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Vacancy: Communications Officer

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Introduction

Paradigm Initiative is a social enterprise that builds an ICT-enabled support system and advocates digital rights in order to improve livelihoods for under-served youth. Our programs include digital inclusion programs – such as the Life Skills. ICT. Financial Readiness. Entrepreneurship (LIFE) training program and Techtiary program – and a digital rights program, Magoyi. Across our offices in Nigeria (Aba, Abuja, Ajegunle, Kano, Yaba), Tanzania, Zambia, Togo and Cameroon, and beyond, as part of a pan-African expansion plan, we work to connect under-served youth with improved livelihoods through our digital inclusion and digital rights programs.

Job Title: Communications Officer

Résumé du poste:

Researching, writing, editing and publishing information about Paradigm Initiative. The information will be used for internal publications for employees, management, sponsors, volunteers and or for publications that are distributed to the public.

To coordinate and deliver resources and processes in support of the media and communication for Paradigm Initiative.

Emplacement

  •         Anywhere in: Tanzania. Togo. Cameroon. Nigeria. Zambia

Rôles et responsabilités

  1.      Communications
  • Liaise with other staff and team members to provide excellent digital media content for use on PI’s social media assets
  • Provide advice or specific skills to teams to reinforce the media and communications aspects of all our programs.
  • Manage digital channels and networks, across programs and regions
  • Partner with web developers to design and implement effective web solutions to foster internal and external communications
  • Monitor office internet and web facilities
  • Manage legacy and new media contact across regions
  • Develop communication strategies for projects and PI consulting clients
  1.   Financial Management
  • Manage allotted budgets and reducing the cost of maintaining digital assets
  • Complete all tasks within the framework of the allocated budgets
  • Fundraising for the organization through the deployment of digital media skills
  • Monitor social media networks for grants and funding opportunities for the organization
  1.   Business Management
  •         Coordinating meetings and maintain relationships as requested, especially with various media outlets both social and traditional media
  •         To play an active role in media and communication, lobby and advocacy on issues related to Paradigm Initiative Programs through social media.
  •         Manage media and communication activities as part of the development on our all programs
  •         Develop communication strategies for projects and PI consulting clients
  •         Identify potential new strategic media partners for Paradigm and develop strategies for working with them.
  •         Assist Paradigm Initiative staff and partners in getting relevant messages across to target audiences within and outside the organization on major activities.
  •         Liaise with active partners to identify and help them to use rare opportunities to drive Paradigm Initiative’s advocacy issues on various media outlets across Africa
  1.   Media Management
  •         Cultivate relationships with key media contacts
  •         Compile and maintain media and community database
  •         Act as a public spokesperson for Paradigm Initiative by liaising with media and other external parties and giving interviews
  •         Monitor website and social media analytics
  •         Track media mentions related  to Paradigm Initiative’s work
  •         Ensure adequate media coverage for all program activities and functions
  •         Regularly identify communication channel and opportunity for fostering effective communication
  •         Research and review all content on the website and social media platforms of the organization

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Degree in Mass Communication, Public Relations, Computer Science, Information and Computer Technology, Information Systems or related fields
  • Fluency in English and French
  • Advanced proficiency in social media management and content management systems
  • Experience in communication strategy, project and media management
  • Demonstrate skills in effective media relations, experience in talking directly to media organizations and a high level of writing skills
  • Demonstrate broad grasp and understanding of ICT issues and policy in Africa
  • Experience in capacity building and/or training skills highly advantageous
  • Creative thinking, developing, designing, or creating new ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions
  • Available for frequent local and international travel

 

Rémunération

  •         En accord avec l'expérience et les compétences

Comment s'inscrire

Please click here to fill the application form.

Closing Date: May 25 or until role is filled.

There is a possibility of immediate resumption for role.

 

Poste: chargé de communication

Par | Non classé

Introduction

Paradigm Initiative est une entreprise sociale qui  favorise l’inclusion numérique par les TICs et défend les droits numériques afin d’améliorer les moyens de subsistance des jeunes défavorisés. À travers  nos bureaux au Nigéria (Aba, Abuja, Ajegunle, Kano et Yaba), au Cameroun, au Togo, en Zambie et en Tanzanie. nous travaillons au renforcement des droits numériques et à l’inclusion numérique en Afrique. Un plan d’expansion vers d’autres pays est en cours.

Description du Poste

Recherche, rédaction, correction, publication et diffusion d’informations sur Paradigm Initiative. Les informations seront utilisées pour diffusion interne à l’intention des employés et externe  à l’intention des partenaires, bénévoles ou pour des publications à grand public. Coordonner et fournir des ressources aux médias pour le compte de Paradigm Initiative.

Lieu du poste

Nigeria, Zambie, Tanzanie, ou Togo

Rôles et responsabilités

 

  • Communication

 

  • Assurer la liaison avec les autres membres du personnel et de l’équipe afin de fournir un excellent contenu web à utiliser sur les réseaux sociaux de Paradigm Initiative.
  • Fournir des conseils ou des compétences spécifiques aux équipes pour renforcer les aspects média et communication de tous nos programmes.
  • Gérer les supports  et réseaux numériques, à travers les programmes et les régions
  • S’associer à des développeurs Web pour concevoir et mettre en œuvre des solutions Web efficaces afin de favoriser les communications internes et externes.
  • Surveiller les installations Internet et Web.
  • Gérer les contacts avec les nouveaux médias dans toutes les régions.
  • Élaborer des stratégies de communication pour les projets et les clients de Paradigm Initiative Consulting.
  1. Gestion financière

 

  • Gérer les budgets alloués et réduire les coûts d’entretien des ressources numériques.
  • Effectuer toutes les tâches dans le cadre des budgets alloués.
  • Mobilisation de fonds pour l’organisation par le déploiement de compétences en médias numériques.
  • Veille  des réseaux de médias sociaux à la recherche de subventions et de possibilités de financement pour l’organisme.
  1. Gestion des affaires
  • Coordonner les réunions et entretenir les relations sur demande, en particulier avec les divers médias, tant sociaux que traditionnels.
  • Jouer un rôle actif dans les médias et la communication, le lobbying et le plaidoyer sur les questions liées aux programmes Paradigm Initiative à travers les médias sociaux.
  • Gérer les activités médiatiques et de communication dans le cadre du développement de tous nos programmes.
  • Élaborer des stratégies de communication pour les projets et les clients de PI Consulting
  • Identifier de nouveaux partenaires médiatiques stratégiques potentiels pour Paradigm et développer des stratégies pour travailler avec eux.
  • Aider le personnel et les partenaires de Paradigm Initiative  à faire passer des messages pertinents aux publics cibles à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur de l’organisation sur les principales activités.
  • Assurer la liaison avec les partenaires actifs pour identifier et les aider à utiliser les rares occasions qui leur sont offertes de faire avancer les questions de plaidoyer de Paradigm Initiative dans divers médias au Nigéria.

    

  1. Gestion des médias

 

  • Cultiver les relations avec les principaux contacts des médias
  • Compiler et mettre à jour une base de données sur les médias et la communauté
  • Agir à titre de porte-parole public de Paradigm Initiative en assurant la liaison avec les médias et d’autres parties externes et en donnant des interviews
  • Surveiller l’analyse des sites Web et des médias sociaux
  • Suivre les contenus médiatiques liés au travail de Paradigm Initiative.
  • Assurer une couverture médiatique adéquate pour toutes les activités et fonction du programme
  • Identifier régulièrement les voies de communication et les possibilités de favoriser une communication efficace.
  • Effectuer des recherches et examiner tout le contenu du site Web et des plateformes de médias sociaux de l’organisation.

 

Qualifications, compétences et aptitudes :

  • Diplôme en communication, relations publiques, informatique, Science de l’Information et de la Communication, Systèmes d’information ou domaines connexes
  • Maîtrise de l’anglais et du français
  • Compétence avancée dans la gestion des médias sociaux et des systèmes de gestion de contenu
  • Expérience en stratégie de communication, gestion de projets et médias
  • Démontrer des compétences en relation avec les médias, de l’expérience dans la communication directe avec les organisations médiatiques et un niveau élevé de compétences en rédaction.
  • Faire preuve d’une compréhension étendue des enjeux et des politiques en matière de TIC au Nigéria
  • Expérience en matière de renforcement des capacités et/ou de formation très avantageuse
  • Pensée créative, développement, conception ou création d’idées, de relations, de systèmes ou de produits nouveaux, y compris des contributions artistiques.

 

Rémunération

En fonction de l’expérience et des compétences

 

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Quelle est la prochaine étape pour le plan national sur le haut débit du Nigéria (2013 - 2018)?

Par | Non classé

Par Babatunde Okunoye

The development community in Nigeria became excited in 2013 when the Federal Government announced a national broadband plan to guide government policy towards broadband development in Nigeria. Nigeria’s national broadband plan was published amidst wide publicity and interest from stakeholders in the country and abroad.

Among the signature targets of the National Broadband Plan was the 6-fold increase of Nigeria’s broadband penetration from 5% to 30% and the inward spread of broadband fibre infrastructure into Nigeria’s cities and town in the nation’s hinterland.

As the deadlines for targets for the broadband plan approached, it was time for evaluation and although the Federal government claimed it had achieved its planned 30% target for broadband, experts in civil society and the private sector differed, with some suggesting the correct figure was closer to 10%. Government, civil society and private sector actors, however, agreed there’s still much more work to be done to expand broadband access in the country. It was clear a plan post-2018 was necessary, yet till now (Q2 2019), there doesn’t seem to be a clear policy direction from government on a post-2018 national broadband plan.

The National Broadband Plan 2013 – 2018 was an extremely useful policy document in the development of broadband in Nigeria. And although there are differences of opinion between civil society, the private sector and government on the extent of its success, there is no doubt that the Broadband Plan did make substantial contributions to the development and access to broadband in Nigeria.

In light of the importance of reliable and affordable broadband access to the development of Nigeria, it is important that conversations on a post-2018 be restarted. It’s Q2 2019 already and a survey of the policy landscape in Nigeria shows that there have not been any publicly visible plans or conversations towards a post-2018 Broadband plan.

le rebasing of Nigeria’s economy in 2013 showed the tremendous progress the nation had made in diversifying its economy. Nigeria’s economy was revealed to be the largest in Africa, overtaking South Africa. A key contributor to this new reality was the contribution of telecommunications and telecommunications-enabled services. The Internet, for instance, has enabled new forms of commerce and economic activity which has lifted many out of poverty and created a new army of technology-entrepreneurs.

Key to sustaining this new growth sector is expanding broadband access to the widest possible population in Nigeria. The starting point for this endeavour is a policy document, which guides the actions of all stakeholders towards this laudable goal. The National Broadband Plan (2013 – 2018) initiated a process which, although had its challenges, has left a positive footprint on the nation’s development. In light of the importance of fast and reliable broadband access to national development, it is in the best interest of the nation that plans for a post-2018 broadband plan are accelerated, and all stakeholders in government, civil society and the private sector coalesce effort to achieve this goal.

 

Babatunde Okunoye dirige les recherches de Paradigm Initiative.

Paradigm Initiative condamne l'arrestation et la déportation de Wakabi par les autorités tanzaniennes

Par | Communiqué de presse, Non classé

Paradigm Initiative condemns the arrest, detention and subsequent deportation of the executive director of the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Dr Wairagala Wakabi by Tanzanian authorities.

Dr Wakabi was arrested, detained and detained upon arrival in Tanzania yesterday, April 25. According to a statement released by CIPESA, Dr Wakabi was in Tanzania to participate in the annual commemoration of the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders’ Day on the invitation of the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC). Dr Wakabi is a renowned human rights advocate and researcher and we believe that his unacceptable treatment in Tanzania is a further indication of Tanzania’s increasingly hostile attitude to the human rights community.

This is not the first time that Tanzania has mistreated human rights advocates. In November 2018, the Committee for the Protection of Journalists Africa program coordinator Angela Quintal and sub-Saharan Africa representative Muthoki Mumowere were arrested, detained and deported from the country with the false claim that the duo were in Tanzania without proper visas. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) had previously expressed concern over the arrest of other 11 human rights activists in Tanzania. Tanzanian police have accused of raiding a legal consultation meeting, convened by the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (Isla) and Community Health Services and Advocacy (Chesa), in Dar es Salaam. 

The continued assault on activists and advocates is unacceptable and we call on the African Union and other regional bodies to prevail on the Tanzanian government to respect the fundamental human rights of its citizens and guests. Paradigm Initiative asks the government to immediately address its shameful treatment of Dr Wakabi. It is in the government’s own best interest to acknowledge human rights defenders as viable stakeholders in democratic spaces and that civic spaces are a natural extension of the community that must be nurtured not crushed.

Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship 2019

Par | Non classé

The application process is now open for the second edition of the Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship.

The Fellowship is a 4-month program designed to immerse outstanding, early career, journalists in digital rights and digital inclusion advocacy – and intervention efforts – in Africa. Selected journalists will work with Paradigm Initiative on various projects and contribute to improving public understanding of digital rights and inclusion issues. In 2018, Nigeria’s Victor Ekwealor (Techpoint) and Togo’s Emmanuel Vitus (GhanaWeb) emerged as the pioneer fellows. In 2019, we plan to select three fellows.

Composantes de la bourse

  • Formation de 2 jours sur l'orientation et les droits numériques / inclusion
  • Résidence de deux semaines dans les bureaux de Paradigm Initiative au Nigeria. Le boursier se rendra au siège de Yaba, au centre Aba LIFE, au bureau d'Abuja, au centre Ajegunle LIFE et au centre Kano LIFE
  • Collaboration virtuelle de 4 mois avec l'initiative Paradigm
  • La bourse peut également inclure des voyages locaux et internationaux entièrement financés pour participer et couvrir des événements pertinents
  • Interaction avec les principales parties prenantes dans la défense des droits numériques

Attentes

  • Les boursiers devront participer à toutes les activités prévues
  • Les boursiers seront tenus de publier, dans leurs journaux ou magazines affiliés, au moins douze rapports sur les droits numériques et les questions d'inclusion pendant la période de la bourse. Les membres conserveront une direction éditoriale complète sur les histoires
  • Fellows will be expected to continue to provide coverage to digital rights and inclusion issues after their fellowshipParadigm Initiative will provide fellows with a monthly stipend, and a one-time research grant, during the fellowship period

Qui peut postuler?

  • La bourse est ouverte aux journalistes affiliés aux principaux journaux imprimés et en ligne en Afrique
  • We are especially interested in women journalists
  • Les candidats intéressés doivent démontrer une couverture antérieure des droits de la personne et / ou des questions techniques et de l'intérêt pour le journalisme de plaidoyer
  • Les candidats intéressés ne doivent pas avoir passé plus de dix ans dans le journalisme. Nous sommes particulièrement intéressés par les journalistes exceptionnels et en début de carrière

comment s'inscrire

Fill the application form here: http://bit.ly/PImf2019

Date limite: May 6, 2019.

Fellowship will run from July to October 2019.

Groups Sue Gbenga Olorunpomi and Lauretta Onochie Over “Hate Speech”

Par | Communiqué de presse, Non classé

Two Civil Society organizations, Enough is Enough Nigeria and Paradigm Initiative have instituted a case asking the court to declare comments made by some political aides in Nigeria as Hate speeches.

Relying on documentary evidences gathered from online comments made by the two affected aides, Gbenga Olorunpomi, Aide to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and Lauretta Onochie, Aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, the organizations through their lawyer are asking the court to determine if the statements violates sections of Nigeria’s Cybercrime(Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 .

However, due to the elusiveness of the Defendants and their addresses, the Court favoured that the court processes should be advertised in national dailies. This was subsequently done on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in two leading National Dailies with national spread

According to Adeboye Adegoke, Program Manager at Paradigm Initiative, “the two organizations filed the case as a measure to curb the spread of hate speeches in Nigeria, a trend which is mostly associated with the political class. While their principals may not be less guilty of similar accusations, Governors and Presidents are however protected from prosecution by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. It is, however, significant that those political actors with links to power are being challenged for comments made at several times. The usual trend in Nigeria was for the political class to use their position to persecute citizens, journalists, activists and opposition whom they deem too critical of power under the guise of fighting hate speech or fake news.”

“If hate speech is to be curbed in Nigeria, then the prosecution must start from the political class who has always gotten away with inciting statements some of whom have led to crisis and deaths of many in the past.” Says Adeboye

The case is expected to come up for hearing at the Federal High Court Abuja today, Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Mr President, It’s time to sign the Digital Rights Bill

Par | Non classé

Par Sodiq Alabi

 When the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill (HB490) was transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari on February 4, many Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief. The digital rights advocacy community across the globe was ecstatic, and understandably so. The Bill is the first law dedicated to protecting digital rights and online freedom anywhere in Africa. If signed, the Bill will catapult Nigeria to the comity of nations leading the charge for the protection of digital rights and online freedom. Key amongst its provisions are the provisions on data privacy, free speech, press freedom, lawful interception and surveillance. 

The Bill has had a long journey to getting to the President’s table. First proposed and extensively discussed within the civil society and rights advocacy community during the 2014 Internet Freedom Forum hosted by Paradigm Initiative, it was not until 2016 before the Bill was tabled before the House of Representatives thanks to an exemplary civil society-legislature collaboration. Sponsored by Hon. Chukwuemeka Ujam, the Bill spent almost two years in the House before it was passed in December 2017.

When the Senate concurred with its sister-chamber in March 2018, supporters of the Bill assumed the Bill’s legislative journey had ended. Unfortunately, the Bill remained with the National Assembly for another eight months without its transmission to the president. Apparently, the National Assembly’s legal unit had flagged a problem in one of its clauses, therefore leading to another round of the legislative process. The affected clause was corrected and the revised Bill was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly in November and December 2018. Two months later, on February 4, 2018, the Bill was sent to the president for his assent as required by the constitution.

The constitution also requires the president to assent or decline assent to a bill within thirty days of receiving the bill from the legislature. We are now roughly two weeks from the end of this countdown. While the nation is engulfed in organising federal and state elections, it is crucial that important government business like the signing of a crucial piece of legislation does not suffer as a result. We urge President Muhammadu Buhari and his staffers to find the time, in between preparations for the elections, to study the Bill and have it signed before the deadline. This would be a commendable demonstration of the robustness of our presidential system and its ability to keep the country running even in the face of a crucial election for its leader.

As Paradigm Initiative, the group that leads the advocacy for the passage of the Bill said in a statement, President Buhari has a history of signing forward-looking Bills including the #NotTooYoungToRun and the Disability Bill. The Digital Rights Bill falls into this category of Bills as it provides clear legal backing for online freedom and digital rights in an era when the digital space has become central to life. Paradigm Initiative’s Adeboye Adegoke is therefore right when he said, “If signed, the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill will add to what appears to be a forward-looking disposition of the administration to policymaking. What President Muhammadu Buhari does with the Bill will go a long way to define the administration’s disposition towards technology and its viability in improving the economic base of Nigeria.”

The last few years have seen tens of millions of people connected to the internet in the country. These people conduct business, have a social life, learn and teach via this important tool. They even campaign for political candidates and are campaigning to via the internet. However, despite the deployment of the internet across the country, Nigeria, unfortunately, lacks a comprehensive legal framework that protects human rights online, a situation that makes Nigerians online vulnerable to rights abuse. It is therefore easy to agree with Web Foundation when they declared that, “Nigerians cannot wait any longer for digital rights, freedoms and opportunities. The President’s Assent is urgently needed to secure fundamental rights, to support a stronger digital economy, and to build a more secure internet.”

Digital rights are human rights and by signing the Digital Rights Bill into law, President Muhammadu Buhari would give much-needed protection to these crucial rights. It is time to make history, Mr President.

Sodiq Alabi leads communications at Paradigm Initiative.

Leveraging the Gains of Multi-stakeholder Process to Cybersecurity Policy

Par | Non classé

Par Boye Adegoke

Cybersecurity is a big and important subject all over the world. In Nigeria, the work became cut out as Nigeria grappled with the scourge of Cybercriminals popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo at the turn of the Millennium. While the innovations that gave the world the likes of Facebook, Google, Apple, Huawei and other forms of innovative technology were being celebrated all over the world, Nigeria was grappling with managing its image as it appears many young people in Nigeria have sadly embraced the negative side of technology and are becoming renowned worldwide as cybercriminals. The damage done is yet to be fully salvaged. According to a 2018 Nigeria Cybersecurity Outlook released by Deloitte, “Social engineering attacks conducted via emails, SMS and calls still the number one threat being faced in Nigeria as at today. Also, it is not enough to just know more about   trends or attacks, it is about putting the right measures in place so as to be better prepared to defend against them”

Nigeria has since taken many steps to address the scourge by aligning with other efforts globally such as establishing the Computer Emergency Response Teams known as NG Certs. In February 2015, the Government adopted the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy prepared by the Inter-Ministerial Committee coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser. A few months later, Nigeria passed the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015 which entered into force on 15th May 2015. The purpose of the Act is also to promote cybersecurity and cybercrime prevention, and it provides for obligations to the private sector. Many stakeholders especially from civil society have criticized this law and are seeking judicial intervention to dislodge some parts of the law which are deemed non-right respecting. Also, there is an ongoing process to repeal and re-enact this law by the Legislative Arm of the Nigerian Government. The ongoing process is also being criticized as non-transparent because many stakeholders feel left out. The need for effective cross-stakeholder collaboration is widely recognized, as required in cybersecurity policy formulation process, with numerous international instruments reinforcing the message.

What’s clear about Nigeria’s approach is that it has been largely driven by concerns around security issues as well as implications for National security and business. Meanwhile, Cybersecurity has relevance to individual users as much as it does for Nations and businesses. This is why greater stakeholder involvement in cybersecurity policy development process is very important. Civil society concerns have usually been around how human rights concerns are often jettisoned or deemed inconsequential in cybersecurity policy development. Internet security threats are complex, and they affect multiple stakeholders, therefore, they require coordinated efforts to be adequately addressed. Constitutionally guaranteed rights must be respected in the cyberspace i.e. the rights that apply offline must also apply online. From an individual perspective, cybersecurity isn’t limited to freedom from cyberattacks but includes the right to privacy, right to freedom expression and protection of personal data; communication etc. this hardly makes it into the country’s cybersecurity agenda. This disregard for human rights may not be unconnected with the gaps that exist in the composition or the stakeholder mapping that currently exists.

The Important role that all stakeholders have to play in ensuring that the governance of cyberspace remains open, inclusive, and sufficiently flexible to adapt itself to changing risks and challenges must be emphasized. Users are increasingly distrustful of the internet, and that poses a challenge to its future. “Users’ trust is at the core Internet-driven business landscape. Immediate steps to enhance users trust must be taken. Governments must ensure that users trust is not broken online by ensuring there’s a transparent and multi-stakeholder approach to the development of cybersecurity policies and strategies. A truly multistakeholder approach to National Cybersecurity Strategy Development is poised to address this gap drawing on real-life examples of good practices in other climes. Governments, including military and intelligence sectors, could benefit from increasing their awareness of the multistakeholder nature of the Internet and the vital importance of cooperation with other stakeholders to address security threats.

In conclusion, we must move away from paying lip-service to the idea of a multistakeholder approach to cybersecurity policy development process. There must be a genuine effort to make the process inclusive to capture different stakeholder group who are affected and can bring invaluable insight to the process.  The more robust the inputs and the process is, the better the outputs. It must be noted however that the multi-Stakeholder approach is not a kill switch that addresses all the problems in a swipe; it is, however, a fundamental approach that is able to give all stakeholders a sense of belonging and gives an opportunity to capture nuances, local context into the process; The approach is widely accepted as the optimal way to make policy decisions for a globally distributed network. The United Nations Internet Governance Forum embraces multistakeholder approach model and the model has also been adopted by a growing number of international organizations. The model will help to create a veritable platform for a multi-stakeholder conversation, knowledge sharing and learning in Nigeria around cybersecurity policy development and implementation.

 

Adeboye Adegoke (@adeboyeBGO) is Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Rights Program Manager for Anglophone West Africa.

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#KeepItOn: vers une élection sans internet au Sénégal?

Par | Plaidoyer, Droits numériques, Non classé

Par Emmanuel Vitus

The Senegal is the United States of Western State in Western Islands, The United States of America, in 1960. La transparence et la stabilité ont toujours été respectées. régional. Mais le prochain scrutin présidentiel s'annonce dans un climat caractérisé par une montée en puissanceFausses nouvelles»Et des discours de haine en ligne.

Alors que la campagne électorale a débuté depuis une semaine, sur les réseaux sociaux, sur les campagnes de dénigrements et de désinformations sont au firmament. Pour contrer le phénomène, le gouvernement a annoncé l'adoption de nouvelles dispositions contre la diffusion des «Fausses nouvellesEt discours de haine sur internet.

Mais déjà, plusieurs voix disparaissent aussi bien dans la société civile que du côté de la presse.

Même s'ils reconnaissent de façon unanime l'urgence de la fin de l'hémorragie des «Fausses nouvelles», Les professionnels des médias craignent que la nouvelle loi sur l'adoption ne restreigne l'espace de la liberté d'expression ou soit instrumentalisée par les pouvoirs publics pour museler la presse.

Aussi, plusieurs tribunes ont été commises par des journalistes sénégalais pour avertir des risques de censure et d'extrapolation des accusations deFausses nouvelles»In the public fees on a will all Senegal's as a will men are men men.

Peine d'emprisonnement

Du point de vue juridique, c'est l'article 255 du code pénal qui réprime la diffusion des «Fausses nouvelles»Au Sénégal. La disposition punit d'une peine d'emprisonnement de trois (3) and of a amende of 100000 à 1500000 FCFA lapublication, diffusion, divulgation ou reproduction, not to this way, on a new d'administration, falsifiées or mensongered attributed at paling (…) in the publication made or not a bad mauvaise publication. payed at well-of-the-population, ou jeté sur les institutions publiques ou leur fonctionnement»

Selon la loi sénégalaise, en cas de diffusion deFausses nouvelles», Le mandat de dépôt obligatoire (art 139). De même, les auteurs pourraient être frappés d'une interdiction de séjour sur le sol sénégalais durant cinq (05) ans au plus.   

Article 27, l'épée de Damoclès

Bien que le gouvernement soit annoncé à plusieurs reprises ne soit pas entraver la liberté des Sénégalais, l'article 27 d'un projet de loi portantCode des communications électroniques», A déjà été adopté le 6 juin 2018, laisse la paix sur la sincérité des engagements du pouvoir public à laisser l'internet ouvert lors du prochain scrutin.

Dans ses notes, il stipule, entre autres, queAuthor Author Author»

Cette clause selon la société civile, vérifie à suffisance la volonté de livrer les Sénégalais au diktat du régulateur et des opérateurs lors du prochain contrôle.

Perte évaluée à 3 milliards

You are here to the self-service of Macky All on the cut the Internet on the 24 February, 10 millions d'internautes seront déconnectés du monde sans compter les conséquences sur la vie socio-économique du pays.

Une journée de coupure d’internet au Sénégal coûté environ 5849015 dollars US soit environ 3370101532 CFA par jour selon les estimations de Netblocks, une plate-forme qui évalue l'impact économique des coupures d'internet à travers le monde. C'est un minimum parce que nous ne comprenons pas les paiements mobiles, les transactions du secteur informatif et les recettes fiscales.

Une probable coupure constitue un danger pour le développement de l'économie numérique pour la jeunesse de ce pays en particulier. Cette jeunesse ambitieuse, en quête de revenus qui s'activera dans l'entrepreneuriat numérique.

Aussi, une éventuelle coupe constituait un frein au développement de toutes les entreprises sénégalaises et les couches sociales qui dépendent du numérique.  

Vivement que le Sénégal, reconnu mondialement pour ces politiques progressives, maintienne l'internet ouvert lors du prochain contrôle de 16 millions d'habitants, la liberté d'expression et de communication est fondamental pour toute démocratie.

 

Emmanuel Vitus est membre de la stratégie Google chez Paradigm Initiative.

Les droits numériques sont des droits humains, même pendant les élections

Par | Plaidoyer, Droits numériques, Non classé

Par Babatunde Okunoye

Dans le contexte des défis socio-économiques de l'Afrique, les élections sont un processus à fort enjeu dans lequel des atrocités odieuses ont été commises. La liste comprend les meurtres de masse, les enlèvements, les viols, les incendies criminels et les assassinats. Au début de l'ère numérique, alors que des événements tels que les soulèvements du Printemps arabe ont mis en évidence le pouvoir des médias numériques, la libre circulation de l'information pendant les élections a également été attaquée.

En Afrique, les coupures d’Internet ou même des pannes de courant sur les réseaux sociaux ont principalement eu lieu à la suite d’élections ou d’autres événements politiques. Et nous n'avons pas besoin de chercher loin derrière pour savoir comment, car en 2019, nous avons déjà eu des fermetures d'Internet ou des médias sociaux en RD Congo, au Tchad, au Soudan, au Gabon et au Zimbabwe - toutes motivées par des considérations politiques.

Au Nigeria, on dit "il n'y a pas de fumée sans feu". Il y a quelques semaines, le Nigerian Guardian, peut-être la source d'informations la plus influente au Nigeria porté un rapport citant les craintes d'une fermeture d'Internet dans le pays mise en œuvre par le gouvernement, les activistes de la société civile étaient clairement préoccupés. Notre soulagement était donc palpable lorsque le gouvernement s’est ensuite rendu à nier une telle des plans. Nous espérons qu'ils tiennent parole, contrairement aux autorités zimbabwéennes qui l'avaient fait après des assurances similaires. (Voir les conseils ici pour rester en ligne en cas de restriction Internet) 

Alors que le Nigéria choisit son président et d'autres dirigeants nationaux à partir de samedi prochain, nous exhortons les autorités à rappeler que les élections sont au service du développement national. Ils servent de véhicule pour inaugurer de nouveaux dirigeants et moteurs de développement pour un pays. Leur venue ne doit jamais être annoncée par le sombre épisode d’une perturbation d’Internet.

Les arrêts Internet sont des violations des droits humains. Ils ne servent pas l'objectif pour lequel ils ont été mis en œuvre - généralement pour éviter la propagation de la violence ou d'autres problèmes. Au contraire, la panne d’information qu’elle occasionne peut être mortelle dans de nombreuses situations humanitaires telles que les urgences. Alors que nous allons tous voter pour commencer samedi, nous exhortons nos dirigeants à voter également pour maintenir Internet.

 

Babatunde Okunoye dirige les recherches de Paradigm Initiative. 

 

  

 

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