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What Should be on the 2016 Agenda for Internet Freedom in Africa?

By Juliet Nanfuka | Towards the end of 2015, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) under the OpenNet Africa initiative convened some of Africa’s leading... 
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CIPESA Convenes Journalists to Discuss Uganda’s Data Protection Bill

By Esther Nakkazi | Ugandan citizens’ personal data may be at risk of misuse if the Uganda Data protection and Privacy Bill (2014) to be tabled before parliament is passed in current form. Currently,... 
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Dialogue on Internet Rights and Freedom in Kenya

By Marilyn Vernon | In Kenya, whereas the use of the internet had expanded into all areas of day to day living, the threat of government surveillance and interference has impacted upon user confidence... 
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Open letter to the Nigeria Senate on the “Social Media” Bill

By Civil Society | An open letter has been delivered to the Nigeria Senate President stressing concerns over the Frivolous Petitions Bill which has provisions which threaten the use of social media in... 
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Thanks to ICT, government secrets get ever fewer

By John Walubengo | Have ICTs enhanced political participation, social accountability, public service delivery and citizen engagement in East Africa in the recent past? These were the research questions... 
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South Africa Bill Threatens Internet Freedom

South Africa’s Cybercrimes And Cybersecurity Bill (2014) has been met with apprehension among civil society due to its vague definitions, its limited safeguards for access to information and freedom... 
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Google Launches Wifi Project to Ramp up Broadband Access in Kampala

By Ashnah Kalemera | Two years since launching a project to provide high quality broadband through shared fibre infrastructure in Uganda, Google has now officially launched the WiFi based Project Link in... 
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Reflecting on ICT for Democratic Engagement in Uganda’s Rwenzori Region

By Ashnah Kalemera | In the Rwenzori sub-region of western Uganda, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools have been key tools in promoting public accountability and improved service delivery.... 
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CIPESA at the Internet Governance Forum 2015

The annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) this year takes place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil from October 10-13. We are excited to participate at the forum which is themed “Evolution of Internet Governance:... 
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Call for Evaluation Consultant: ICT4Democracy in East Africa Network

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is seeking an evaluation consultant to establish the achievements, outcome and challenges registered by the ICT4Democracy... 

What Should be on the 2016 Agenda for Internet Freedom in Africa?

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( 7th January 2016 ) By Juliet Nanfuka | Towards the end of 2015, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) under the OpenNet Africa initiative convened some of Africa’s leading thought leaders to discuss the various facets of internet freedom in Africa. The Forum on Internet Freedom in East Africa is one of very few gatherings that assemble an African audience within the continent to discuss matters ... Read more »

CIPESA Convenes Journalists to Discuss Uganda’s Data Protection Bill

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( 6th January 2016 ) By Esther Nakkazi | Ugandan citizens’ personal data may be at risk of misuse if the Uganda Data protection and Privacy Bill (2014) to be tabled before parliament is passed in current form. Currently, large entities like telecommunications service providers, insurers, hospitals and even schools retain the information of millions of citizens who remain unaware of how secure their information is, especially as more of ... Read more »

Dialogue on Internet Rights and Freedom in Kenya

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( 22nd December 2015 ) By Marilyn Vernon | In Kenya, whereas the use of the internet had expanded into all areas of day to day living, the threat of government surveillance and interference has impacted upon user confidence in the security of their online interactions. This comes after several local bloggers and social media users have been arrested and in some cases charged with misuse ... Read more »

Open letter to the Nigeria Senate on the “Social Media” Bill

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( 16th December 2015 ) By Civil Society | An open letter has been delivered to the Nigeria Senate President stressing concerns over the Frivolous Petitions Bill which has provisions which threaten the use of social media in Nigeria.   Distinguished Senators, We are a coalition of Nigerian, African, and international organisations writing to you about the proposed Frivolous Petitions (Prohibitions, etc) Bill that has provisions for social media ... Read more »

Thanks to ICT, government secrets get ever fewer

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( 15th December 2015 ) By John Walubengo | Have ICTs enhanced political participation, social accountability, public service delivery and citizen engagement in East Africa in the recent past? These were the research questions behind a study commissioned by CIPESA, a regional think tank focusing on ICTs in East and Central Africa. In Kenya's case, the answers are found in its recently published ICTs in Governance report. Some, which make for ... Read more »

South Africa Bill Threatens Internet Freedom

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( 11th December 2015 ) South Africa’s Cybercrimes And Cybersecurity Bill (2014) has been met with apprehension among civil society due to its vague definitions, its limited safeguards for access to information and freedom of expression. In many ways, it resonates with the equally stifling Draft Online Regulation Policy gazetted in March 2015, which contains clauses that have the potential of blocking online content including films, ... Read more »

Google Launches Wifi Project to Ramp up Broadband Access in Kampala

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( 7th December 2015 ) By Ashnah Kalemera | Two years since launching a project to provide high quality broadband through shared fibre infrastructure in Uganda, Google has now officially launched the WiFi based Project Link in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. The internet giant has set up WiFi radios and supporting infrastructure at 120 locations within the city to provide citizens and small media businesses (SMEs) with high speed, ... Read more »

Reflecting on ICT for Democratic Engagement in Uganda’s Rwenzori Region

Participants listening attentively at the conference. Pic source: ToroDev Facebook
( 23rd November 2015 ) By Ashnah Kalemera | In the Rwenzori sub-region of western Uganda, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools have been key tools in promoting public accountability and improved service delivery. Through an ICT “convergence approach” that combines SMS, radio and online polling, Toro Development Network (ToroDev) has for the past five years promoted information and knowledge sharing for citizens’ engagement with their ... Read more »

CIPESA at the Internet Governance Forum 2015

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( 9th November 2015 ) The annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) this year takes place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil from October 10-13. We are excited to participate at the forum which is themed "Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development", during which we will share our insights on internet governance and related issues in East Africa. An initiative of the United Nations, the IGF is a ... Read more »