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Title:Special issue on human rights and information and communication technologies (ICTs)
Editor:Kirunda, RobertISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:information technology
civil and political rights
conference papers (form)
Abstract:On April 2 and 3, 2009, an international conference on 'The nexus between ICTs and human rights in Africa' was held in Kampala, Uganda. The papers included in this special issue of the 'East African Journal of Peace & Human Rights' were selected from papers presented at this conference. Scholars and policymakers have paid less than sufficient attention to the ways in which the growth and spread of ICTs across the world's communication platforms is affecting the individual's enjoyment of certain human rights. In some of the world's jurisdictions, there have been attempts to enact domestic legislation that seeks to regulate the use of ICTs. Against this background, four papers in this issue (by R. Kakungulu-Mayambala, Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, John Kamya, and Bolaji Owasanoye & Olyinka Akanle, respectively) address the specific approaches of Uganda, Rwanda and Nigeria. The papers present an analysis of the intersection of ICTs with communication rights as well as the development and legislative process in these countries. Robert Kirunda deals with the broader issues of Internet governance and hate speech, while David Banisar discusses the linkages between ICTs, privacy, freedom of expression and access to information. [ASC Leiden abstract]