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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

Participants at the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum in Lagos, Nigeria agreed that the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is a good starting point for the protection and promotion of online rights and freedoms on the continent, which are increasingly under threat.

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

2019 started with five African countries facing internet disruptions, a very dangerous trend that reveals a rise in authoritarianism on the continent. This is the focus of a recently launched study by APC member Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA).

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)

This report presents observations on the shutdowns experienced in recent years, and points to a link between the level of authoritarianism in a country and the likelihood of experiencing a network shutdown. It also looks at the economic and social impacts of these disruptions.

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

Civil disobedience is a tool that some governments on the African continent are increasingly realising can be fuelled and sustained by the internet, and this has seen more governments impose an internet shutdown.

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

Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa? How important is it to raise awareness about this issue? APC member KICTANet explores these questions in a series of interviews gathered in this video.

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

"Many women live in rural Africa and it's difficult for mobile operators to afford to extend to all of these areas. But if you can support community networks this means helping women too. So I would say that the first step for women's access is to support community networks."

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

Throughout the African continent, where many APC members and partners are based, recent weeks have seen a fresh spate of internet shutdowns that have hindered public access to information and communications.

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

The annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa brings together people from across the continent to deliberate on privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online in the region. But what about gender perspectives?

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

Equity in digital access in Africa is far from being a reality. There is also a paucity of women in technology-related careers and more broadly in STEM. Nodumo Dhlamini explores the necessity of mentoring for women to make them confident users and implementers of ICT tools and solutions.

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