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Report Launch: State of Digital Rights and Internet Governance

The growth in Internet usage has in equal measures attracted interest from the state to control monitor users’ Internet activities using sophisticated technology and legal restrictions to control what citizens do or say online justifying the repression as necessary for public order, morality or security. Although the Internet can be a powerful democratization tool but it can facilitate real time abuse of fundamental rights and freedoms.

The rationale for the research was to explore the loopholes within the national legal and policy framework which are; perpetrating surveillance, personal data and privacy intrusion, arrests, kidnaps, online Censorships that limit the development of good Internet governance principles.

The report was launched on 12th March 2021. Click on the button below to watch the event.

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Women@Web Online Debate

Over the last thirty years women’s rights organizations, journalists, activists and feminists have used Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), including the internet and social media to access and share critical information about their rights, organise and mobilise for activism and engage in advocacy.

However, despite their benefits and potential to support women’s rights and movement-building throughout Uganda, these new technologies have also created significant challenges for women’s rights organizations and movements, including the emergence of new forms of violence and abuse against women online. Emerging data shows that women and girls are subjected to various forms of technology related violence. This behavior targets women and girls, with an intention to intimidate, to coerce, or to cause fear, anxiety, humiliation and extreme emotional distress.

In order to respond to the vice, the Women At Web Project, with an aim of improving digital literacy and general digital landscape among more African women. The need for improved digital literacy among more women in Africa is fundamental and should be supported with a thorough understanding of the online and offline social structures that could influence their willingness to be active participants in the online arena.

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Privacy Symposium 2020

The 2020 privacy symposium explored the dynamics of Data use and Democracy presenting the opportunities and challenges to digital human rights in Uganda across sensitive areas of digital identity, e-commerce, surveillance, and digital political campaigns leveling the significance to 2021 elections.

Upon these realities, the Privacy symposium 2020 targeted 60 participants drawn from government, civil society, academia and professionals to engage in public discourse to sensitize and create awareness about the risks that lie within the weak Data Protection and Privacy laws and the effects on human rights.

The event was streamed live on our Facebook page and YouTube.

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Privacy Symposium 2019

Unwanted Witness undertook an analysis of the law and shared it’s findings with the stakeholders, formulated proposals to the government for consideration in the regulations.

The symposium provided a platform for awareness raising and knowledge sharing about the law, as well as understanding on emerging threats and opportunities to data privacy in Uganda.

50 participants drawn from government, academia, NGOs, Private sector, regulators, Diplomatic Community and the media among others attended the event.

The event was jointly organized by the right to Privacy Cluster; the Unwanted Witness and Privacy International.

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