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Data Protection Africa: A tool for information, advocacy and activism in Africa
Data Protection Africa: A tool for information, advocacy and activism in Africa 21 January 2020 Michael Power, ALT Advisory

Phase 1 of Data Protection Africa (DPA) has launched! DPA is an online open-access portal that provides information on data protection laws and access to data protection authorities in 31 African countries. The portal also lists digital rights organisations which work in the data protection space in Africa. Phase 2 is coming soon. A full review of data protection laws in 31 African countries Africa is undergoing a digital transformation, and while this presents exciting and innovative opp...

Making a Feminist Internet in Africa: The importance of including the most marginalised among us
Making a Feminist Internet in Africa: The importance of including the most marginalised among us 28 November 2019 Fabiola Ingabire

What makes the internet so exciting? How can we make the internet more accessible and safe for African women? How can we ensure that when we discuss issues of access, we are not excluding those most marginalised among us, such as refugees and women living in disconnected rural areas? How do we build solidarity among African feminists both online and offline? How do we take movements that start online and transform them into tangible effective movements offline? And last but not least, how do ...

A need for a sustainable environment discussion in the internet governance space
A need for a sustainable environment discussion in the internet governance space 09 October 2019 Morisola Moromoke

This blog post was originally published on the website of the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). I was really excited about my selection to participate in the 7th edition of the African School of Internet Governance which took place in the city of N’Djamena, Chad. The school hosted a diverse group of people from the African continent and outside the continent. The...

Three women shaping the future of the internet in Africa
Three women shaping the future of the internet in Africa 25 September 2019 APCNews

How can accessibility in rural areas of Africa be improved? What are the challenges for women and girls in terms of internet access? How are internet shutdowns affecting African users? These are some of the issues that Josephine Miliza, Sophie Ngassa and Amanda Manyame focus on, as African experts on internet access with a strong gender perspective. The three of them&nb...

Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa
Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa 12 August 2019

Online spaces and digital technologies have emerged as a critical and influential site for feminist activism and organising in Africa. From trending hashtags such as #BringBackOurGirls in Nigeria and #TotalShutdown in South Africa, to WhatsApp and Signal groups in countries across the region where feminists, activists and LGBTIQ people gather to share, plan and commune, digital technologies hav...

Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy
Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy 15 May 2019 Koliwe Majama

Events in the first quarter of 2019 indicate that Africa urgently needs to agree on a homegrown strategy for the protection and promotion of online rights and freedoms on the continent. During the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) held in Lagos, Nigeria on 24-25 April 2019, at a session hosted by APC on behalf of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Secretariat, parti...

Despots and disruptions: The greater the tendency to authoritarianism, the higher the chances of internet shutdowns
Despots and disruptions: The greater the tendency to authoritarianism, the higher the chances of internet shutdowns 25 March 2019 APCNews

The year 2019 started with five African countries – Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon, Sudan and Zimbabwe – facing internet disruptions, a very dangerous trend that reveals a rise in authoritarianism on the continent. This is the focus of Despots and Disruptions: Five Dimensions of Internet Shutdowns in Africa, a recently launched study by APC member Collaboration on Inte...

Despots and Disruptions: Five Dimensions of Internet Shutdowns in Africa
Despots and Disruptions: Five Dimensions of Internet Shutdowns in Africa 28 February 2019 Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)

In regards to internet freedom, Africa got off to an awful start in 2019. Internet disruptions were registered in five countries (Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sudan and Zimbabwe) within the first three weeks of the year. The disruptions were related to elections, protests against government policies, and what seemed like a coup attempt. With several nations set to conduct election...

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 an...

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...

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