Koliwe Majama

Digital Rights and Policy Specialist

Koliwe Majama was a panelist at a discussion on Media and Information Literacy at the 7th online session of the Global Media Forum.

The panel had a comprehensive discussion on the importance of media and information literacy to curb misinformation and fake news, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In her contribution, Koliwe Majama called attention to the need to equip citizens with media and information literacy so that they will be in a position to identify and evaluate the credibility of media content and distinguish it from misinformation and dis-information; identify potential abusers, technology spies and hackers; and  understand privacy implications when using and sharing data with any third parties. Koliwe Majama emphasized the need for an increase in access to information across the African continent to bolster any efforts on media and information literacy, because ‘the more people have access to media content and information, the more they become literate about the media and various sources of information.’

Koliwe Majama gave the keynote address on the State of the Internet at the 2020 Hub Unconference, an annual new media and journalism conference hosted by the Magamba Network.

Official HUB UnConference marketing banner featuring Koliwe | PIC: Shoko Festival, Magamba Network

In her address, Koliwe Majama highlights the need for the full adoption and implementation of internet rights and freedoms at a time when most of our interactions have moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic and, simultaneously, our internet penetration rate has decreased due to reasons attributed to the current pandemic. She recommends the full engagement of civil society, governments, the private and public sectors, and other industry experts to mitigate the effects of the current pandemic on internet rights and to further solidify internet rights and freedoms across the board.  

Koliwe captured giving her State of Internet in Zimbabwe keynote | PIC: Shoko Festival, Magamba Network
Koliwe captured giving her State of Internet in Zimbabwe keynote | PIC: Shoko Festival, Magamba Network

Click here to watch a recording of the presentation. Read the keynote address here.

What do you do when your government shuts down the internet? How can we as civil society respond to such restrictions?

This was the focus of this year’s Disco-tech event, organised by Hivos/Digital Defenders Partnership, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia Global Centers Tunis and other partners on 10 June, the evening before RightsCon 2019.

Read the summary article and video here.

Its important to ask, does Africa have a digitalisation agenda? Who set it? What is the strategy? Who is the gatekeeper?

These are the crucial questions APCs Koliwe Majama posed at the start of her keynote lecture, delivered at the Digitalisation in Africa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Technology, Development and Justice conference at the University of Tbingen, Germany on 26 September.

Conference – Digitalisation in Africa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Technology, Development, and Justice, 26 and 27 September 2018

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