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By Ashnah Kalemera | The role of technology in driving social, economic and political transformation in Africa is widely recognised. Continent-wide efforts including the Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa (2020-2030) and the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) present opportunities to re-shape countries’ interventions in harnessing technology for transparency and accountability, citizens’ participation, service delivery, innovation […] Read more

By UNESCO | On 16 March 2022, UNESCO, jointly with the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) convened a regional dialogue on implementing Internet Universality ROAM-X Indicators (IUI) in Africa. The event, supported by the  International Program for Development of Communication (IPDC) of UNESCO,  gathered a number of leading  national […] Read more

Événement en ligne | Le 16 Mars 2022, la Collaboration sur la Politique Internationale des TIC pour l’Afrique Orientale et Australe (CIPESA), en partenariat avec l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture (UNESCO), accueillera un dialogue régional sur les Indicateurs d’Universalité d’Internet (IUI). L’événement mettra en évidence les leçons tirées des […] Read more

Online Event | On March 16, 2022, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will host a regional dialogue on the Internet Universality Indicators (IUI). The event will highlight lessons from IUI assessments conducted in Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, […] Read more

Online Event | Sustainable Development Goal five aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Target 5B calls for enhancing the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women. However, women in eastern Africa face various challenges that undermine their use of digital technologies, […] Read more

By CIPESA Writer | Internet disruptions continue to be registered across Africa, despite efforts by local and international actors to demonstrate to telecommunications regulators and governments that it is counterproductive to human rights, the economy and democracy to disrupt digital communication networks. In 2021, up to 12 African countries experienced state-ordered internet disruptions. These included […] Read more

Call for Applications | The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is calling for applications from individuals interested in learning, researching and communicating digital rights for a two-day virtual training. The training seeks to equip participants with requisite skills as well as serve as a space to build a community of […] Read more

CIPESA Writer | These proposals are made to the MTN Group in respect of its Digital Human Rights Policy. The proposals commend the positive elements of the Policy including the proclamation to respect the rights of users including in privacy, communication, access and sharing information in a free and responsible manner. The submission points to […] Read more

By Juliet Nanfuka | In recent years, the threats to data privacy have evolved at a quicker pace than the development of regulatory frameworks dedicated to safeguarding the right to privacy, especially in the digital era. Currently, just over half of African countries have enacted privacy laws and policies. Still, the right to privacy is repeatedly […] Read more

By CIPESA Writer | In many African countries, the regulation of the use of encryption considers “national security” as the predominant concern and gives limited consideration to other areas that would benefit from the use of secure tools and technologies. Accordingly, many countries in the region are saddled with laws that unreasonably limit the use […] Read more

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