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CSOs write AU, UNHRC on Internet Shutdown in Togo!

A coalition of some 35 civil society organisations has written to several international bodies including the African Union and the United Nations Human Rights Commission over the recent internet shutdown in Togo. Signatories to the letter include Paradigm Initiative, Reporters Without Border, World Wide Web Foundation, Access Now, DotunRoy.com, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Ghanaian Centre of PEN International. The Coalition ...

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Online courses as a means of developing #digital expertise in #Africa!

“The World is flat” is the title of the bestselling book by Thomas Friedman, the influential American author and Journalist, where he argued that several developments in the 21st century such as outsourcing, the personal computer, the Internet, the standardization of commercial technology globally and international trade have led to a shift in economic competitiveness across the world. This shift ...

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NGO Boss Commends Yoruba Summit on Restructuring!

The founder of Ibadan-based Guildance Community Development Foundation, Mr Kabiru Adisa FCA has commended Yoruba leaders for convening the Yoruba Summit that deliberated on restructuring and other associated issue. This was contained in a press release issued on Sunday by the chartered accountant and development expert. “I find it gladdening that Yoruba leaders are now following up their restructuring demand ...

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Amnesty Nigeria: Hundreds forcibly disappeared to instil fear

Enforced disappearances are being used to instil fear into civilian population living in areas of the country wracked with conflict and insecurity, said Amnesty International as the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared on 30 August. The organisation fears that hundreds of people are being held in secret detention – a conduct prohibited under the International Convention for the ...

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Paradigm Initiative Cautions #Nigerian Military on Social Media Surveillance Activity!

The report that the Nigerian military has commenced monitoring social media activity of Nigerians has been in the news in the past few days.   This development might not be unconnected to the recent pronouncement by the Vice-President that hate speech will soon be considered an act of terrorism.   President Muhammadu Buhari also spoke along this line saying when ...

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Lessons in digital rights advocacy from the #Kenyan 2017 Elections

By Babatunde Okunoye In an earlier blog post, I had drawn the attention of the world to watch out for digital rights violations during 3 critical African elections in August – in Kenya, Rwanda and Angola. Digital rights violations such as Internet disruptions, social media clampdowns and arrests have been known to coincide with election time on the continent, as ...

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Paradigm Initiative Joins Global Network Initiative

Paradigm Initiative has joined the Global Network Initiative (GNI) as the first-ever member organization from Africa. This development was announced today, August 24, by GNI in a statement posted on its Website Founded in 2008, The Global Network Initiative is an international multi-stakeholder group of internet and telecommunications companies, civil society organizations (CSOs) investors and academics, who have created a ...

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“Police are the reason most rapists, sex offenders go unpunished for their crimes in Nigeria” – Njemanze

By Oladotun Fadeyiye Abuja based Human Right Activist, Dorothy Njemanze, has blamed some “Bad Eggs” within the Nigeria Police Force as the reason most rapists, sex offenders and other gender-based violence culprits often escape the wrath of the law for the heinous crimes they have committed against minors and women in Nigeria. While recounting her several horrific experiences fighting for ...

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NCC Threatens Telcos To Scrap Pre-Registered Sims or Face Punishment

According to reports by the Nigerian Communications Week, the Nigerian Telecommunications Commission (NCC) has demanded that all mobile telecommunications firms block the use of pre-registered sim cards. The use of these sim cards are believed to be what criminals use to perpetuate crime across the country. Ismail Adedigba, NCC deputy director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, gave the warning at the commission’s 87th consumer outreach in ...

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INCREASING THREATS ON FREE SPEECH AS POLITICAL TERRORISM!

By Adeboye Adegoke ———————————————————— “Everybody likes to get as much power as circumstances allow, and nobody will vote for a self-denying ordinance.”  – Lord Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, English Catholic historian, politician, and writer. One would have thought that the above quote attributed to Lord Acton, which has been captured in another sense as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute ...

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