Side Dish Regulation: Catching up with Regulation of Internet outside the mainstream

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Side Dish Regulation: Catching up with Regulation of Internet outside the mainstream
Presenter(s) Grace Mutung'u Grace Githaiga, Arthur Gwagwa, Gbenga Sesan, Lillian Nalwoga, Ellery Biddle
Title(s) Convenor, Researcher, Executive Director
Organization(s) KICTANet,Berkman Klein Center, CIPIT at Strathmore University, PIN Nigeria, CIPESA, Global Voices
Project(s)
Country(ies) Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Uganda
Social media @KICTANet, @ParadigmHQ
2017 theme Policy & Advocacy

ICTs are cross-cutting and are increasingly affecting many sectors for instance culture, agriculture, trade and finance. This is a positive thing. However, it also means that there is an increase of laws/policies on ICT made outside of ICT, which we are referring to as "side dish regulation". This is becoming commonplace in Africa. For instance, policies or laws affecting ISPs are made under culture. Laws affecting content under trade. This workshop wants to find out how digital rights activists are dealing with this problem. What are some tips for protecting digital rights during the making of such laws? How do ICT civil society actors penetrate spaces they do not usually practice in? What are some successes and lessons from the past in dealing with side dish regulation?

Session will take place on Wednesday 8th from 5.00pm to 6.00pm in the theatre.

Format Workshop; all participants may give their experiences with side dish regulation
Target Groups Policy Advocates; Rights Activists; CSOs
Length 60 mins
Skill Level Any level from novice to expert
Language English with African language phrases


Session Outputs

Side dish regulation trends noted in Africa: a) Cut and paste laws from “model” laws or from other jurisdictions without adaptation to local situation;

b) Capacity among law makers;

c) Expedited laws with massive effects;

d) Greater push towards national security laws;

e) A dangerous trend to pass quick legislation that amends sections of the law that promote laws;

f) Regulators who are either not independent or do not act independent;

g) Abuse of delegated law making authority where executive makes mini laws that infringe on human rights;

h) Resurrection of archaic laws to stifle plurality and other benefits of the Internet.


Some strategies

a) Bigger picture- let us learn to design interventions/tools to assist not only to respond to side dish regulation but that promote digital rights as a whole;

b) New narratives;

c) Collaboration;

d) Engagement in the full cycle of policy making as opposed to parts of the process;

e) Use of reports on state of ICT for advocacy;

f) More predictive advocacy;

g) Social investment in relationships for meaningful advocacy



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