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In the News: Private sector wary of the Africa cyber security Draft Convention – Human IPO

The African Union Draft Convention on Cyber Security (AUCC) is to be tabled for signing on in January 2014, but after reading the fine print stakeholders in the ICT industry are already voicing their displeasure at some of the submissions that could be passed.

Rene Eno-Akpa a policy research fellow at the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), maintains however that the submissions contain loopholes that will, among other things, infringe on people’s civil liberties and as such cannot be made into law in their current form.- Humanipo, October 29 2013

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In the News: Africans Online Freedom under threat – kachwanya.com

On the surface the draft convention looks very well-intended but wait until you read some articles in the convention. As espoused by Dennis Mbuvi on his blog post “African Countries propose stringent rules governing e-commerce and data” – Kachwanya.com

November 1, 2013

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In the News: CIPIT challenges AU cyber security adoption – CAJ News

The Strathmore Law School-based institution said the ratification would subsequently threaten the growth and survival of the online business community.

CIPIT challenges AU cyber security adoption – CAJ News, November 13 2013

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In the News: Nigerian government seeks to monitor and control cyberspace with new law

There is growing awareness in African countries on the issue of CybderSecurity. This is reflected on the number of bills out there due for passage in National Parliaments. Human IPO run a story on Nigeria a while back which has a Cyber Crime Bill 2013 up for passage in their legislature.

Read the full article here

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CIPIT’s Letter to the African Union Calling for Stakeholder Input on the African Union Convention on Cyberspace

Below is a letter from Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law addressed to the African Union calling for more stakeholder input on African Union draft Cybersecurity Convention.


Here is the link

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AUCC Timeline’s: Presentation made by Mr. Auguste Yankey of AU’s Information Society Division in Yaounde, Cameroon


The above presentation by Mr. Auguste Yankey of African Union’s Information Society Division made in Yaounde, Cameroon sheds some light on the process and timelines adopted by the African Union and United Nations Economic Community for Africa in adopting to eventual endorsement of the AUCC.

Key Timelines
1. The Oliver Thambo Declaration – Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2009 [Adoption of the Resolution]
2. The 14th AU Summit of Heads of State and Government declaration on ICT in Africa – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. February 2010 [Endorsement of the Resolution]
3. The Abuja Declaration, CITMC-3 – Abuja, Nigeria. August 2010 [Confirmation of this resolution]
4. The Khartoum Declaration – Khartoum, Sudan. September 2012 [Endorsement of the Final AU draft Convention]

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Sign our Petition to Stop the Ratification of the African Union Convention on the Confidence and Security in Cyberspace

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The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law,(CIPIT), a Centre under Strathmore Law School has started a campaign to oppose the ratification of the African Union Convention on Cyber space (AUCC).

The AUCC significantly restricts on-line freedom of expression and stifles the growth of the on-line business community. In essence, it unacceptably limits fundamental internet freedoms.

We would like you to participate in petitioning the African Union to stop the ratification process. Kindly sign our petition linked here. It is a simple 1 minute process, and the petition contains some of the reasons why we oppose ratification.

Also, follow us on twitter @aucyberspace and on Facebook . Feel free to post your comments.

Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/262/148/817/

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