KICTANet: Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa?


"This was a major breach of trust. We have a basic responsibility to protect people's data. If we can't do that, we don't deserve to have the opportunity to serve people." These were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's words after public revelations that Cambridge Analytica had collected the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent. However, almost a year after the revelations, the company's failure to protect users' privacy has only become more evident. 

In a video entitled "Kenyan perspectives on digital privacy", APC member Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) addresses what privacy means in the digital age. Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa? How important is it to raise awareness about this issue? In a series of interviews with Kenyan users, conducted with the support of an APC project grant, KICTANet sheds light on what privacy means and how to protect it. 


Kenya-based APC member KICTANet provides mechanisms and a framework for continuing cooperation and collaboration among civil society, industry, the technical community, academia, media and government. As a result, the network has helped increase the legitimacy and support needed to enhance a working relationship between the government and other key stakeholders in ICT policy development processes since its founding.

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