The Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has been working on monitoring and promoting internet freedoms in selected African countries under the OpenNet Africa Project.
From July 10 to 12 2014, Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria, hosted the third African governance forum. This is a United Nations led activity initiated in 2006 as part of the Millennium Development Goals.
APC’s Emilar Gandhi recently returned from the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Abuja, Nigeria, where she co-organised a workshop on public access to information and communications technologies (ICTs). Emilar spoke to APCNews about what public access would look like in Africa.
The meeting, convened by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, in collaboration with APC, will look at the issues related to the protection and promotion of children’s rights in the area of communication media and internet in Africa.
Expert Consultation on Freedom of Expression, Internet Access and Human Rights in Africa: Context, Issues and Challenges
In 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, presented recommendations for governments in the area of access to internet and freedom of expression.
Earlier this year, civil society organisations drafted the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms in order to guide internet development across Africa. APC and partners launched a wide, public consultation online and through meetings across the continent. Everyone is invited to contribute. The consultation closes 4 August. French and Arabic versions are available.
The African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) was held in Abuja, Nigeria on 10-12 July 2014.
The APC “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project is changing women’s lives. This week, the project partner in Kenya, IAWRT, shares the stories of women whose organisations were strengthened in a sustainable way to address technology-related violence against women after a training of trainers, and how those learnings impacted on the lives of hundreds of Kenyan women.
Later this week at the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nigeria, the APC and International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) will advocate information and communications technologies (ICTs) as a means to access information, build knowledge and foster development. According to the latest figures from the International Telecommunications Union, 40% of the world’s population is using the internet, compared to 20% of the population in Africa. The workshop at the African IGF will explore concrete ways to increase public access such as through libraries and educational institutions, as a means to advance the UN’s post-2015 development agenda. Follow the discussion: #public access #post2015
APC denounces the arrests of 23 protestors and human rights defenders in Egypt, including the arrest of Yara Sallam, long-time APC partner and human rights advocate. Since the introduction of the protest law in November, there have been a string of actions aimed at silencing dissent in Egypt. APC fully supports the call from Nazra for Feminist Studies to release the human rights defenders and comply with international standards on freedom of assembly.