Hivos East Africa

East Africa

Freedom of Expression

A blog could soon be a source of misery to many people in Tanzania. Oxforddictionaries.com defines a blog as a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or a small group.  It contains a writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations and opinions. Through this content, the blogger interacts with a wide range of people sharing ideas, opinions and even rallying people to causes they hold dear. It is a platform where people express themselves.

Last week, I spent time in spaces that I really liked. Mainly because we were discussing issues that are very dear to me but also getting to interact with some of the most inspiring people within the human rights movement globally.

I was part of an inspiring half-day session named 100 Days of Learning, organised by the Age of Wonderland program on Valentine’s Day. An initiative to foster social innovation by facilitating co-creation between creatives in Africa, Latin America and Asia and the Netherlands.

The city of Valencia hosted the 3rd Internet Freedom Festival from 5-10  March 2017. The festival brought together a diverse group of over 1200 people from 114 countries to discuss issues related to privacy, anonymity, access to information and policy and advocacy for Internet freedom.  Internet Freedom in Africa was widely discussed with the issues of privacy, repressive regulations, Internet shutdowns, and user awareness on rights and government surveillance.