Open Internet News

26th January 2024

Meet the Latest Grantees of the Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF)

Announcement |

Round seven of the Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF) awarded grants to seven organisations to implement initiatives focused on digital inclusion, women’s safety online, cyber security and digital resilience. In Tanzania, Omuka Hub is working to raise the online visibility of women politicians and push for reforms related to online violence against women in the context of the Political…

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20th December 2023

Ongoing Power Cuts Set Back South Africa’s Gains on Digital Access

By Tusi Fokane |

Over the last 15 years, South Africa has been caught in the midst of  an energy crisis with 2023 marking the most challenging period. The country experienced record-breaking power cuts, resulting in 300 days of load shedding at an economic cost of ZAR 1 billion per day (USD 55 million).  The power cuts which in some instances…

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18th December 2023

CIPESA Joins Call Urging Content Platforms to Share Data with African Elections Researchers

Statement | 

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has joined  over fifty media and research stakeholders from across Africa in calling for social media platforms to give equal treatment to Africans in line with what is being offered to researchers in major jurisdictions outside the continent. This call is based on the urgent need to…

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Growing the Capacity of  Journalists and Advocates to Tackle Electoral Disinformation in Congo

By Nadine Kampire and CIPESA Writer |

The lead up to the December 2023 general elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has seen an exponential growth in disinformation, particularly on social media. In a country with long-standing armed conflicts and where only one peaceful transfer of power has been witnessed in 63 years of independence, the deluge…

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Congo Heads to the Polls: Why it is Crucial to Keep the Internet On

By CIPESA Writer |

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) heads to general elections on December 20, 2023 amidst considerable turbulence, including a deluge of disinformation and endemic insecurity in parts of the country. To move towards building a safer and more democratic society, the Congolese government must break away from its past practice of limiting internet access and…

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CIPESA Launches Framework to Assess ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Africa

By Frank Kisakye |

In many instances, persons with disabilities are unable to use digital technologies because these technologies lack “digital accessibility,” namely the ability of a website, mobile application, or electronic document to be easily navigated and understood by a wide range of users, including those with visual, auditory, motor or cognitive disabilities. The issue is especially key in…

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7th December 2023

Patient Data Privacy in the Age of Telemedicine: Case Studies from Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda

By CIPESA Writer |

With the increasing adoption of digital tools in healthcare provision in Africa, these case studies on e-health startups in Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda show how countries are dealing with privacy implications around patient data.  

Telemedicine is broadly defined as the delivery of healthcare services including diagnosis, treatment, research, education and evaluation to communities and individuals over long distances…

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10th November 2023

Shifting the Burden: Online Violence Against Women

By Evelyn Lirri |

Across Africa, the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by women and girls remains low. Yet amidst the low access to digital tools, women, particularly those in public and political spaces, such as human rights defenders (HRDs), bloggers, and journalists, continue to be the primary target of various forms of online violence such as cyberstalking, sexual…

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