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Digital rights feature prominently at African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 68th session

Digital rights featured prominently at the 68th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), held virtually from 14 April to 4 May 2021. The session also provided a platform to take stock of the general state of the human rights situation on the continent and brought together, for frank and constructive exchange, various …

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An ideal framework for the accountable use of personal data by law enforcement and state security agencies

In an increasingly digitised world our personal data is collected and used by different public and private sector parties to enhance customer experiences and service provision. However there are piling concerns over the manner in which law enforcement and state security agencies collect and manipulate some of the data in the name of tackling crime.

Read the article for more on the calls for more accountable use of personal data by state security and law enforcement agencies.

How MIL enables citizens to claim their digital rights

This article was commissioned and first published by DW Akademie, as part of the Media and Information Literacy week commemorations. Media and Information Literacy is essential for citizens to claim their human rights, especially in the digital sphere. Zimbabwean digital rights activist Koliwe Majama explores the barriers against MIL in Africa. Although comparatively lower than in …

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Solidifying internet rights to increase information access in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is set to commemorate the International Day for Universal Access to Information on the 28th of September 2020. This comes at a time when the country, alongside the rest of the world, is faced with a health pandemic that has moved citizens’ daily communication, education, work, trade, and access to basic services from physical interactions to, mostly, online interactions.

AfDec to advocate for robust, open and free internet in 2020

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms (AfDec) Coalition have set 2020 as the year for robust advocacy for an open and free internet as well as the strategic promotion of online human rights in Africa. AfDec’s work is hinged on the promotion of the 13 principles of the African Declaration. The Coalition is a …

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Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy

Events in the first quarter of 2019 indicate that Africa urgently needs to agree on a homegrown strategy for the protection and promotion of online rights and freedoms on the continent. During the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) held in Lagos, Nigeria on 24-25 April 2019, at a session hosted by APC on behalf of the African …

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The bigger picture : Assessing Zimbabwe’s internet blockade

As African citizens become progressively aware of their rights more will take to the streets to demand that their leaders meet their needs. Civil disobedience is a tool that some governments on the continent are increasingly realizing can be fueled and sustained by the internet, and this has seen more governments impose an internet shutdown. …

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