based digital exclusion in northern Nigeria: A strategy document 06 December 2016

In an effort to develop appropriate strategies for digital inclusion of women in northern Nigeria, CITAD undertook pilot research to understand the factors that inhibit the effective use of the internet by women in the region, with the support of an APC subgrant.