Each month, more than half a billion Africans access the internet – this is more than all the internet users in North America and the Middle East combined – and that number continues to grow. As the internet and digital technology become more and more integrated into all aspects of life, governance, and the economy in Africa, the inequalities and challenges we face online are reflected offline. We face new challenges to our human rights in the digital context – including unequal access, censorship and violence online. We must work.
ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa Issued a statement on Uganda’s decision not to renew the mandate of the Office of the OHCHR. They urged the government to rescind the decision and renew the mandate of the office. ‘We see this move as part of an ongoing government-led offensive geared towards further shrinking civic space,’ said Mugambi Kiai, Regional Director for ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa. Read the full statement here.
LRC launched a new podcast that takes a serious look at sexual misconduct and how it hinders girls' right to education. The podcast raises awareness and discusses solutions to create safe and inclusive learning environments for all girls. Details here.
POLLICY published the 3rdAfrican Women in AI paper which explored how Artificial Intelligence affects the African context for women and gender, with a focus on pathways, challenges, and solutions from the viewpoints and perspectives of our respondents. Download the report here.
CIPIT wrote an article about the role they played in the “A Right to Research in Africa? week of Debates on Copyright and Access to Knowledge” conference which was held from 23rdto 27th of January 2023. Read more about this here.
KICTANet released a video explaining the Feminist Principles of the Internet; they are a series of statements that offer a gender and sexual rights lens on critical internet-related rights. Watch the video here.
KICTANet published an article encouraging the public to contribute to the UN Global Digital Compact, which can help to build a more inclusive and sustainable digital future for all. Read it here.
🗣️🗣️We are excited about the #AIRATalks! The sixth and final #AIRATalks this year will discuss Tech Sector Accountability for Digital Rights. Join us!— African Internet Rights Alliance (AIRA) (@aira_africa) October 20, 2022
🗓️: 26th October
⏲️: 16.00 EAT/14.00WAT/15.00SAST/09.00EST
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