African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms

Watching Cameroon through the lenses of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms
Watching Cameroon through the lenses of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms 04 July 2018 Protege QV

Information and communication technologies have now become not only a main and effective all-out development’s vector across the world economies, but also at the same time, a potential source of economic, social and political threat and even, a threat to human rights, notably the free expression in our societies. The government of Cameroon, a country of 22 million inhabitants located in the central part of Africa puts a special emphasis on ICTs and the Internet to address the country’s ma...

Job call: African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms project coordinator
Job call: African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms project coordinator 25 June 2018

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is a pan-African initiative to promote human rights online in Africa. Driving the Declaration is a coalition that includes around 40 individuals and organisations and a Secretariat made up of three organisations that are founding members of the coalition. We are looking for someone to coordinate an 18-month project: Securing human rights online in Africa through a strong and active "African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms" ne...

2018 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) set to take place in Ghana
2018 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) set to take place in Ghana 14 June 2018

The Collaboration for International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica). This year, the Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Media Foundation West Africa (MFWA) and will take place on 26-28 September 2018 in Accra, Ghana. The Forum is a landmark event that convenes vario...

Fifth African School on Internet Governance to take place in Egypt
Fifth African School on Internet Governance to take place in Egypt 23 November 2017

Capacity building on internet governance in Africa will take another step forward with the fifth annual African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG 2017), taking place on 28 November to 2 December 2017 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. The school, organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), received an overwhelming response to its call for applications this year, which was la...

Digital rights strategic litigation: Suing governments when online freedoms are violated
Digital rights strategic litigation: Suing governments when online freedoms are violated 13 October 2017 Françoise Mukuku

Africa as a whole is facing a critical crisis when it comes to digital rights. Internet shutdowns are on the rise, breach of privacy is becoming common, and arbitrary charges and prosecution of journalists, bloggers and common citizens over critical opinions expressed on internet are rampant. It seems like everyone is waking up to the fact that after restricting physical civic spaces and making...

Call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)
Call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 11 October 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). The 2017 School will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 28 November to 2 December, to coincide with the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) which will also take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, from 4 to 6 December...

African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms platform launched in more languages for wider engagement and outreach
African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms platform launched in more languages for wider engagement and outreach 10 October 2017 Olga Tsafack-Koloko

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, commonly called the African Declaration (AD), is a pan-African initiative to promote human rights standards and principles of openness in internet policy formulation and implementation on the continent. The AD is intended to elaborate on the principles which are necessary to uphold human and peoples' rights and to cultivate an internet en...

FIFAfrica17: Advancing freedom of expression and access to information towards deepening democracy in Africa
FIFAfrica17: Advancing freedom of expression and access to information towards deepening democracy in Africa 04 October 2017 Sekoetlane Phamodi

At the launch of the fourth annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, hosted for the first time in Southern Africa by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), over 150 policy makers, civil society actors, technologists and intergovernmental agencies took part in ce...

Perspectives on universal free access to online information in South Africa: Free public Wi-Fi and zero-rated content
Perspectives on universal free access to online information in South Africa: Free public Wi-Fi and zero-rated content 27 September 2017 This paper was prepared for APC by Applied Law & Technology Ltd, in collaboration with the South African National Editors’ Forum, Media Monitoring Africa, and the Interactive Advertising Bureau of South Africa

The ability to receive and impart information online, in particular through the internet, has become central to the exercise and enjoyment of fundamental human rights and freedoms. It enables people to engage in an array of learning experiences, build information and knowledge societies, foster public and private debate, establish organisations, and contribute to public interest innovation. Thr...

Braamfontein communiqué on the role of national human rights institutions in protecting and promoting human rights online in Africa
Braamfontein communiqué on the role of national human rights institutions in protecting and promoting human rights online in Africa 21 September 2017

28 May 2017 We, the participants at the Roundtable on “The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Protecting and Promoting Human Rights Online” held in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa, from 26 to 28 May 2017, drawn from representatives of some national human rights institutions and civil society organisations across Africa: Observing that national human rights institutions (...

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