It was business as usual

‘’Human rights protected offline should also be protected online’’

This was the resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) — the resolution on “the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet” at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council of July 2018 which affirmed what we all held sacrosanct — that digital rights are human rights.

Internet and digital access have deepened across Africa in the past 20 years, in the process ushering in new vistas of human development. …

Codifying Bug Bounty Programs in Cybersecurity practice

When Nigeria rebased its GDP figures in 2013, many observers assumed there would be doubts about the new figures that made Nigeria Africa’s largest economy, after South Africa. Indeed, it was the former figures that were deemed unreliable, because they largely ignored the tremendous contributions made by new sectors such as entertainment, services, and telecoms to the economy. The Economist magazine estimated that the telecoms sector alone accounted for more than 25% of the rebased GDP. Thus, Nigeria began the transition from a monolith petroleum-based economy to a more diversified economy. …

Rethinking advocacy strategies

It’s that time of the year again when expert analysts take a gaze into the future and proffer an outlook for the year ahead. In international affairs perhaps there is none as eminent as The Economist magazine’s “The world in 2021’’ — insights that leaders in politics, business, and finance draw from to shape personal, institutional, and national agendas for the incoming year.

In digital rights, it is perhaps also apt to take a look at the incoming year to prepare for whatever it might throw up. An important trend to anticipate in the coming year is Internet shutdowns, and…

An agenda for meaningful connectivity in Africa

The World Bank’s annual World Development Report 2021 themed “Data for better lives’’ will be launched in Q1 2021. In our modern world where the impact of data and digital technology has never been more keenly felt, the focus of the World Bank — a major international developmental partner — on improving lives through data and technology could not have been more timely.

This is particularly true for Africa, the least digitally connected continent. Africa lags behind the rest of the world in Internet access, digital device access, and digital skills. …

Tunde Okunoye

Musings at the intersection of Technology and Development

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