08 October 2020
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, cordially invites you to a conference on privacy and data protection in Africa from 12 to 15 October 2020. The conference is organised by the Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit in collaboration with the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition (AfDec Coalition). The conference will be of interest to academics, students, policymakers and practitioners working in the areas of privacy, data protection, big data, information technology, and human rights law in Africa and others interested in understanding of the state of privacy and data protection, particularly within the African context. The conference is aimed at improving privacy and data protection scholarship in Africa.
06 October 2020
The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition (AfDec) Coordinator, Koliwe Majama, was a panelist at the Africa Internet Rights Alliance (AIRA) rollout event at the 7th edition of the annual Forum on Internet Freedom Africa (FIFAfrica20). The panel had a discussion on digital rights: their importance as they constitute human rights; the need for collaboration and partnership between state and non-state actors to boost the digital rights agenda; and the role of the legal fraternity in facilitating the protection of digital rights through strategic litigation. The AfDec coordinator highlighted the necessity of collaboration between state actors, who further legitimize digital rights, and non-state actors, such as civil society organizations and businesses, as they contribute a multi-faceted advocacy for digital rights. The panel noted that the current common trends in digital rights, compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic, include the increase in online violence, usually perpetrated against women; increase in cybersecurity breaches and the growing need for access and affordability of the internet.
Opinions and commentary
29 September 2020
Zimbabwe is set to commemorate the International Day for Universal Access to Information on the 28th of September 2020. This comes at a time when the country, alongside the rest of the world, is faced with a health pandemic that has moved citizens’ daily communication, education, work, trade, and access to basic services from physical interactions to, mostly, online interactions. The World Health Organisation declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic, a few months after the adoption of a revised Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa (the Declaration) at the 65th Ordinary Session of African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in November 2019. For Africa, the pandemic has merely served as emphasis that internet rights and freedoms are more important now than ever before.
22 September 2020
The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms (AfDec) Coalition joins the World Wide Web Foundation in calling the United Nations to prioritise digital trust and security. In this open letter, we call for a global statement on digital trust and security to be endorsed by member states, in which world leaders in government, the digital industry, and civil society commit to close the trust deficit in the current digital age as a means to secure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The COVID-19 pandemic has proved just how much our daily lives and essential services rely on affordable and accessible digital technologies. Now, more than ever, access to safe and trustworthy digital technology is incumbent, which is why we call on the UN to lead the way in prioritizing digital trust and security.