Create Africa is a meeting place for inventors, innovators and creatives to create and address intellectual property (IP) issues in Kenya with the help of IP professionals and business acumen from business mentors/ investors. The project has been funded by Pfizer.Inc.
Project output: An interactive website (forum) for investors and inventors.
Internet freedom concepts: A localized explainer pack.
This project entails conceptual and graphical modelling of digital rights concepts in order to make them more accessible in our society. The outputs consist of a booklet explaining digital rights concepts e.g. information controls, net neutrality, transparency etc. Explainer videos will also be developed and placed in a web repository. They will be licensed as open source, free for use by anyone and the artwork will be available for localization. This project is in collaboration with LUSH
African Scholars for Knowledge Justice (ASK Justice)
The African Scholars for Knowledge Justice (ASK Justice) Project seeks to contribute to positive policy change to increase access to medicines and access to knowledge. The project sets out to build a strong network of engaged faculty members at Southern and East African universities who through research, teaching and public voice from a human rights perspective influence current and future Intellectual Property law and policy reform processes in Africa.
ASK Justice believes that a better understanding of the under-explored interface of Human Rights, Intellectual Property and the Public Interest will lead to positive policy change, and integrating this understanding into mainstream teaching and research will make teaching and research in this area more sustainable. The project is carried out by participating faculty from Strathmore University as well as the University of Nairobi, Makerere University, University of KwaZulu-Natal and University of Cape Town.
The African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Private Data Processing.
The project involved tracking the legal and political processes in the drafting, adoption and ratification of the AU Convention on e-Commerce, Data Processing and Cybersecurity. We have shared our research and recommendations with the African Union Secretariat, Member States and relevant actors in the ICT ecosystem in Africa on how the Convention can balance between security and liberty.
National Security Practice and Internet Freedom in Eastern Africa
The project, a part of the Information Controls Fellowship program of the Open Technology Fund, sought to understand the role, if any, of National Security Agencies in limiting or promoting Internet Freedom in South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. It investigated the practices of security agencies in these countries from a conceptual construction of national security and the meaning this brings to what is legal or not.
Reframing Local Knowledge: ICTs, State-building, and Peacebuilding in Eastern Africa.
This project sought to bring greater clarity about the expectations and the realities of the use of communication technologies in developing contexts. It explored the use of ICTs in Eastern Africa at the macro level by examining how norms and practices in the field of ICT which have emerged internationally are adopted, resisted or reshaped at the local level and at the micro level, by exploring how the practices and policies promoted at the international and national level actually compare to the uses citizens make of ICTs.