The Unwanted Witness Bi-Annual Newsletter

It’s halfway through the year already! Can you believe it? From tackling challenges to celebrating victories including attainment of resolutions for some. The past six months have been filled with electrifying events and advocacy, and we cannot wait to dive into what the rest of the year has in store for us. Thank you for being part of our journey. Unwanted Witness has had a productive first half of 2024. Let us revisit some of the highlights.

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Data Protection

EMPOWERING YOU WITH CONTROL OVER YOUR PRIVACY AND DIGITAL LIFE,

We raise awareness about the risks associated with the processing of personal data online and offline. This includes educating individuals about the types of data that are typically collected by companies and how that data can be used..

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Freedom of expression & other Internet Freedoms

AMPLIFYING YOUR VOICE, PRESERVING YOUR ONLINE FREEDOM

Through our lobbying efforts, we engage with the government and other stakeholders to promote internet freedoms and prevent censorship. As a human rights organization, we are committed to defending the rights of internet users and ensuring that they are not violated. We believe that an open and secure internet is essential for the promotion of democracy, human rights, and social justice.

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Policy and Legal Reform

DRIVING CHANGE THROUGH POLICY AND LEGAL REFORM

We work with other organizations and stakeholders to advocate for policy and legal reforms that promote digital rights and freedoms in Uganda. We also monitors the implementation of existing laws and policies to ensure that they are aligned with international human rights standards.

In order to understand the level of compliance, Unwanted Witness conducts an annual legal compliance assessment for selected countries in Africa. The 2023 Privacy Scorecard report was first launched at the 5th Privacy Symposium Africa in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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Digital Inclusion

DIGITAL INCLUSION FOR ALL

Our Digital Inclusion and Innovation Program is focused on promoting digital inclusion in Uganda and beyond, particularly among marginalized communities, and fostering innovation in the digital space. The program aims to bridge the digital divide, increase access to digital technologies, and promote the use of digital platforms for social and economic development.

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Advocacy and Research

RESEARCHING FOR CHANGE , ADVOCATING FOR IMPACT

We carry out research activities to identify challenges that individuals and communities face regarding digital rights and freedoms in Uganda and beyond. We conduct evidence-based research, which provides a basis for the formulation of policy recommendations that guide our advocacy activities. Through research, we identify the gaps in digital rights and freedoms policies and highlight issues that require urgent attention from policymakers, regulators, and other stakeholders.

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Digital Identity

LEGAL AID FOR AN EQUITABLE SOCIETY

We are committed to providing legal aid services to individuals who have experienced digital rights violations in Uganda. We understand the importance of legal representation in ensuring that victims receive justice and compensation. We partner with legal organizations and lawyers to provide these services and make them accessible to those who need them the most. We believe that every individual has the right to access justice and receive fair treatment under the law.

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OUR LATEST POSTS

June 10, 2024

A Call for Inclusivity, Trust, and Accountability in Reforming Uganda’s National ID System

One of the most striking issues identified in the paper is the financial burden imposed on Ugandans for ID services. The fixed fee of UGX 50,000/- ($13.78 USD) for replacing identification cards is markedly higher compared to neighboring countries like Kenya, Rwanda, and extends even to South Africa and India. In a nation where approximately 30.1% of the population lives below the poverty line, this exorbitant fee exacerbates social inequalities and restricts access to essential services for many Ugandans.
June 10, 2024

Press Release: Unwanted Witness Calls for Reform to Champion an Inclusive, Trustworthy, and Accountable National ID System in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda – June 10, 2024 – Unwanted Witness has released a comprehensive position paper titled […]
March 6, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Unwanted Witness Joins Inaugural Cohort of the Spyware Accountability Initiative

Unwanted Witness announced today that it has been awarded a grant from the Spyware Accountability Initiative, whose mission is to grow a global field of civil society organizations who are advancing threat research, advocacy and accountability to address the use and trade of spyware.

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