iWatch Africa introduces a desk to track and promote Digital Rights in Africa

Promoting digital rights in Africa

iWatch Africa has introduced a desk that will focus on tracking and promoting digital rights in Africa. This effort is geared towards mitigating the increasing attempts by some governments and non-state actors to stifle digital rights around the continent.

A 2018 report by Paradigm Initiative highlighted how several African governments are adopting very repressive laws to abuse the digital rights of its citizens.

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A troubling trend of internet shutdowns in 2018 in a number of African countries including; Ethiopia, Mali, DR Congo, Sierra Leone, Chad, Cameroon and recently Liberia demands a collaborative effort between civil society organisations, media and legislators towards improving the legal framework around digital rights in Africa.

iWatch Africa’s digital rights desk will focus on three broad themes: Data Governance, Digital Inclusion and Safety and Security.

The official launch is expected to take place in August, 2019.

By Gideon Sarpong | iWatch Africa |

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a policy analyst and media practitioner with close to a decade of experience in policy, data and investigative journalism. Gideon is a co-founder of iWatch Africa. He is an author; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation, Commonwealth Youth Program ,Free Press Unlimited and Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative. Gideon is the founder of Sustainable Ocean Alliance Ghana. He was a 2021 Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, School of Trans-national Governance in Florence, Italy and 2020/21 Open Internet For Democracy Leader. Gideon was also a 2022 Visiting Scholar/Reuters Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK and was selected as a 2022 TRF/Trust Conference Changemaker. He is currently the Africa Regional Cordinator for Environmental Justice Foundation and a 2023 Pulitzer ORN Fellow. Email: gideonsarpong@iwatchafrica.org.

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