Tracking disinformation laws and policies in more than 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the dissemination of vast amounts of information, both verified and unverified. Against this backdrop, Global Partners Digital (GPD), ARTICLE 19, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), PROTEGE QV and the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria recently launched the Disinformation Tracker, an interactive map to track disinformation laws and policies across Sub-Saharan Africa.

A provisional analysis of the impact of telecommunications policy and regulatory frameworks in Africa and COVID-19: A community networks perspective

This article seeks to examine the extent to which national and regional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted on the regime of human rights online. The article also examines the widening digital divide and the role that telecommunication policy and regulatory frameworks play in closing this gap.

Mask or muzzle: The impact of COVID-19 measures on digital rights in Kenya

Upon the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in Kenya, the government swung into action by enacting various pieces of legislation and measures. While the measures were well intended, the manner in which existing laws have been interpreted during this COVID-19 period has proved the adage that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Reflections on COVID-19 policy responses in Uganda and the relevance of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms for promoting women’s rights online

This article by Amuku Isaac provides a reflection.on COVID-19 policy responses in Uganda and the relevance of the African Declaration in promoting women’s rights online, with reference to 10 of the 13 principles contained in the Declaration.

Tackling gender-based cyber violence against women and girls in Malawi amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Drawing on the Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence Framework, the key objectives of this report are to document the form(s) of gender-based cyber violence behaviours that women and girls experience during COVID-19, and identify responses/strategies available to tackle this type of violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Compulsory e-learning in Namibia’s public schools: A commendable idea marred by the digital divide?

Like much of the rest of the world, Namibia too came under a total economic and social shutdown, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Cracks within the education system would soon be exposed by COVID-19, and the detrimental effects they pose to the right to development and access to knowledge, as set out in Principle 7 of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, would become apparent.

COVID-19 exposes the damage of the ex-regime’s empowerment policy on ICTs and the impact of US sanctions against Sudan

For decades, the internet has not reached all areas in Sudan; this year, out of a total population of 43 million, only 13.38 million are internet users. This is evidence that neither the previous nor current rulers made real efforts to implement the principles of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, such as citizens’ rights to access information on the internet, and that internet access should be available and affordable to all

The gender digital divide and COVID-19: Towards feminist internet regulations in Southern Africa

This article highlights that certain conditions have aligned to present a unique opportunity to recalibrate existing efforts, shift narratives and develop new standards that can enable and reflect genuine equality and inclusion on the internet. This article suggests that now, more than ever, is the time to ensure that we have a feminist internet. The article concludes with recommendations on suggested requirements for feminist ICT regulations.