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IGF 2018 LIGHTNING SESSION #5 Trends in Digital Rights in Africa

Title: Trends in Digital Rights in Africa

The state of Digital Rights in Africa has worsened in the past 3 years. The regularity and severity of digital rights violations such as Internet shutdowns, clampdown and arrests of citizens for comments made across digital platforms have intensified, leading to great concern among civil society groups on the continent. This session seeks to provide an overview of the situation for Africa. 

Sub-theme: Freedom of Expression Online

Presenter Name: Rigobert Kenmogne, Wathagi Ndungu

Organization: Paradigm Initiative

Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Regional Group: Africa

Session Time: 
Monday, 12 November, 2018 - 14:00 to 14:20
Theme: 
Human Rights, Gender & Youth
Report: 

Session Type: Lightning Session

Title: Trends in Digital Rights in Africa

 Date & Time: November 12  2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm

 Organizer(s): Paradigm Initiative 

Chair/Moderator: Tope Ogundipe 

 Rapporteur/Notetaker: ‘Gbenga Sesan  

List of speakers and their institutional affiliations (Indicate male/female/ transgender male/ transgender female/gender variant/prefer not to answer):

Rigobert Kenmogne Paradigm Initiative Male

Wathagi Ndungu Paradigm Initiative Female

Theme (as listed here): Human Rights, Gender and Youth

 Subtheme (as listed here): Freedom of Expression Online

Please state no more than three (3) key messages of the discussion. [150 words or less]

Digital Rights has been in decline in Africa in the past 3 years

African governments are learning from each other in implementing digital rights violations

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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