By Eric Ojo, Abuja
Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a non-profit social enterprise said it is currently working on a draft regulation that countries and states can adopt in response to Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic.
The organization which is primarily focused on deepening Digital Inclusion and Digital Rights in Africa, said its team is already working with partners in Nigeria and Kenya to fine-tune the proposed regulation.
PIN’s Digital Rights Programme Manager, Adeboye Adegoke disclosed this at the Virtual Press Conference on the organization’s planned activities for the second quarter of this year.
Adegoke noted that the cardinal role of his organisation in drafting the regulation is to ensure strict compliance with international human rights standards.
“Our role in these partnerships is to ensure these drafts conform to International human rights standards and that interventions by authorities in respective states or countries leverage digital opportunities to ease communication, learning and other interventions”, he said.
He added that PIN has been actively involved in monitoring and documenting cases of human and digital rights violations since the outset of the COVID19 pandemic.
“Through our Africa-wide and global community convened through the NetRights Africa coalition mailing list, we have been collating incidents of violations during the pandemic, and also offering support to community members”, he further explained.
He also disclosed that there is a functional Digital Rights Violation Reporting Platform that would allow people to report cases of digital rights violations.
This platform, according to him, will serve to collate cases of violations across the continent and it will allow us and our partners to coordinate best responses.
“Our goal is to ensure that no violation goes under the radar and also to create a safe space for citizens to report violations without fear and intimidation. We will continue to provide more information on this as the platform development continues”, he stressed.
Adegoke said PIN’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic is to move all its Digital Inclusion processes and activities online, working remotely, and leveraging on virtual tools to engage its audience (students).
“Working with youth from underserved communities at this time that the future of work is online can be challenging but we had to give it a positive response to ensure our target audience is not left behind.
“As an organization, we are aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on our own lives and those of millions of others. And more than ever, we recognize the importance that the Internet plays during this uncertain time, serving as a lifeline that enables children to continue learning, families and friends to stay connected, and vital public health information to keep circulating”, he added.
He further observed that access to the Internet and its solutions can create healthier and safer communities, reduce vulnerabilities, and help build the resilience communities need to navigate this pandemic and emerge better prepared in the future.
The manager also announced that PIN will premiere a short movie on its 2019 Digital Rights in Africa Report which was released in March this year, adding that the event will come up in May to showcase the report in a different way to resonate with a larger audience.
“This will help translate the technical jargon into easy-to-digest information for various audiences that can then use the research output as advocacy input, in order to improve Africa’s digital rights landscape. The movie is now in the final post-production stage and a trailer will be released next week”, he further disclosed.
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