Announcement | The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is the newest member of the civil society constituency of the Global Network Initiative. CIPESA works to inform policymakers and other stakeholders across the African continent about the connection between rights-based ICT policies and good governance and improved livelihoods. GNI will […] Read More

By Ashnah Kalemera | A Tanzanian court has acquitted the founders of popular online discussion platform Jamii Forums, who were charged over failure to comply with a police order to disclose the identity of two users of their platform. The magistrate’s court at Kisitu in the capital Dar es Salaam found that Maxence Melo and […] Read More

By Ashnah Kalemera | Human rights review mechanisms such as the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and the Africa Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) provide a unique opportunity to address human rights concerns in African countries. The cooperative nature of the review mechanisms allows different stakeholders to make country submissions for consideration […] Read More

By Juliet Nanfuka | On May 30, 2018, Uganda’s parliament passed the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill 2018, which will see users of Over-The-Top (OTT) services that include messaging and voice calls via Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and Viber pay a mandatory fee of UGX 200 (USD 0.05) per day of use. In another move that could […] Read More

Joint Call | The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is part of a joint calling on G20 countries to place citizens and consumers at the centre of decisions around the digital society. The call states, "For the digital society to be open, safe, and empowering for everyone, policies for […] Read More

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