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Zimbabwe govt’s digital ‘warfare’: harassing social media voices

By | Digital Rights

Whiles some African countries continue in the area of conventional warfare seeking to combat terrorism and separatism or both, there is a new frontier that most African governments are struggling to get a grip on. It is the online landscape with its attendant ‘warheads’ of internet and social media. Different governments are grappling to contend with the power that social media – especially Twitter and Facebook – gives to opposition voices be they politicians, journalists, activists or members of the wider civil society. A routine measure to combat the ever rising voices on social media is blocking the internet. Be it total blackout as happened in Ethiopia in June 2020 following the assassination of a top musician or blocking of specifics platforms – Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.

How Harare is hounding top journalist, his lawyer 

“Zimbabwe’s High Court has granted bail to investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono … but the reporter won’t be allowed to post on Twitter before his trial on charges of inciting public violence,” An AP report of September 2 read. As at end of August, the southern African country had been gripped with a case that was in many ways intriguing as much as it was worrying. At the time, the episode had travelled an arrest, thwarted protest, bail denials and banning of a top human rights lawyer. Journalist Chin’ono is a known face and voice. He has had major news hovering around him in the last few months. From a COVID-19 corruption expose, then being at the center of a press and human rights saga.

He was arrested in July, Gestapo-style at his residence in the capital Harare. He had seen it coming and will even tweet the events as operatives forced their way into his home. His Twitter account appears to have been compromised after the break in and arrest. Months on, the courts have barred him from the “crime scene” – Twitter. He is not to tweet before his trial – a key bail condition. Reason for arrest; joining a call for protests of July 31 against misrule of the country. His lawyers battled police for access to their client whiles he appeared in court with handcuffs and leg irons. The treatment which includes surviving on biscuits continues despite legal, press and human rights protests. Hopewell, through his hearings said he remained undaunted, ‘I will be strong. I am fine,’ he said from a prison van after a bail hearing in August.

Beatrice Mtetwa is one of Zimbabwe’s celebrated rights lawyer. She is the journalist’s lawyer at least till a court in August stripped her of that power – citing a Facebook post she did not author. One of Chin’ono’s lawyers Roslyn Hanzi summed up the court’s decision plus refusal to allow lawyers access to the client: ‘They are essentially stripping Hopewell Chin’ono of his right to legal representation at all levels.’  Commenting on the court’s decision on Mtetwa, the Johannesburg Society of Advocates, JSA; accused the judge of being arbitrary in his ruling and called for a review of what they called a questionable decision. “The allegation that Mrs Mtetwa has committed unethical conduct should be properly investigated in accordance with fair procedures for dealing with misconduct by legal practitioners,” the JSA statement stressed.

Breaking yoke of media dependency

 

If dissenters needed state-run media to be heard years back, that dynamic has drastically changed with social media. One tweet would attract retweets and one Facebook posts will attract mass sharing, same for forwarding on WhatsApp. These are playfields where government have very little control of. In the race to keep up with the ‘liberated’ opposing voices, a number of governments have employed drastic measures the likes of arrests, surveillance and blocking accounts even bugging communication.

“There are surveillance and privacy infringements by governments all in the name of protecting their own safety,” Adeboro Odunlami, a Nigerian lawyer observed in an interview, which action spans a number of African governments.

History of arrests, dismissal of human rights voices

Zimbabwe is no stranger to arrests of opposition voices – a trend that was pervasive under the Mugabe regime, carried over into the current one. An unresolved case being that of journalist Itai Dzamara dating back to 2015. Opposition activists, even lawmakers are not immune to such arrests. A star of sorts during the latter years of the Mugabe regime was Pastor Evan Mawarire who was routinely jailed over subversion charges. More recently a top author had tasted the arrest dose. With each arrest comes calls for immediate release and dropping of charges but Harare seems to have mastered dismissing such calls. In the case of Hopewell, press and net rights groups, the diplomatic community have routinely made the call much as Harare has dismissed same.The preferred protest arena is the streets experts insist but the online arena undoubtedly has proven a mobilizer that governments dread and one that gives dissident voices the leverage to score points against power of the state.

The writer Abdur Rahman Shaban Alfa is a 2020 Paradigm Initiative digital rights fellow and a former web journalist with Africanews.

 

Appel à co-auteurs

By | Advocacy, Digital Rights, DigitalJobs, ICT Policy, ICTs, Internet Freedom, L.I.F.E.

Un rapport sur les droits numériques et l’inclusion en Afrique

Contexte

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) est une entreprise sociale qui construit un système de soutien basé sur les TIC et milite pour les droits numériques afin d’améliorer les moyens de subsistance des jeunes mal desservis. À travers ses équipes, partenaires et réseaux à travers le continent africain, PIN surveille l’état des droits numériques et de l’inclusion en Afrique et intervient avec des programmes et des actions qui répondent le mieux aux défis. L’écosystème numérique en Afrique est marqué par des violations des droits numériques que PIN a bien identifiées dans ses rapports sur les droits numériques en Afrique et a fait l’objet de délibérations mondiales sur des plateformes régionales et internationales telles que DRIF, le Forum sur la gouvernance de l’internet et RightsCon.

Grâce à la communauté des droits numériques et de l’inclusion, les initiatives de plaidoyer changent le paysage numérique en garantissant que les meilleures pratiques sont adoptées dans les politiques et la législation en Afrique. Des progrès significatifs sont en cours dans certains pays africains pour combler le fossé numérique et méritent d’être reconnus. Dans ce contexte, il est pertinent que le PIN documente les droits numériques et les violations d’inclusion, souligne les jalons et formule des recommandations pour améliorer le paysage numérique en Afrique.

Paradigm Initiative sollicite les services de chercheurs sur les droits numériques et l’inclusion en Afrique pour être co-auteurs d’un rapport continental annuel sur les droits numériques et l’inclusion. Chaque chercheur retenu fera rapport sur un pays spécifique. Paradigm Initiative versera une allocation de 800 USD au chercheur pour un travail achevé et soumis de manière satisfaisante.

Justification et portée du rapport

PIN cherche à compiler le rapport annuel 2020 qui donne une analyse approfondie de l’état des droits numériques et de l’inclusion en Afrique en examinant les violations, les lacunes, en enquêtant sur l’utilisation et l’application des politiques et de la législation, ainsi qu’en formulant des recommandations clés pour faire progresser les droits numériques et l’inclusion en Afrique. Le rapport dégagera également des thèmes clés à débattre lors du prochain DRIF21 et mettra en évidence les domaines d’intervention exceptionnels.

Méthodologie

Le rapport comprendra des rapports spécifiques aux pays bien documentés qui sont référencés et soumis par les auteurs des membres de son équipe et de la communauté des droits numériques et de l’inclusion. L’étude des pays adoptera une approche multiforme, combinant des méthodes empiriques et de recherche documentaire pour évaluer à la fois les aspects quantitatifs et qualitatifs des droits numériques et de l’inclusion en Afrique.

Contenu attendu

Les rapports nationaux doivent inclure un contexte et un historique; identifier et discuter des domaines d’évaluation thématiques, se référer à tout cadre juridique, politique et institutionnel du pays et faire des recommandations. Les rapports nationaux peuvent inclure, sans s’y limiter, l’un des domaines d’évaluation thématique suivants;

  • Impact de la réglementation COVID-19 sur les droits numériques et l’inclusion.
  • Jouissance de la liberté d’expression en ligne en 2020
  • Protection des données, confidentialité, identifiants numériques et surveillance
  • Coupures d’Internet
  • Lois sur le discours haineux, la désinformation et la diffamation criminelle
  • L’exclusion numérique en Afrique et son impact sur les droits humains
  • Infrastructure numérique et hiérarchisation des TIC.

Expertise et qualification requises

  • Bonne connaissance du pays sur lequel portera le rapport ;
  • Un diplôme pertinent.
  • Expertise, connaissances et expérience des droits numériques et de l’inclusion.
  • Ligne directrice pour les articles
  • Longueur acceptable du rapport de pays : 1500 mots
  • Anglais ou français.
  • Les auteurs doivent s’assurer que tous les statistiques, faits et données sont correctement référencés.
  • Un seul rapport de pays par chercheur sera accepté.

Les candidats intéressés, veuillez soumettre une réponse accompagnée d’une copie de votre CV et d’un échantillon de travail écrit d’ici le 19 septembre 2020 ici. Les délais complets seront communiqués aux candidats retenus. Les réponses seront communiquées le 1er octobre 2020.

Call for Co-Authors

By | Advocacy, Digital Rights, DigitalJobs, ICT Policy, ICTs, Internet Freedom, L.I.F.E.

A Report on Digital Rights and Inclusion in Africa

Background

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a social enterprise that builds an ICT-enabled support system and advocates for digital rights in order to improve livelihoods for under-served youth. Through its teams, partners and networks across the African continent, PIN monitors the state of digital rights and inclusion in Africa and intervenes with programs and actions that best respond to the challenges.  The digital ecosystem in Africa is marked by digital rights violations which PIN has aptly captured in its Digital Rights in Africa reports as well as been subject for global deliberations at regional and international platforms such as DRIF, Internet Governance Forum, and RightsCon.

Through the digital rights and inclusion community, advocacy initiatives are changing the digital landscape ensuring best practices are adopted into policy and legislation in Africa. The meaningful strides being taken in some African countries to bridge the digital divide are worth acknowledging.  With this background, it is pertinent that PIN documents digital rights and inclusion violations, highlights milestones and makes recommendations for improving the digital landscape in Africa.

Paradigm Initiative seeks the services of researchers on digital rights and inclusion from within Africa to be co-authors of an annual continental report on digital rights and inclusion. Each successful researcher will report on a specific country. Paradigm Initiative will pay a stipend of USD $800 to the researcher for work satisfactorily completed and submitted.

Rationale and Scope of the report

PIN seeks to compile the 2020 annual report that gives an in-depth analysis of the state of digital rights and inclusion in Africa by examining violations, gaps, investigating the use and application of policy and legislation as well as draw key recommendations for advancing digital rights and inclusion in Africa. The report will also draw key themes for deliberation at the upcoming DRIF21 and highlight outstanding areas for intervention.

Methodology

The report will comprise of well-researched country specific reports which are referenced and submitted by authors from its team members and digital rights and inclusion community. The study of the countries will take a multifaceted approach, combining empirical and desk-research methods to assess both quantitative and qualitative aspects of digital rights and inclusion in Africa.

Expected Content

Country Reports must include a context and background; identify and discuss the thematic assessment areas, refer to any in-country legal, policy and institutional framework and make recommendations. The country reports may include and not limited to any of the following thematic assessment areas;

  • Impact of COVID-19 Regulations on digital rights and inclusion.
  • Enjoyment of Freedom of Expression online in 2020
  • Data Protection, Privacy, Digital IDs and Surveillance
  • Internet Shutdowns
  • Hate Speech, Misinformation and Criminal Defamation Laws
  • Digital exclusion in Africa and its impact on human rights
  • Digital infrastructure and prioritization of ICT.

 Required expertise and qualification

  • Good understanding of the country to be reported on;
  • A relevant degree qualification.
  • Expertise, knowledge, and experience in digital rights and inclusion.

Guideline for Articles

  • Acceptable Length of Country Report: 1500 words
  • English or French.
  • Authors to please ensure that all statistics, facts and data are properly referenced.
  • Only 1 country report per researcher will be accepted.

Interested candidates, kindly submit a response together with a copy of your resume and sample written work by 19 September 2020 here. Full timelines will be communicated to successful candidates. Responses will be communicated on 1 October 2020.

Opportunity: Research & Project Internship – Abuja

By | Digital Rights, DigitalJobs, ICT Policy

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a non-profit social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems for young people, in order to improve their livelihoods. Two of PIN’s programs focus on digital inclusion while the third focuses on digital rights advocacy. Paradigm Initiative’s digital rights advocacy program is focused on the development of public policy for internet freedom in key regions of Africa. Our policy advocacy efforts include media campaigns, coalition building, capacity building, research and report-writing.

We are looking for a smart and brilliant individual with strong skills in research and project management. This internship opportunity is for three (3) months and the suitable candidate will support Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Policy Programs team. Interested persons with experience/interest/qualification in digital/tech policy should apply. The selected candidate will be expected to be available full time throughout the three months.

What you will do

  • Support research on/around Digital Policies
  • Project management tasks: planning, organising, budgeting, logistics, and reports
  • Reporting
  • Engage Digital Policy Process
  • Represent the Senior Program Manager at Meetings/Webinars
  • Document digital rights violations
  • Administrative/Secretariat support for strategic litigation interventions at PIN
  • Other assigned tasks by reporting authorities

What you will need

  • A first degree in Law, Policy, Social Sciences, project management and other related fields of study
  • A background in research and project management
  • Flair for and experience in budgeting, writing, and reporting
  • A legal background will be an added advantage.

What you will get

  • Compensation commensurate with experience
  • Hazard allowance for remote work
  • Workplace experience and exposure to Africa’s Digital Policy Community
  • Acknowledgment for Research Contributions (i.e your contribution to the research you work on and contribute to will be duly referenced and acknowledged.)

For the purpose of gender balance, a female candidate will be preferred. Candidates should not be above 30 years old. You will report to the Senior Programs Manager.

NB: Paradigm Initiative teams are currently working remotely. However, if physical work resumes before the end of the internship, the selected individual will be required to report to Paradigm Initiative’s Abuja office daily.

Do not apply if:

  • You are currently employed
  • You are actively pursuing an academic qualification within the specified period
  • You are not an excellent writer, planner and time manager
  • You are not available for a full-time position

How to apply

Send a one-page statement of Interest and links to articles/reports/paper/essay you have written in the past, with your recent CV attached to hr@paradigmhq.org. The application closes on September 11, 2020, but the position will be filled as soon as we find the right fit. If you think you are the right fit, do not delay in sending in your application.

 

 

 

 

Paradigm Initiative organisera DRIF21 en tant que festival multi-pays en avril 2021

By | Digital Rights, Press Release

Lagos, Nigéria – [28 août 2020] – Paradigm Initiative (PIN) est ravie d’annoncer la tenue de la 8e édition du Forum sur les droits numériques et l’inclusion (DRIF) prévu du 12 au 30 avril 2021.

 DRIF21 sera un festival multi-pays auquel les communautés peuvent se joindre à la fois en présentiel et en ligne. Cette édition débutera par une journée portes ouvertes virtuelle le 12 avril 2021, suivie de réunions dans plusieurs pays à travers l’Afrique.

DRIF est une plateforme importante où sont formulés les débats sur les politiques publiques en matière du numérique en Afrique ainsi que les orientations politiques et partenariats pour leur mise en œuvre. Il est également l’espace d’expression de diverses compétences et capacités pour renforcer les droits numériques et l’inclusion sur le continent africain et au-delà.

En tant que plateforme phare de Paradigm Initiative pour les communautés numériques, DRIF continue de donner le ton en tant qu’espace d’échanges sur les défis mondiaux concernant les droits numériques, la confidentialité, l’accès, les outils numériques, les violations, l’autonomisation numérique pour les communautés mal desservies et des thèmes similaires – en particulier en Afrique – et de consolidation des points de vue de la société civile, des entreprises technologiques, des gouvernements, des universités et d’autres parties prenantes.

Selon « Gbenga Sesan, Directeur Exécutif de PIN, « l’équipe de Paradigm Initiative est honorée une fois encore de rassembler la communauté des droits numériques grâce à un mélange d’interactions virtuelles et physiques, car comme nous l’avons vu dès les premiers jours de la pandémie mondiale, les violations des droits des citoyens se sont poursuivies – et dans certains cas, se sont intensifiées. »

 Pour Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu, Directrice des Opérations de Paradigm Initiative, « Il est important de discuter des leçons tirées de la manière dont les différents pays répondent aux défis de la gouvernance des données pendant les moments de crise, de la manière dont la liberté d’expression évolue face à une désinformation dangereuse et comment l’espace civique pourrait prospérer au milieu des verrouillages. Nous attendons avec impatience les débats multi-pays de la 8e édition de DRIF et nous avons hâte de travailler avec les partenaires et les participants sur les opportunités d’action identifiées ! »

Les éditions précédentes ont eu lieu en présentiel dans un seul pays et ont connu la participation de divers membres de la société civile, la communauté technique, le monde universitaire, des acteurs étatiques et le secteur privé pour des engagements communs.

« Accueillir DRIF21 dans un certain nombre de pays africains sera une excellente occasion de célébrer la diversité qui accompagne un réseau croissant de défenseurs des droits numériques et de l’inclusion. Le modèle DRIF21 offrira une série de conversations enrichies qui décortiqueront les problèmes et aideront à façonner les stratégies d’amélioration du paysage numérique en Afrique », a déclaré Thobekile Matimbe, Chargé des Communautés à PIN.

« Nous sommes ravis de présenter DRIF à nos communautés cette fois-ci, apportant littéralement le Forum à nos partenaires et participants alors que nous poursuivons les conversations importantes autour de la politique numérique sur le continent », a ajouté la directrice des opérations, Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu.

PIN a lancé un appel à propositions de sessions et exhorte les parties prenantes et les partenaires intéressés à soumettre des propositions qui contribueront à améliorer l’écosystème numérique.

 

 

 

Paradigm Initiative to Host DRIF21 as a Multi-Country Festival in April 2021

By | Digital Rights, Press Release

Lagos, Nigeria – [August 28, 2020] – Today, Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is thrilled to announce the upcoming 8th edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) taking place between the 12th and the 30th of April 2021. DRIF21 will be a distributed multi-country festival of in-person convenings that communities can join virtually. This edition will kick off with a virtual open day on the 12th of April 2021 followed by in-country day convenings across Africa.    

DRIF is an important platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, policy directions debated and partnerships forged for action. It hosts diverse skills and capacities for enhancing digital rights and inclusion on the African continent and beyond. As PIN’s flagship platform for communities of practice around digital policy, DRIF continues to set the tone as the arena for tough topical global issues around digital rights, privacy, access, digital tools, violations, digital empowerment for underserved communities and similar themes — especially in Africa — and consolidating views from civil society, technology companies, government, academia and other stakeholders. 

According to ’Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director at PIN, “the Paradigm Initiative team is excited about the opportunity to bring the digital rights community together through a blend of virtual and physical interactions, because as we saw from the early days of the global pandemic, violations of citizen rights have continued—and in some cases, heightened.”

Commenting on the development, Paradigm Initiative’s Chief Operating Officer, Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu said: “It is important to discuss lessons from how various countries respond to data governance challenges during moments of panic, how freedom of expression fares in the face of dangerous disinformation and how the civic space could thrive in the midst of lockdowns. We look forward to the multi-country conversations at the 8th edition of DRIF and can’t wait to work with partners and participants on identified action opportunities!” 

Past editions have been held at a single location attracting diverse members of civil society, the technical community, academia, government and private sector for shared engagements. 

“Hosting DRIF21 in a number of African countries will present a great opportunity for celebrating the diversity that comes with a growing network of digital rights and inclusion advocates. The DRIF21 model will offer a series of enriched conversations that will unpack issues and help shape the strategies on improving the digital landscape in Africa,’” PIN’s Community Manager, Thobekile Matimbe, said.

“We are excited to take DRIF to our communities this time around, literally bringing the Forum to our partners and participants as we continue the important conversations around digital policy on the continent,” added the Chief Operating Officer, Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu. 

PIN has put out a call for session proposals and urges interested stakeholders and partners to submit proposals that will help enhance the digital ecosystem. 

Festival multi-pays DRIF21 : Appel à propositions de session !

By | Digital Rights, Press Release

Le Forum sur les droits numériques et l’inclusion (DRIF) est une plateforme importante où sont formulés les débats sur les politiques publiques en matière du numérique en Afrique ainsi que les orientations politiques et partenariats pour leur mise en œuvre. Il est également l’espace d’expression de diverses compétences et capacités pour renforcer les droits numériques et l’inclusion sur le continent africain et au-delà.

En tant que plateforme phare de Paradigm Initiative pour les communautés numériques, DRIF continue de donner le ton en tant qu’espace d’échanges sur les défis mondiaux concernant les droits numériques, la confidentialité, l’accès, les outils numériques, les violations, l’autonomisation numérique pour les communautés mal desservies et des thèmes similaires — en particulier en Afrique — et de consolidation des points de vue de la société civile, des entreprises technologiques, des gouvernements, des universités et d’autres parties prenantes.

DRIF21 sera un festival multi-pays auquel les communautés peuvent se joindre à la fois en présentiel et en ligne. Cette édition débutera par une journée portes ouvertes virtuelle le 12 avril 2021, suivie de réunions dans plusieurs pays à travers l’Afrique.

À ce titre, nous sommes heureux d’inviter des propositions de session pour la 8e édition. Nous sommes disposés à recevoir des propositions de session pour la journée portes ouvertes virtuelle du DRIF21 et des sessions organisées en présentiel à travers plusieurs pays.

Les sessions peuvent être organisées par divers groupes de personnes, notamment des organisations de la société civile, des décideurs, des experts juridiques, politiques, des entreprises technologiques, des universités, des défenseurs, des chercheurs et des institutions nationales des droits de l’homme.

Les sessions du DRIF21 seront bilingues afin de pouvoir accueillir un large éventail de participants. Les objectifs de DRIF21 sont de créer des plateformes pour discuter des questions clés, d’élaborer des plans d’action pour promouvoir les droits numériques et l’inclusion en Afrique et de créer des réseaux pour de futures collaborations.

Compte tenu de l’impact de la pandémie COVID-19, nous organiserons nos activités DRIF21 dans des pays ouverts à des rassemblements d’au moins 20 participants. Pour impliquer notre communauté au-delà des frontières nationales, nous veillerons à ce que toutes les réunions nationales soient retransmises en direct sur les principales plateformes de médias sociaux pour un engagement et une portée accrus dans l’espace virtuel.

Directives pour les propositions de session

  • Les propositions de sessions qui seront organisées en présentiel peuvent inclure une composante virtuelle grâce à des collaborations avec d’autres parties prenantes en dehors du pays hôte.
  • Les organisateurs de sessions devant accueillir des personnes doivent être en mesure de se conformer aux réglementations nationales COVID-19.
  • Dans les pays, les sessions peuvent prendre la forme de tables rondes, de formation, d’expositions, de contenus préenregistrés et de lancements de travaux de recherches.
  • Les propositions de session pour la journée portes ouvertes doivent être pleinement soutenues par l’organisateur de la session, car un financement limité sera disponible pour soutenir les réunions en présentiel.
  • Un financement limité pour soutenir la coordination, les aspects techniques et logistiques des propositions de session retenues et le soutien logistique des participants sera disponible.

La date limite pour les propositions de session est le 7 octobre 2020 et les propositions de session retenues seront notifiées le 28 octobre 2020. Nous annoncerons notre appel à participants le 15 décembre 2020.

Veuillez soumettre votre session en cliquant ici

DRIF21 Multi-Country Festival: Call for Session Proposals !

By | Digital Rights, Press Release

The Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) is an important platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, policy directions debated and partnerships forged for action. It hosts diverse skills and capacities for enhancing digital rights and inclusion on the African continent and beyond.  It is a Paradigm Initiative (PIN) flagship platform for communities of practice around privacy, affordable Internet, increasing women’s access to digital tools, Internet shutdowns, digital empowerment for underserved communities and similar themes. DRIF has in the past attracted diverse members of civil society, the technical community, academia, government and private sector for shared engagements. DRIF has set its tone as the arena for tough topical global issues around Internet rights, especially in Africa and consolidating views from civil society, technology companies, government, academia and other stakeholders. 

The 8th edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) will be held between April 12 to 30th, 2021, under a model that will celebrate the multi-country community that contributes to promoting digital rights and inclusion in Africa.  The upcoming DRIF21 will be a distributed multi-country festival of in person convenings that communities can join virtually. The DRIF multi-country festival will be opened by a virtual open day on the 12th of April 2021 which will be followed by in-country day convenings across Africa.    

As such, we are pleased to invite session proposals for the 8th edition of the flagship program on digital rights and inclusion in Africa. We also welcome session proposals for the virtual DRIF21 opening day.  Sessions can be hosted by diverse groups of people including civil society organizations, policy makers, legal/policy experts, technology companies, academia, advocates, researchers and national human rights institutions. Sessions will cover DRIF21 and will be bilingual catering for a diverse range of participants. The objectives for DRIF21 are to create platforms for discussing key issues, to develop action plans for enhancing digital rights and inclusion in Africa and to build networks for future collaborations.

In view of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be hosting our DRIF21 activities in countries that are open to gatherings of at least 20 participants. To engage our community beyond country borders, we will ensure that all country convenings are live streamed on key social media platforms for greater engagements and reach in the virtual space. 

Guidelines for session proposals

  • In-country convening session proposals can include a virtual component through collaborations with other stakeholders outside of the host country. 
  • In person session hosts must be able to comply with COVID-19 in-country regulations.
  • In-country sessions can be in the form of panel discussions, ignite talks, exhibitions, pre-recorded content and research launches.
  • Session proposals for the open day must be fully supported by the session host as limited funding will be available to support in person convenings.
  • Limited funding to support coordination, technical and logistical aspects of successful session proposals and participant logistical support will be available.

The due date for session proposals is 7 October 2020 and successful session proposals will be notified on 28 October 2020.  We will announce our call for participants on 15 December, 2020. 

Submit your session proposals here 

Request for proposals (RFP) for Gamification of a digital rights toolkit

By | Digital Rights, DigitalJobs

Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a social enterprise advocating for digital rights in Africa, requires a technical proposal and cost quotation from qualified individuals or agencies to create novel games for incorporation in its digital security toolkit. The primary objective of these games (puzzles, augmented reality games, quizzes, etc) is to promote game-based learning approaches revolving around digital safety. The games shall be web-based owing to the online version of the toolkit, with integration for the offline publication, that will have a description with links pointing to the safe online repository where toolkit users can play the toolkit games. Work to be performed includes the conceptualisation and development of games, puzzles, quizzes and other gaming experiences around identified digital security themes.

Projected Timeline

  • Issue Date: August 24, 2020
  • Submit Questions by: September 4, 2020
  • Response Deadline: September 11, 2020
  • Expected Award: September 18, 2020
  • Expected delivery: October 30, 2020

Requirements

  • Experienced software developer (preferably with a bias for gamification)
  • Specialised knowledge of digital rights and Internet governance is a strong asset
  • Sensitivity to context and the target audience
  • Adaptability and flexibility required to work under pressure and to meet short deadlines

Financial proposal

The financial proposal should cover the full contracting period and propose a standard fee per deliverable (as it shall be agreed by PIN).

Submission Requirements

PIN requests interested individuals or agencies to provide the following:

  1. Capability Statement: Not to exceed a three-page narrative on the individual’s or agency’s  capabilities to perform the scope of work indicating past experience in gamification and web based game development.
  2. Timeline: PIN anticipates contracting the awardee by September 18, 2020, and anticipates that the contract will last until October 30, 2020. The timeline will be finalized when the firm is selected.
  3. References: A minimum of three (3) client references worked with in the past two years on an activity that is similar to this Scope of Work. Include the contact information (names, company or organization, phone number and email).
  4. Staffing: (Where applicable) Names and CVs including their experience on this type of work.
  5. Cost Proposal: The cost proposal will be based on the scope of work indicated above. All expenses should be aggregated into fixed price amounts per deliverable.

Selection Criteria 

PIN is issuing this RFP requesting that each vendor provide us with a brief proposal. PIN intends to issue one or more fixed price agreements to the vendor whose proposal contains the combination of those criteria offering the best overall value. Evaluation factors are a total of 100 points, apportioned as noted in the following:

  • Technical qualifications 50 points
  • Past performance 20 point
  • Cost 30 points

Contract mechanism

PIN will issue fixed payment(s) based on submission and PIN’s acceptance of deliverables or measurable performance milestones. Once a purchase order is issued, it will include a fixed price payment schedule with deliverables/milestones specified in the Scope of Work. 

PIN may reject any or all offers, accept offers other than the lowest-price offer, and/or make multiple awards.

Terms and Conditions

Vendors are responsible for review of the terms and conditions described.

RFP Submission Procedure

Please submit proposals and portfolio information to  rfp@ayeta.africa by midnight on September 10, 2020. Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to the above eMail address.

For more information about PIN, visit https://wwww.paradigmhq.org.

Request for Proposal (RFP): Marketing and Distribution of Paradigm Initiative’s Training Day Movie

By | Digital Rights, DigitalJobs, Press Release

Training Day is a short film based on Paradigm Initiative’s 2019 Digital Rights in Africa report, featuring the story of a young man whose quest for work took an unexpected turn. The movie (free for download on YouTube) showcases the 2019 Africa Digital Rights report in a different way to resonate with a wider audience. To ensure that the movie is widely distributed and promoted on local and international platforms and channels (both online and offline), Paradigm Initiative is looking for a movie marketing company to plan and execute the marketing and distribution of the movie.

EXPECTATIONS

Paradigm Initiative is hiring the marketing and distribution company to do the following:

  • Develop a 3- month comprehensive marketing plan (mid September to mid December 2020) including audience, media, channels, expectations and cost.
  • Develop and share a comprehensive social media strategy for the marketing and distribution of the movie.
  • Develop and share a comprehensive PR plan for the marketing and distribution of the movie.
  • Ensure the movie is appropriately listed on VOD platforms and traditional media programs both in Africa and abroad.
  • Ensure the movie is listed on all international movie databases, festivals and encyclopaedias.
  • Advertising of spots, posters and teasers on traditional media including newspapers, radio and TV
  • Write and produce quality content and reviews, taking into account conventions and limitations of social media platforms.
  • Produce high-quality content for Paradigm Initiative’s social media platforms which includes Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.
  • Create and edit videos that can be posted across the platforms to promote the movie and the Digital Rights in Africa report.
  •  Regularly share the content with the project partners (Paradigm Initiative and others) for publication on their platforms.
  • Manage and respond to negative feedback in the media and social media.

 INVOICING & PAYMENT

The marketing and distribution company will invoice Paradigm Initiative for work done at the end of every month. Paradigm initiative agrees to pay the amount owed within five (5) days of receiving the invoice. Payment will be made monthly at the end of the month’s deliverable.

EXPENSES

Paradigm Initiative will reimburse the Marketing and Distribution Company’s expenses. Expenses must be pre­-approved by Paradigm Initiative. The Marketing and Distribution Company will be reimbursed to reasonable, pre­-approved expenses, including but not limited to, media distribution and advertising costs, communications costs, and research costs.

TIMELINE

The work to be performed shall commence on or before 16th September 2020, and shall be substantially completed on 15th December 2020. 

RFP SUBMISSION PROCEDURE 

Please submit proposals and portfolio information to rfp@paradigmhq.org by midnight on September 10, 2020. Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to the above eMail address.

For more information about PIN, visit https://wwww.paradigmhq.org.

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