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[liberationtech] What steps can Africans take and lead in Internet governance and social justice?

Ephraim Percy Kenyanito ekenyanito at gmail.com
Tue Nov 8 02:53:17 PST 2016


Dear colleagues,

Almost three years ago, I published a blogpost on CircleID
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140225_internet_governance_why_africa_should_take_the_lead/>
titled “Internet Governance: Why Africa Should Take the Lead
<https://ephraimkenyanito.com/2014/02/25/internet-governance-why-africa-should-take-the-lead/>.”
I argued that African Internet stakeholders use a ‘wait and see approach’
in matters as critical as Internet governance,” and that African voices are
missing in key Internet governance discussion fora. Additionally, I
suggested that some reasons for this approach, including that Africa lacks
well-trained Internet governance experts and Africans see foreign affairs
and international relations as an East versus West dynamic. I further urged
for a change in this situation, as the “wait and see approach” is gravely
interfering with the basic human rights of Africans.

As a follow-up to the post above, and building on previous work on the African
Media Law and Digital Native Roundup
<http://globalnetpolicy.org/tag/africa/> with the University of
Pennsylvania, I am pleased to enclose a summary of a major forthcoming
publication focused on the 2014-2016 period that highlights  the regional
trends concerning Internet governance and information and communications
technology (ICT) policy making processes in Africa. The post can be found
here:
https://ephraimkenyanito.com/2016/10/17/what-steps-can-africans-take-and-lead-in-internet-governance-and-social-justice/

I have further republished the post today on Medium and can be found here:
https://medium.com/@ekenyanito/what-steps-can-africans-take-and-lead-in-internet-governance-and-social-justice-546a0ca4e2c3#.11ckov701

This post is divided in two parts. The first relays my observations about
trends over the past three years in African ICT policy, human rights, and
development processes, and highlights key challenges and opportunities. The
second provides recommendations for African citizens on what can be
improved.

I will be happy to set up some time to discuss further (via skype/ or in
person) this upcoming publication, additionally, please feel free to let me
know if you're interested to receive this major forthcoming publication
focused on the 2014-2016 period as a PDF to your email​.


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Best Regards,
*Ephraim Percy Kenyanito*
Website: https://ephraimkenyanito.com/
Twitter: @ekenyanito <https://twitter.com/ekenyanito>
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