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Spotlight on African Contributions to Internet Governance Discussions Part 1: NetMundial

Author: Ephraim Percy Kenyanito, Access, Published on: 14 April 2014

NetMundial had an open submission process that allowed for all stakeholders to submit contributions on both internet governance principles and a roadmap for reform. Over 180 submissions were received, with a total of 19 coming from Africa...It is important to note that in Africa there was only 1 government submission (Tunisia) to NetMundial...With regards to human rights, submissions from civil society tend to place a strong emphasis on human rights and state that it is the government’s role to ensure the protection of users’ rights online, pointing to specific international standards that ought to be adhered to. Several submissions included an emphasis on affordable access and similar language on security, stability and resiliency of the Internet.

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