Digital Rights

Digital biometric data collection programmes are becoming increasingly popular across the African continent. Governments are investing in diverse digital programmes to enable the capture of biometric information of their citizens for various purposes. A new report by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) documents the emerging and current trends […] Read more

By Edrine Wanyama | On July 28, 2022, 82 practicing advocates in Uganda were trained on defending digital rights and freedoms. The training was organised by the International Senior Lawyers Project, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Uganda Law Society, and the Centre for Law and Democracy. The sessions included an […] Read more

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By Apolo Kakaire | Three years since it was launched and with USD 649,000 disbursed to 52 beneficiaries across 39 African countries, the Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF) is powering digital rights policy advocacy and engagement across the continent. According to several beneficiaries, the ADRF is a unique funding initiative that has broken ranks with […] Read more

CIPESA Staff | In June 2022, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) conducted a regional capacity-building workshop aimed at equipping participants’ thematic understanding of key digital rights trends in the region, including disinformation, alongside practical skills development in impactful digital rights advocacy and communication. Hosted in Lusaka, Zambia, the two-day […] Read more

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Call for Proposals | The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is pleased to issue the sixth call for proposals to the Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF), which supports digital rights work across the continent through flexible and rapid response grants. Grant amounts for this round will range between USD 1,000 […] 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

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

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 Ashnah Kalemera | The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) together with Small Media last week made joint stakeholder submissions on digital rights in South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The submissions were made as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism which […] Read more

By CIPESA Staff Writer | In an increasingly digitised world, safeguarding data rights has become central to protecting individuals’ rights to access and share information, express themselves, and associate using the internet and related platforms. Advances in technology, alongside growth in mobile subscriptions and increased use of smartphones have pushed individuals online to shop, interact, share […] Read more

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