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The On going 2nd African Internet Forum going on in Nairobi, Kenya, has brought up a lot of great thoughts into the issue of Internet and Human Rights.
Within the context of the Africa, its important, to note security can only be truly guaranteed if we have a good balance between rights and privacy in regards to security, whatever survillance or lack of access to the Internet or accessing certain content that happens or seem to happen this should be done within the Context of "Opening Up" with a constructive engaging process of multi stake holder process beginning in country especially for Africa and developing countries in general.
The presentation today morning as we end the African Internet Governance forum on
"Openness: Human rights, freedom of expression and free flow of information on the Internet, moderated by: Anriette Esturweysen, APC "
Shows just how African countries covering all stakeholders want to take the issues of Rights within the Internet, however we might differ, the important thing is to get all stakeholders in country to discuss agree to disagree within the context of opening up, at national level, civil society have not to shy away from engaging government, business, academia etc in a manner that is more consulative and productive, that will guide our African governments too to the need to be more open and inclusive in the overall IGF processes in country.
We should do a way with the statutory generic remark that some African governments might not be ready to be fully open, openess can only okay properly happen within the issue of Rights and the Internet if the field of openess in dealing with IG processes in country is made to be less confrontational but engaging, engaging must be done within the context and perculiar situations of the country some have historical reasons, hence Change has to of the country as the saying goes "Not All Caps fits All"
My hope is that if we get all actors in country to our national engagement process within the context of Rights and Privacy on the Internet the issues of security will be dealt well by the community as in the end, we all need security be it online or offline, but the process has to begin by inclusiveness from muncipal council level, to the village police station post, one way the message has to go out, hence the overall importance of engaging our governments because in the long run they have the access and ability to reach all.
Concluding I will say let's remember that the multi stake holder model for IG can only have success if all players are made to be involved and work towards the common good of our community, whatever the agenda of any stake holder the guiding rule should be what is the right thing for our community context to apply within rights and the internet, opening up is key, but within what context and parameters can we live to respect that ? Having an open internet does not mean we need to abuse our priveleges to that right, we have to make a fine balance.
The twitter feed for the African IGF is #AFIGF