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African debate on free Internet for Sustainable Development

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African debate on free Internet for Sustainable Development

In particular Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth, "acknowledges that ICT skills have already become a prerequisite for all forms of employment, and that ICTs are transforming traditional employment sectors such as farming, manufacturing and health”. On the point, author Nanjira Sambuli points out that the first deadline to verify the progress of Kenya National Broadband Strategy - which sets targeted minimum broadband speeds at 50Mbps for rural areas and 300Mbps for urban areas - is fast approaching. 
 
The article dives into the implications for human rights of a free internet, mentioning the FAST principles and the African Declaration of Internet Rights and Freedoms as  standards to follow. 
 
The piece concludes with a reminder that Kenya is, with South Africa, one of the only two African nations deemed to be enjoying a free internet, and a warning against the risks for Kenya to join the increasing number of African countries that resort to Internet shutdowns around national elections, announced in Kenya for the summer 2017.
 
 

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Elena Perotti

Date

2016-05-30 11:51

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