Africa

Uganda’s digital ID system: A cocktail of discrimination
Uganda’s digital ID system: A cocktail of discrimination 26 May 2021 Unwanted Witness

This new preliminary report presents findings of a study that sought to establish the impact of a national identity card system in Uganda (commonly known as “Ndaga Muntu”) on people’s economic, social and cultural Rights (ESCRs), in relation to the state's obligation to provide services.

Privacy and personal data protection in Africa: A rights-based survey of legislation in eight countries
Privacy and personal data protection in Africa: A rights-based survey of legislation in eight countries 20 May 2021 African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition

The country reports collected here offer an in-depth rights-based analysis of the status of privacy and data protection legislation in Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

Privacy wins as Uganda’s data regulator finds data controller unlawfully disclosed data to third party
Privacy wins as Uganda’s data regulator finds data controller unlawfully disclosed data to third party 19 May 2021 Unwanted Witness

Unwanted Witness welcomes the first-ever data protection investigation report by the Ugandan data regulator, NITA-U, into the operations of SafeBoda, which has been ordered to make fundamental reforms regarding sharing of people’s personal data with third parties.

Digital rights featured prominently at African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 68th session
Digital rights featured prominently at African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 68th session 19 May 2021 Koliwe Majama

Together with other civil society and human rights institutions, members of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition demonstrated the gravity of online rights violations on the continent in the reports presented during the human rights situation sessions.

Seeding change: Cameroon’s PROTEGE QV on amplifying digital rights advocacy efforts across the African continent
Seeding change: Cameroon’s PROTEGE QV on amplifying digital rights advocacy efforts across the African continent 19 May 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives? APC subgranting has empowered Cameroon's PROTEGE QV to contribute to the development of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, amplifying digital rights advocacy efforts across the continent.

CIPESA: Why data rights are central to protection of online freedom
CIPESA: Why data rights are central to protection of online freedom 12 May 2021 CIPESA

In an increasingly digitised world, safeguarding data rights has become central to protecting individuals’ rights to access and share information, express themselves, and associate using the internet and related platforms.

Journalism Blocked, Information Seized: A tale of how internet shutdown crippled media work in Uganda
Journalism Blocked, Information Seized: A tale of how internet shutdown crippled media work in Uganda 11 May 2021 Unwanted Witness

This study sought to explore the impact of the recent internet shutdown on journalists during the election period in Uganda. It further captures specific journalist experiences of the internet shutdown on their work both in the city and countryside.

New toolkit offers insights into advocacy around the growing need for privacy and personal data protection in Africa
New toolkit offers insights into advocacy around the growing need for privacy and personal data protection in Africa 03 May 2021 African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition

The toolkit, developed by the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition, offers an overview of relevant national, regional and international mechanisms and a checklist for analysing data protection and privacy-related policy and legislation using the human rights-based approach.

One year in: COVID-19 deepening Africa's democratic regression
One year in: COVID-19 deepening Africa's democratic regression 30 April 2021 CIPESA

In September 2020, our research on the State of Internet Freedom in Africa established that the ultimate effect of the measures instituted in fighting COVID-19 was that they had deepened the democracy deficit in several African countries.

Women are talking but Telegram is not listening
Women are talking but Telegram is not listening 28 April 2021 Garnett Achieng for GenderIT.org

Garnett Achieng takes a deep-dive look into the Telegram app from the perspective of African women’s experience, particularly that of data privacy and online gender-based violence.

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