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Friday, May 18 • 09:00 - 10:15
Litigating Internet Shutdowns in Africa: Identifying Blurred Lines and Roadmaps

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This panel discussion will address the proliferation of instances where states have blocked or partially restricted access to the internet, and civil society strategies to challenge internet shutdowns using litigation before domestic and regional courts.

In 2017 the number of internet shutdowns imposed across a number of jurisdictions has increased. Their impact can be measured in terms of economic loss to the states involved, as well the curtailment of freedom of expression, access to information and the right to assembly. Furthermore, shutdowns have an indirect effect on free and fair elections, and the exercise of socio-economic rights including the rights to healthcare and education.

Drawing on PIN's and MLDI’s knowledge of and involvement in recent and on-going litigation concerning internet shutdowns, the proposed session will reflect on these legal challenges to shutdowns. It will look at the growing internet rights jurisprudence, and consider strategies for utilising this jurisprudence as part of a range of instruments available to challenge shutdowns at local, regional, and international level.

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Adeboye Adegoke

Senior Manager, Paradigm Initiative
Adeboye is a leading civil society voice in the Internet Governance space in Africa and a provenproject manager. He has background studies in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and a MastersDegree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria. A legislativeengagement... Read More →


Padraig Hughes

Legal Director, Media Legal Defence Initiative
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Peter Micek

General Counsel, Access Now

Friday May 18, 2018 09:00 - 10:15 EDT