Working to #RestoreDataRights
In an article introducing the launch of the #RestoreDataRights movement, Tom Orell, the founder of dataready.org, notes the concerns around the use of personal data, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in violation of data governance principles that establish that data should only be used for limited and specific purposes. The #RestoreDataRights movement is an initiative by a group of activists including the Paradigm Initiative and Media Rights Agenda in Nigeria, Africa Digital Rights Hub in Ghana, CIPESA in Uganda, Open Institute and Amnesty International in Kenya, Professor Tom Moultrie at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and DataReady in the U.K., which was launched as a result of discussions around how data used as part of the Covid-19 response should be governed in more transparent, inclusive, and accountable ways.
The movement, launched at a virtual event on 11 November 2020, is motivated by a passion and desire to ensure that fundamental digital and human rights are respected and upheld during, and after, the current pandemic. Central to the movement is the #RestoreDataRights Declaration, a statement founded on the three cornerstones of good governance: transparency, inclusion and accountability. Consequently, the movement aims to partner with, amplify and complement existing initiatives such as the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, amongst other initiatives, which is already doing the groundwork on issues of data governance and a human rights based approach to data protection, to amplify their work and find new points of synergy.
03 novembre 2020
This article was commissioned and first published by DW Akademie, as part of the Media and Information Literacy week commemorations
Media and Information Literacy is essential for citizens to claim their human rights, especially in the digital sphere. Zimbabwean digital rights activist Koliwe Majama explores the barriers against MIL in Africa.
29 octobre 2020
By Melissa Zisengwe for CIPESA
This article was republished from CIPESA.
Déclarations/Articles de presse
08 octobre 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.