Privacy Over-reach outcry after Swedish ISP forced hand over Pirate Bay customers data

A landmark court ruling in Sweden could have dire consequences for those using torrent sites like the Pirate Bay to download pirate films and TV shows. One of Sweden’s key internet service providers (ISP’s), Bahnhof, has been ordered to provide the names of customers using its services to download pirated content. Bahnhof is a popular …

Developing Countries to be wary of risks from new technologies

Technological advances associated with the fourth industrial revolution – including artificial intelligence – allow the automation of an increasingly wide array of processes in increasingly interactive and sophisticated ways. These advances will likely give rise to many opportunities for economic and social development in developing countries, for instance by increasing food production. But the new …

IFEX Urges African governments to prioritise digital rights

The membership of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) and other African internet governance stakeholders attending the Sixth African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) has called for the prioritisation of digital rights of all citizens across the continent. This call was made at the launch of AFEX’s Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 Report held in …

Calestous Juma’s legacy in supporting African innovation

Before his death, Kenya’s celebrated academician and researcher Calestous Juma sought to leave a lasting legacy to his community, country and the world. The luminary Kenyan scholar who championed the cause of innovation and technology in transforming African countries, and whose books and papers about the environment, biotechnology, education, artificial intelligence, and the politics of …

Charts show broadband internet still too expensive for many Africans

In parts of the continent, monthly broadband packages cost more than national minimum wage. In Nigeria, for example, the $80 average cost of monthly broadband packages is nearly double the national minimum wage of $50 (18,000 naira), data from the broadband pricing league table compiled by Cable.co.uk show. Of the 36 African countries analyzed, only …

BRCK, Vanu And Facebook Bring Free Mobile Internet Access to Rural Rwanda

Rwanda is one of the fastest-growing African countries in ICT development and use, and in fact the country seeks to create an ICT infrastructure comparable to those in the developed world to tap into the opportunities the sector presents. A robust ICT industry can thus create wealth, jobs and entrepreneurs. Therefore we applaud the government’s …

.Africa Game on – Case will proceed to Trial

Earlier this year in February ICANN announced that it was free to proceed with the delegation of .AFRICA domain following a Court decision that denied DotConnectAfrica’s (DCA’s) Motion for Preliminary Injunction to stop the delegation of the .AFRICA generic top-level domain (gTLD) to ZA Central Registry (ZACR). The case had been remanded to State court …