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A Risk-based Assessment to Digital ID Systems: The Case for Huduma Number (by Florence Ogonjo and Rachel Achieng)

Digital identity (ID) technologies are being tried and tested, and discussions about their adoption are becoming more common. The effectiveness of these systems will be determined by how privacy and security concerns are addressed during the early stages of implementation. When considering digital ID, the technical infrastructure and legal framework […]

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Crafting a Comprehensive Kenyan IPDT Framework: Lessons from the GDPR, OECD and APEC (by Amrit Labhuram and Micheal Butera)

Kenya, following the enactment of the Data Protection Act 2019 (DPA)[1], has adopted a restrictive principle on International Personal Data Transfers (IPDT). Part VI of DPA obligates data controllers or processors that intend on conducting IPDTs to provide evidence of appropriate safeguards, as well as submit proof that the recipient […]

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Charting the Link Between Disinformation, Disruptions, Diseases and the Diaspora in Cameroon and DR Congo (by Richard Ngamita)

[originally posted by CIPESA] Disinformation on social media has been a growing concern in global politics for several years, and it is now exploding across Sub-Saharan Africa, where social media-based disinformation campaigns are increasingly being deployed by foreign entities and governments  to influence narratives. Several socio-political and economic factors provide fertile ground […]

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Why Data Rights are Central to Protection of Online Freedom

[originally posted on CIPESA] In an increasingly digitised world, safeguarding data rights has become central to protecting individuals’ rights to access and share information, express themselves, and associate using the internet and related platforms. Advances in technology, alongside growth in mobile subscriptions and increased use of smartphones have pushed individuals […]

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The Data Politics of Pandemics: The Cost of Covid-19 Denialism (by Bernard Sabiti)

[cross-posted from CIPESA here.] At the onset of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the prognosis for how Africa would manage the  pandemic was bleak. Many (mostly western-based) epidemiologists anticipated that the pandemic would kill millions of Africans. Researchers at the Imperial College London put the number of estimated deaths at three million as […]

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Reflections on Data + Elections (by Rob Macdonald)

Many commentators highlighted the potential for voters to be empowered by the growth of mobile telecommunications across the African continent. However, this initial enthusiasm has somewhat waned as accounts of targeted messaging during elections have become common, particularly as the content of these messages has often been misleading, out-right false, […]

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Reflections on Data + Money (by Paul Kithinji)

In East Africa particularly, the digital financial services industry has grown exponentially and so has the volume of digital data collected by players. Digital financial services have also brought about greater financial inclusion. However, this has fueled concerns about the processing, storage and use of data collected. Concerns ranging from […]

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