The two-day workshop provided a platform for ICT players to discuss digital laws of Tanzania and Nigeria and learn from expertise on what should be improved for the betterment of the countries.
PIN’s coordinator Peter Mmbando said that the discussion also aimed to exchange knowledge and expertise on the digital policies and laws between two countries.
He noted that the expansion of Africa’s digital landscape means that the internet is fast becoming a human right and affects a lot more people.
“It is my plea to all internet users to ensure that they adhere to rules and laws laid by the country. But whenever there are laws reviews and changes, the public should come forward to provide their opinions,”
Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Rights programme manager Adeboye Adegoke said: “Our firm belief that so much is possible when citizens, civil society, and government work together in shaping the future, through policy interventions that support innovation and protect the people.”
“This discussion will enable participants to be well informed on digital policies, rules and regulations and thus be able to educate the public on internet rights. We recognise the ministry’s leadership roles in policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation, and regulatory and legal matters pertaining to communication, information and communications technology (ICT), science, technology, and innovation,” he noted.
According to Adegoke, PIN is a social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems and advocates for digital rights in order to improve the livelihoods of under-served young Africans.
“Our digital rights advocacy program is focused on the development of public policy for internet freedom in Africa, with offices in Abuja, Nigeria (covering the Anglophone West Africa region); Lome, Togo (Francophone West Africa); Yaoundé, Cameroon (Central Africa); Nairobi, Kenya (East Africa) and Lusaka, Zambia (Southern Africa),” he added.
The forum underscored the critical role of stakeholders and the government across the region in the formulation of Internet policies, regulation and legislation that are favorable and meant to transform communities.