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Thursday, 22 November, 2018
Quote of the week
"“Believing that we need to put people at the center of our decision-making and build an Internet where everyone’s voice counts, I encouraged the Internet community in Africa to continue to embrace diversity, inclusion, and equality in order to shape an Internet that best serves the billions of people who use it every day, now and into the future.” "
- Dawit Bekele- Regional Bureau Director for Africa
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Environment and Law, Internet, Secure And Inclusive
Increasing access, skills, and leadership of women and girls in ICT has enormous potential for improving their health and emancipating them through access to information, education and trade opportunities, strengthening not only families and communities, but also national economies and global society as a whole. Angelica Contreras
Creating a safer and trusted Internet MUST involve education building and awareness raising. This is one message that came up at the women’s event during the 2018 Africa Internet Summit held in Dakar.
“Education should target mothers who do not always believe that they can have an important role in the Internet world and who are the ones educating the future generation of women in tech. Also, we should educate developers of applications used on the Internet to consciously include safety by design, as well as governments to enact cyber laws that protect their citizens,” one of the participants stated during her presentation.
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South Africa’s environment law has a strange loophole. In theory, every activity that would harm the environment falls under the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) and the Acts linked to it. This allows the government to uphold everyone’s constitutionally guaranteed right to a healthy environment.
But mining is exempt because of a 2014 takeover by the mineral resources department of most environmental oversight for mining.
That department’s mandate is to expand mining to boost the economy. And such an exemption isn’t new; the power of mining is hardwired into the DNA of South Africa’s legal history. It is, after all, mining that created Johannesburg, drove the early economy, made billionaires and gave substance to the stock exchange.
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