Reflections from IGF2022: The opportunity for Africa

See #IGF2022 reflections on Digital Reflections Last week, I attended the Internet Governance Forum (IGF2022). By the end of it, I have had several reflections about what the opportunities there are for Africa. These are the conversations that I am really hoping to have and hear about on the continent in the coming year. I …

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The barriers to citizen engagement

The Open Institute works in two main ways as regards government – citizen relations. First, we promote proactive government transparency and second, we work with citizen groups and CSOs to foster active citizenship.  Government transparency has in the past decade been achieved, to some level of success, by implementing ideas such as building open data platforms, and …

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Data Governance: We must be careful how data is used in fighting COVID

Originally published in the Standard, April 3, 2020 Times of crisis require difficult trade-offs between competing public interests. On one hand for example, the government has announced a curfew as a means to working to halt the spread the COVID-19 virus, and on the other, there are challenges with contraventions of constitutional freedoms like the …

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Imagine the future

Imagine this: you wake up in the morning and go brush your teeth. As you do, you are scrolling through the latest news in social media and news. You sit to take your morning pee and your loo analyses it to note that you have a early UTI and alerts your doctor, who based on …

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Citizen Generated Data vs. Official Statistics

Should Citizen Generated Data be official? If not, does it make it any less essential? There is a tension that has existed in the past few years about the co-existence of official statistics on the one hand and citizen generated data on the other. The development community continues to grapple with the “official-ness” (and therefore …

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