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.

Can the social contract theory justify data rights violations? A review of South Africa’s contact tracing regulations

This essay employs the use of the South African government’s contact tracing initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and some public perceptions on these initiatives to assess whether the social contract theory can be employed as a tool to justify privacy violations for public health.

The “forgotten constituency”: Making a case for digital rights for prisoners in Zimbabwe during and beyond COVID-19

This paper by David Makwerere engages with the question of digital rights for prisoners in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and how these can play a part in keeping the prisoners connected to the rest of the world, while also arming them with necessary social, technological and economic skills for post-prison life.