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AFRINIC And The Stability Of The Internet Number Registry System

By John Curran – President and CEO, American Registry for Internet Numbers, Ltd. (ARIN) As many in the community are aware, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) that serves Africa (AFRINIC) has been involved in litigation with a company known as “Cloud Innovation” operating out of the Seychelles and under control of an individual named Lu Heng (who resides primarily […]

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Understanding Internet Shutdowns

The OPTIMA team at Internews is pleased to introduce you to our upcoming series of three events exploring the impact of Internet shutdowns in Africa.  Over the last eight months, Internews has worked closely with academics, activists, lawyers, and developers across Africa to support the development of locally driven resources to help communities better prepare […]

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Russia’s efforts to promote cyber norms that serve its interests gain traction in Africa

By Cayley Clifford• 22 August 2021  With cyberspace fast becoming the new battleground for competing norms and influence, there is also a role for civil society in Africa to continue advocating for cyber freedoms. (Image: Hypnobay on Pixabay (public domain)) A proposal by Russia that the United Nations should consider a global cybercrime treaty has been […]

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How African states can tackle state-backed cyber threats

July 15, 2021 Nathaniel Allen and Noëlle van der Waag-Cowling At first glance, the ability of most African states to prevent or respond to a cyberattack by state-backed hackers would appear limited. African countries tend to have low levels of cyber maturity and possess limited offensive and defensive cyber capabilities. Virtually all rely on foreign actors to supply […]

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Partners of “African Girls Can Code” commit to address the digital gender divide in Africa

Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021Participants of a Coding Camp in Hawassa, SNNP Region, one of the Three the National Coding Camps held in Ethiopia that trained 444 Girls (29 July -16 August 2019). Among total of 575 girls trained under AGCCI between August 2018 – August 2019. Photo: UN Women/Elias Berhanu Half of the 3.7 billion […]

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Uganda, Ethiopia, Egypt… the hidden cost of internet blackouts By Eman El-SherbinyPosted on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 09:55 Communication technology is a double-edged sword. It can empower people to access and share information globally, or be used as an instrument of political and economic control. While hopes were raised by the Arab Spring a decade ago, the years since have seen multiple internet blackouts […]


Call for Proposal:IDRC and SIDA

November 4th, 2020. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) invite proposals from independent policy research organizations from across the African continent that are committed to using research to inform and influence national-level artificial intelligence (AI) policies and research ecosystems. This funding opportunity will provide funding to two (2) […]


The State of Mobile Money in Southern African Countries

By Guest Writer on September 9, 2020 Being a young Zimbabwean who holds no faith in our banking system – mobile money has been a big part of my life. Around 49% of Zimbabweans are registered with a mobile money service. 1 in 2 Zimbos is a significant number and this got me wondering – Is the story […]


Apply Now: $1,000,000 for African Online Safety Solutions from Google

By Wayan Vota on August 10, 2020 Over 500 million people have access to the Internet on the African continent – 40% of the population. Over 250 million Africans use smartphones for going online. Sign Up Now for Grant Funding Ideas This Internet, smartphone and mobile network usage has created extraordinary new opportunities for economic development. However, Internet access, especially by novice […]

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Data Protection During a Pandemic – African DPAs Respond

Amanda Manyame Tech Law and Policy Advisor LinkedIn Profile In an attempt to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, governments are using citizens’ personal data by collecting health data and contact information of people suspected to have been infected by the virus. This has led to countries adopting contact tracing measures which involve the surveillance of citizens […]