#FIFAfrica21 | On September 28-30, 2021 the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) will host the eighth edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (#FIFAfrica21). Now in its second year as a hybrid pan-African and global event, the Forum has grown to inform best practice on digital rights […] Read more

By Edrine Wanyama | The Lesotho government has drafted the Communications (Subscriber Identity Module and Mobile Device Registration) Regulations, 2021 pursuant to section 55 of the Communications Act, 2012. The proposed regulations provide a regulatory framework for registering subscribers of mobile telecommunications services utilising SIM and mobile devices in, and establish a Central Database of subscribers.  […] Read more

Par Ashnah Kalemera et Simone Toussi | L’utilisation croissante des technologies numériques en Afrique est entrain de faciliter les activités de traite de personnes dans la région. Cependant, ces mêmes technologies peuvent être mises à profit pour lutter contre ce fléau qui sévit sur le continent. Avec le soutien du Fonds Africain pour les Droits Numériques […] Read more

By Israel Nyoh | The Internet Society and the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) recently signed an agreement to work together for an open, secure, and trustworthy Internet for Africa. A digital revolution is transforming markets and societies across Africa. Digitalization is helping governments to generate more income, while enabling […] Read more

Open Letter | Strengthening the digital security of at-risk groups and organisations amidst growing digital rights attacks in Africa has become increasingly crucial. However, inadequate device security is undermining such efforts. Investigations by Privacy International have revealed that TECNO – a phone manufacturer with an estimated 47% market share in East Africa and widely used […] Read more

Call for Applications | The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is calling for applications from suitably qualified individuals interested in the nuts and bolts of digital rights advocacy to apply for a two-day virtual training. The training, which is scheduled for August 25th and 26th 2021, targets human rights defenders, […] Read more

By Boel McAteer and Jean-Benoît Falisse | As the Covid-19 pandemic spread around the world in the early part of 2020, governments and companies invested substantial resources in gathering data about suspected and confirmed cases, and related behaviours. Learning more about how the virus was spreading was a top priority around the world, and with […] Read more

By Apolo Kakaire | Civic space continues to shrink across Africa. In recent years, disruptions to the internet and social media applications have emerged as a common trend of digital repression especially in authoritarian countries in Africa. While the Covid-19 pandemic has reaffirmed the immense importance of digital technologies for government and citizen interactions, public services […] Read more

By Evelyn Lirri | When Uganda introduced a tax on social media use in 2018, the government hoped the new source of revenue would help widen the country’s tax base. Instead, internet subscriptions fell drastically and the government did not raise the anticipated revenue as most users turned to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to access […] Read more

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