African Countries urged to establish favourable digital laws and policies

 African Countries urged to establish favourable digital laws and policies

African Countries urged to establish favourable digital laws and policies

African governments have been encouraged to expand digital rights and inclusion in formulating enabling laws and policies on the continent. Speaking at the Paradigm Initiative (PIN) festival in Harare, Zimbabwe, representatives of social enterprises and the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) argued that the continent’s citizens now regularly use information communication technology (ICT), creating the need for rights about how they use information and communication technology. Gbenga Sesan, executive director of PIN , said that while many African governments have made significant progress in improving online privacy and data protection and providing affordable internet access to increase access, much more needs to be done to close the current digital divide. Since its founding in 2007, the Paradigm Initiative has impacted the lives of over 5,000 underserved African youth by improving livelihoods and protecting their online rights through digital opportunities.But for more than eight years, the organization has played a key role in promoting internet freedom, providing policy solutions and monitoring ICT legal and policy frameworks on the continent to ensure citizens’ rights. This contribution was strengthened by the organization’s expertise in ICT capacity development, research and reporting.Social Enterprise also trained non-profit organizations and educational institutions on the use of information and communication technology in promoting digital security, internet and social media with annual digital rights reports that were turned into short films to attract more people. a younger audience. However,PIN CEO Nnnenna Paul-Ugochukwu said the organization has played an important role in leading public policy on internet freedom in Africa and “continues to do so through its presence in Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Senegal and Kenya, ” . Social Enterprise that builds ICT-based support systems and creates digital transport links to improve the livelihoods of underserved African youth. The organization has been working in communities across Nigeria since 2007 and across Africa since 2017, building experience and community. trust and organizational culture that positions this continent as a leading social enterprise in ICT for development and digital rights.”The Paradigm initiative has existed for 15 years and over the years we have seen gradual progress towards digital transformation. , which clearly shows the potential of digital security for rights for all”, said Sesan. TheFestival celebrated the collective behind-the-scenes efforts to advance digital rights and inclusion in Africa over the years. However,APC Managing Director Anriette Esterhuysen emphasized the need to develop policies aimed at empowering individuals and strengthening their ability to earn a living through ICT. “Having worked with the Paradigm Initiative for many years, I can attest to the benefits of empowering individuals and organizations. The availability of information and communication technology gives individuals, communities and institutions better opportunities to act and try to solve their own problems,” said Estherhuysen.

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