WOUGNET Staff at the 2nd Africa School on internet governance – Mauritius
The 2nd School on Africa Internet Governance (AfriSIG2014) have just been concluded. The 5 Days intensive training brought together practitioners, actors and non actors in the civil society fraternity, academics and Government to discuss the future of internet, the evolution,policies, management and governance structures. The School was held in Mauritius from the 21st- 26th of November 2014.
WOUGNET was represented by two of its staff. WOUGNET has over the years worked to foster and promote sustainable use and application of ICTs in Uganda so that many women and women organisations can benefit from using technology to address issues of sustainable national development.
Africa School on Internet Governance 2014 cover the following main themes:
- Theoretical concepts and principles: including human rights, history, politics, and law relevant to Internet users and intermediaries
- Technology and the governance and management of critical Internet resources
- National and regional policy: including convergence with telecommunications policy and regulation
- The Internet Governance landscape in Africa
Rural Projects Manager and Program Head, Information Sharing and Networking participated in the 5 days training. The training was also beneficial to WOUGNET as it builds on WOUGNET’s work on cyber security and internet freedoms that led to the development of a policy brief – understudying the dynamics under which cyber security and internet freedom issues affect participation of women and girls in the online spaces.
Participation in the School also draws a lot from WOUGNET’s participation and contribution to APC’s Global Information Society Watch report (Giswatch) in which Uganda has been seen to be increasingly focusing on issues of surveillance online without necessarily balancing or instituting measures on how these surveillance affects online participation of citizens
As a follow up on this initiative, WOUGNET is also organising a 1 day meeting in Kampala scheduled on the 11th of December, in which the APC’s Global Society Information Society Watch Report titled – “Communication Surveillance in the Digital Age” will be launched. Also the WOUGNET work and policy brief report on cyber security and internet freedoms and how it affects women will also be disseminated.