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“We need to take the African Declaration of Internet Rights to where the people are”
“We need to take the African Declaration of Internet Rights to where the people are” 04 May 2016

Nigerian internet rights defender Gbenga Sesan talks about the African Declaration on Internet Rights, youth and the importance of regional work.

Women's Rights and the Internet in Uganda: Stakeholder Report, Universal Periodic Review 26th Session – Uganda
Women's Rights and the Internet in Uganda: Stakeholder Report, Universal Periodic Review 26th Session – Uganda 28 March 2016 WOUGNET, CIPESA and APC

This submission is a joint stakeholder contribution to the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism for Uganda. It focuses on women’s rights and the internet in Uganda, and explores the extent of implementation of the recommendations made in the previous cycle of the UPR.

CIPESA: "The African Declaration is key to reach a common understanding of online rights policy"
CIPESA: "The African Declaration is key to reach a common understanding of online rights policy" 15 March 2016 APC

“A fundamental challenge in the digital age is how to protect human rights and freedoms on the Internet, and the African continent is no exception.” To know more about the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, APC has talked to CIPESA, an organisation that works in promoting effective and inclusive ICTs in Africa.

Joint letter on internet shutdown in Uganda
Joint letter on internet shutdown in Uganda 24 February 2016 Various

On the morning of national elections, 18 February, Ugandan internet users were blocked from using Twitter, Facebook, and other communications platforms. APC member CIPESA, Access Now, and other civil society groups called for renewed respect for human rights in the wake of this violation.

Kampala street
Kampala street 24 February 2016

<p>&#8220;<a href="https://flic.kr/p/zoc8UD">Kampala Street</a>&#8220; by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/129936023@N02/">Brian Harries</a> is licensed under CC BY 2.0.</p>

Open letter to the Nigerian Senate on the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (aka “Social Media” Bill)
Open letter to the Nigerian Senate on the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (aka “Social Media” Bill) 17 December 2015

We are a coalition of Nigerian, African, and international organisations writing to you about the proposed Frivolous Petitions (Prohibitions, etc) Bill that has provisions for social media regulation.

Alex Comninos' Preliminary Comments on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill
Alex Comninos' Preliminary Comments on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill 02 December 2015 Alex Comminos

Preliminary Comments on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill (Draft for Public Comment). Submitted independently by Alex Comninos (MsocSci International Relations – University of Cape Town), Independent Researcher and Doctoral Candidate Justus Liebig University Giessen.

South Africa Cybercrimes Bill will be impossible to implement without violating rights
South Africa Cybercrimes Bill will be impossible to implement without violating rights 02 December 2015 APC

Cyber security is essential for the exercise of both online and offline rights, as it is key to privacy and the protection of personal data. At APC we understand the need for a cyber crime and cyber security bill to make South Africa a safer place online. However, we suggest, along with many experts from different backgrounds, that the Bill be rejected in its current form.    

APC's Written Submission on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill
APC's Written Submission on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill 02 December 2015 APC

APC welcomes the invitation for public comment on the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. APC believes that this Bill has great potential to ensure that the internet becomes a safe environment for citizens to explore and use in their everyday lives and work, particularly as it relates to the safety and privacy of personal data, and in ...

African Internet Rights. Whose rights are these anyway?, at IGF 2015
African Internet Rights. Whose rights are these anyway?, at IGF 2015 11 November 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

African Internet Rights. Whose rights are these anyway? was the provocative title of a panel that explored how policy frameworks affect human rights on the continent.    

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