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MOZFEST: DIGITAL RIGHTS MONOPOLY

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In early May, Digital Grassroots participated in Mozilla Sprint as participants of Mozilla Open Leaders (MOL) cohort 5. After the cohort ended, we continued as mentor and experts in MOL 6. One way we continued in the pathway Mozilla offered us as Open Leaders was applying for the Mozilla Festival (MOZFEST) that took place in London, UK.


Digital Rights Monopoly is a game that reflects core digital rights issues affecting youth in marginalized regions, and offers pathways to build a healthier internet in local communities. In applying for Mozfest, we were looking for ways to create an interactive platform to share the digital rights issues our Ambassadors were experiencing. These are featured in our 'Communique: Youth Resolutions on Internet Governance' and across the spaces on the Digital Rights Monopoly board.





Digital Rights Monopoly was created by Esther Mwema, Uffa Modey, and Noha Ashraf. Su Sonia Herring was part of our team as co-facilitator. The Layout Design was also don…

SOCIAL MEDIA TAX BY ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT

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The introduction of the tax on internet phone calls in Zambia was passed this August 2018 during a cabinet meeting held at State House. This move comes after a high increase in the number of users who prefer to make calls through their mobile based applications such as Whatsapp and Viber. The implementation of this tax law means that the citizens of Zambia will incur double taxation in their communication charges.

"The mobile airtime that Zambians purchase to use for talk time and internet bundles is taxed and therefore subjecting people to a second tax is not only unfair but disastrous to the economic lives of the already struggling citizens."
Digital Grassroots strongly condemns the move by the Zambian government to tax internet phone calls at 30 ngwee a day. This is a violation of the digital rights of the Zambian people and an infringement to their freedom of speech and expression.

"Many internet users in Zambia are the young people aged between 18- 30 who rely on …

STATE OF THE NET UGANDA

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The Ugandan Parliament passed the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill which is social media tax legislation that is will take effect on 1st July.



This means that social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp will be subject to a daily tax. There will be also be a levy on mobile money services.mobile phone subscriber using platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook 200 Ugandan shillings per day.

In the 2016 presidential election in Uganda the Ugandan authorities blocked access to social media sites such as Facebook, WhatsApp claiming that the sites would be used by the opposition to organize and mobilize people for protests. At this time mobile money services were also affected. Only about 5 million of around 42 million Ugandans have access to the banking sector leaving the rest to mobile money services.



The government claimed that it passed the legislation in order to raise revenue so as to offset the huge Ugandan national debt. Activists, lawyers and the peopl…

MOZILLA GLOBAL SPRINT HACKATHON

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MOZSPRINT: On May 10 and 11, 2018, Digital Grassroots participated in its first ever Hackathon through the Mozilla Open Leaders program. We had been prepared for the Mozilla Sprint since beginning the program in February and engaged in weekly webinars to learn building a roadmap, creating a canvas, building persona’s, including mentorships and meeting with experts in our respective field of Internet Governance. #Mozsprint summed up all 14 weeks of preparation and Digital Grassroots hosted our Mozilla Global Sprint in Nigeria, Kenya, and online.
The Nigerian hub for Mozilla Sprint was courtesy of American Corner in Lagos and hosted 38 participants on both days. In Kenya, we had 8 participants attend on the first day, and given that Digital Grassroots features young leaders from 9 countries, we were hacking away online on Github.
Mozilla Open Leaders was a game-changer for Digital Grassroots for many reasons. Straight out of the Internet Governance Forum at the United Nations of Geneva (U…

AruWSIG: Arusha Women School of Internet Governance

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Arusha, Tanzania: The first ever Arusha Women’s School of Internet Governance (AruWSIG) took place on the 27th and 28th of April 2018 at Arusha Accountancy Institute (AAI). The event was organized by Digital Grassroots Tanzania country coordinator, Rebecca Ryakitimbo. Digital Grassroots President, Esther Mwema, travelled from Zambia to host a session at the maiden event that hosted 90 youth participants in Arusha, Tanzania.
Ms. Ryakitimbo is co-founder of Techchix Tanzania which organized the event in conjunction with the Center for Youth Empowerment and Leadership (Kenya) with support from Internet Society Tanzania Chapter, ICANN, ICANNwiki, dotAfrica, SIGediathon, Localization Lab, and Digital Grassroots. The young participants hailed from Arusha Accountancy Institution, Makumira, and Arusha Technical. The success of the first Arusha Women School of Internet Governance followed our first ever Kenya Youth Convening on Internet Governance in Nairobi in the same month.




DAY ONEAruWSIG kic…

KENYA YOUTH CONVENING ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE (KYCIG)

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KENYA YOUTH CONVENING ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE (KYCIG)
Digital Grassroots in collaboration with the  Internet Society Kenya Chapter hosted the Kenya Convening on Internet Governance (KYCIG) on 14th April 2018 at NailabThe KYCIG was organized and coordinated by our very own Joy Wathagi Ndungu, who is the Vice President of Digital Grassroots. The Kenya Youth Convening on Internet Governance is a national, annual forum where youth engage in internet governance topics and join discussions with experts and their peers. Young people (18-25) year olds are first generation digital natives and yet when it comes to political discussions, most of them are not on the table. There is a need to change that. By educating young people on issues such as Internet Governance, privacy and security, and what it would take to connect the world, we are creating the next generation of Internet leaders. Objectives of the Kenya Youth Convening on Internet Governance are:-Build the capacity of young adults to part…

Meet the Mentors - DIGRA AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

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After three weeks of community engagement focused on Internet of Things, Local Content, and Local Policy discussions, our most competitive Ambassadors made it to the mentorship phase. Fifty DIGRA Ambassadors from every continent are being mentored by leaders in the Internet Governance space to prepare them for youth engagement in Internet Governance.

Digital Grassroots is honored by the dedication and volunteerism of the leaders collaborating with us to ensure our Ambassadors kickstart their youth engagement in Internet Governance. The 4 week mentorship phase will include topics on the role of youth in Internet Governance, identifying their stakeholder group, digital inclusion, networking in IG and shaping the future we want by contributing to a communique highlighting the needs of youth in local communities.

Meet our mentors, highlighted below in no particular order. Each of our mentors represent 9 different countries in 4 continents, collaborating via internet for capacity building …