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Analysis of the South Sudan Cybercrimes and Computer Misuse Provisional Order 2021

South Sudan, the youngest country in Africa, requires technological transformation to enable economic development as well as freedom of expression and access to information. Article 22 of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011 guarantees …

Sudan's Bad Laws, Internet Censorship and Repressed Civil Liberties

This brief explores the repressive elements of media and technology-related laws in Sudan and how they have been used to undermine freedom of expression and other civil liberties in the aftermath of President Omar al-Bashir’s April 2019 overthrow. F…

Towards an Accessible and Affordable Internet in Africa: Key Challenges Ahead

The internet plays a vital role in the realisation of human development and facilitates the enjoyment of several human rights and freedoms, including the right to freedom of expression and information, the right to education, the right to assembly a…

Digital Taxation in Uganda: A Hindrance to Inclusive Access and Use of Digital Technologies

The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in Uganda contributes up to 9% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Research shows that the sector has the potential to contribute to the country’s socio-economic transformation through inn…

How Online Narrative Played Out on Twitter Before, During and After the 2021 Uganda Elections

Uganda has an estimated 2.5 million social media users. Among the various social media platforms, Twitter, has come to have a strong influence and relevance on the country’s political discourse. Various studies have shown that Twitter data can provi…

Assessing the Barriers to Accessing ICT by People with Disabilities in Uganda

Although the Uganda government has enacted a number of progressive laws that provide for the rights of access to information and use of ICT by persons with disabilities, the majority have largely remained on paper as key provisions are not being imp…

Assessing the Barriers to Accessing ICT by People with Disability in Kenya

This study has presented an analysis of the current legal and policy framework in relation to ICT, access to information and disability in Kenya. It has also presented the realities of access to and use of ICT for persons with disabilities including…

Building an Environment for Inclusive Digital Transformation in Africa: Roadmap to Reform

The digital economy, including cross-border services, digital trade, and electronic commerce (eCommerce), contributes to democratic and economic development by expanding market access for local businesses, promoting inclusive trade, creating jobs, a…

Access Denied: How Telecom Operators in Africa are Failing Persons with Disabilities

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have the potential to make significant improvements in the lives of persons with disabilities through enabling their access to information, and enhancing their social and economic integration in commu…

Survey on Internet Freedom and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Africa

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all United Nations (UN) Member States. The UPR is a state-driven process under the auspices of the Human Rights Council (HRC), which provi…

Privacy Imperilled: Analysis of Surveillance, Encryption and Data Localisation Laws in Africa

The right to privacy has come under increased attack in many African countries, with the proliferation of digital technologies being matched by state measures that negate this right. In the past few years, many countries across the continent have en…

COVID-19 and Data Rights in Uganda

The fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Uganda dealt a blow to the enjoyment of digital rights. From the on-set of COVID-19 responses, there was a significant increase in the collection and processing of personal data as the governm…

Data Governance and Public Trust: Exploring the Sources of Low Trust Levels in Public Data Controllers in Ghana

In the past decade, digitisation and the adoption of digital technology requiring data systems has become widely spread in Africa. With this comes the complexities of how data is collected, processed, shared, and utilised, including issues of data p…

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