Africa

A New Decade of Terror is Underway in Togo

Togo News Update |
Late last month, authorities in Togo arrested leading opposition figure, Dr. Kafui Adjamagbo-Johnson, a 61-year-old law professor. The arrest and ongoing detention of Dr. Adjamagbo – who in 2010 became the first woman to ever run for president in Togo – is the latest sign of an escalating and more pernicious clampdown on political rights in the country.
In…

FIFAfrica20: Call For Proposals

Announcement |

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and Paradigm Initiative (PIN) are pleased to announce the 2020 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica20) and to invite session proposals. This landmark event convenes a spectrum of stakeholders from across the internet governance and digital rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on…

The Digital Economy and Ecommerce in Africa: Drivers for the African Free Trade Area?

By Alastair Tempest |
The digital economy and ecommerce are developing fast in Africa. The forthcoming implementation of the African free trade area (AfCFTA) will encourage intra-African trade. These two forces combined, offer a new inclusive future for Africa.

Summary:

Ecommerce is growing throughout Africa, but is mainly nationally focused at present. The AfCFTA will change that dynamic, and encourage greater emphasis on cross-border…

Centre for Human Rights and CIPESA Conduct Study on Civil Society in the Context of the Digital Age in Africa

By Center for Human Rights and CIPESA |

The study on Civil society in the digital age in Africa: identifying threats and mounting pushbacks was undertaken by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretroia and the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) to explore the extent of state-sponsored digital challenges that the civil society in Africa is faced with. It…

Togo/Election, Risque De Coupure D’Internet:Une Coalition Internationale Saisit La Ministre Cina Lawson

Togo Election Update |

« Nous avons reçu des informations que votre gouvernement prévoit de couper l’internet au cours des prochaines élections au Togo. Au nom de plus de 210 organisations de plus de 70 pays qui constituent la coalition KeepItOn, nous voudrions faire appel à vous, Madame la Ministre, pour que vous assuriez que l’internet, y compris les réseaux sociaux et…

The Africa Digital Rights Fund Awards USD 152,000 to Advance Digital Rights in 18 African Countries

By Ashnah Kalemera |

The second round of the Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF) has awarded a total of USD 152,000 to 14 initiatives that will work to advance digital rights in 18 African countries. Among the focus areas of the initiatives are access to information, data protection and privacy, digital economy, Digital Identity (ID), digital security, diversity and inclusion, freedom of expression,…

Open Source Investigations as Push Back Against Misinformation and Affronts to Human Rights Online

By Richard Ngamita |

In August 2018, a video of what appeared to be Ethiopian policemen assaulting a man by the roadside was shared on Twitter. There seems to have been a rapid response from the Addis Ababa Police Department (@Addispolice), leading to the arrest of the culprits due to the virality of the video.

The incident, is one of many which highlights…

Global Network Initiative (GNI) to Hold Consultations on Internet Rights, SDGs and Collaborative Advocacy at FIFAfrica19

FIFAfrica19 |

Over the last six months, the Global Network Initiative (GNI) has been convening diverse stakeholders from sub-Saharan Africa to discuss pressing freedom of expression and privacy issues in the region. Research and consultations conducted by the GNI to-date indicate that government-enabled surveillance and network disruptions are of particular concern across multiple stakeholder groups, as well as other issues like…

Digital Space and the Protection of Freedoms of Association and Peaceful Assembly in Africa

By Juliet Nanfuka |

As technology evolves, so do the ways in which society assembles and interacts. This is often accompanied with convenience and lower costs of communication which have a far reaching implications on how people acquire knowledge, do business, participate in governance processes and seek social, economic and political change. However, alongside this is the proliferation of affronts to…

Côte d’Ivoire: Mobile Money Fees Increase By 7.2%

By Aaron Akinocho |
In Côte d’Ivoire, fees on mobile money transactions have increased by 7.2%. Mobile money operators are thus passing the 7.2% tax imposed on their turnover by the 2019 fiscal appendix onto their end-clients.
This increase in fee occurs a month after the fiscal appendix entered into force (January 1, 2019).
Competent authorities denounced the passing of this tax onto the…