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AfDEC Data Protection Research Call

Call for researchers : Fostering a Rights-Based Approach to Data Protection in Africa: Country Reports

Statements/Press releases

The Secretariat of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition (hereafter referred to as ‘AfDec’) seeks to strengthen a rights-based approach to data protection in...

Select Legislative Responses to COVID-19


As a result of the continued global spread of COVID-19, civil society organisations, human rights activists and digital rights activists have identified a range of potential and actual human rights violations as the continent responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include limitations to the exercise and/or facilitation of rights through the internet or other digital mediums. Some of these limitations, such as...

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 ...

Trends of Online Violence against Women in Politics During the COVID19 pandemic in Kenya


During this COVID19 period, violence against women has manifested itself in different forms, including domestic violence and online and technology-facilitated violence. The forms are manifested in physical threats, sexual harassment, stalking, zoom bombing, and sex trolling. For politicians, online platforms have become the most effective tools for consistent interaction with their constituents, considering...

Advancing Digital Rights Amidst Covid-19 in Uganda


Uganda registered its first case of Covid-19 on the 21st March 2020. In order to curb the spread of the virus, different measures have been put in place. These include: restricting movements and crowds; partial lockdown; mandatory quarantine of suspects for 14 days; school closures, a public and private transport ban; a mandatory curfew; contact tracing initiatives; and the closure of borders and airports. While...

Press Release of COVID-19 Opinion Letter

Statements/Press releases

Press release on the publication of the letter of opinion on "The  Necessity of Respect for Internet Rights and Freedoms during the Period of the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo"  by Rudi International, June 2020.

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