Africa

Combating Disinformation in Africa: Challenges and Prospects

By CIPESA Staff Writer |

As disinformation grows in form and prevalence in many African countries, the challenges to combating it are equally increasing yet measures to combat it remain inadequate and often inappropriate. This has got disinformation researchers concerned that, if more robust measures are not adopted, disinformation could become pervasive, harder to fight, and with broad social and political…

Djibouti Telecom Begins Construction of New Cable Landing Station

Djibouti City Update |

Djibouti Telecom is today a leading strategic center for international telecommunications services in East Africa with its underlying network infrastructure comprising 8 operational submarine cable systems and 5 on-project cable systems. The company has 2 existing cable Landing Station. To meet the ever-growing demand and Network resiliency requirement, the company has started the construction of a New Cable…

US Tech Giants to Profit From Kenya Data In Trade Deal

Kenya Update |

US tech giants are likely to increasingly mine and monetise data from Kenya if the proposed trade deal between Nairobi and Washington is successfully concluded, a United Nations agency has suggested.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says the proposed free trade agreement between the two countries includes digital economy as one of the key issues for…

Fesmedia Africa and partners offer sponsored Right to Information courses for Civil Society /Journalists and Government/Public Officials

Online Courses |

To strengthen Access to Information (ATI) and support the RTI agenda in Africa, fesmedia Africa in partnership with the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), the Centre for Law in Democracy (CLD) and fraycollege developed the following online courses:

RTI Civil Society and Journalists (Demand Side)
RTI for Government / Public Officials (Supply Side)

The RTI for Civil Society and Journalists course…

Garbage Out, Garbage In: How Europe’s E-Waste Problem Is a Burden on Africa

Updates |

ACCRA, GHANA – This story puts the spotlight on the dumping of e-waste, particularly discarded colling appliances by Europe’s e-waste exporters in Africa in contravention of EU’s law and the Basel Convention while port officials in Europe turn a blind eye to the shipment of these discarded appliances.

It shows how several e-waste recycling organizations in Europe, particularly in the United…

Profiter de L’espace Numérique pour Combattre la Traite des êtres Mumains en RD Congo, en Gambie et en Mauritanie

Par Ashnah Kalemera et Simone Toussi |

L’utilisation croissante des technologies numériques en Afrique est entrain de faciliter les activités de traite de personnes dans la région. Cependant, ces mêmes technologies peuvent être mises à profit pour lutter contre ce fléau qui sévit sur le continent.

Avec le soutien du Fonds Africain pour les Droits Numériques (ADRF), le think tank juridique africain sur les droits…

Leveraging the Digital Space to Combat Human Trafficking in DR Congo, Mauritania and The Gambia

By Ashnah Kalemera and Simone Toussi |

The growth in usage of digital technologies in Africa is fuelling technology-enabled human trafficking activities in the region. But these very technologies can be leveraged to fight the vice that is sweeping across the continent..

With support from the Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF), the African Legal Think Tank on Women’s Rights (ALTOWR) has studied the role of the…

Data Protection in Africa in the Age of Covid-19

By Boel McAteer and Jean-Benoît Falisse |

As the Covid-19 pandemic spread around the world in the early part of 2020, governments and companies invested substantial resources in gathering data about suspected and confirmed cases, and related behaviours. Learning more about how the virus was spreading was a top priority around the world, and with this came new practices of sharing medical records,…

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2021 (FIFAfrica21) Set For September: Propose a Session!

Announcement |

On September 28-30, 2021, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) will host the eighth edition of the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica). The Forum is a landmark event that convenes a wide spectrum of stakeholders from across the internet governance and digital rights arenas to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities…

Charting the Link Between Disinformation, Disruptions, Diseases and the Diaspora in Cameroon and DR Congo

By Richard Ngamita |

Disinformation on social media has been a growing concern in global politics for several years, and it is now exploding across Sub-Saharan Africa, where social media-based disinformation campaigns are increasingly being deployed by foreign entities and governments  to influence narratives.

Several socio-political and economic factors provide fertile ground for disinformation to thrive in African countries. The exploding youth population – with many…