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Digital rights violation, Ripoti makes a debut - ITREALMS

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RIPOTI, a groundbreaking new platform for the protection of the digital rights of all African citizens, has made a debut, reports 
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Ripoti was launched by Paradigm Initiative, during the closing session of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum 2021.


ITREALMS gathered that Ripoti, the first of its kind on the continent allows citizens across Africa to report violations of their digital rights, then connects them with experts who can help them seek justice.

“Digital rights are just as fundamental as all other human rights,” said ‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative.

“We have seen a worrying increase in digital rights violations across Africa. Until now, citizens have had no easy way to protect their rights by tracking and reporting these violations. Ripoti empowers them to do that.”

The digital world has become a critical space for economic activity, access to emergency services, and the exercise of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. But there are growing instances of cyber bullying, online gender violence, internet censorship, or the illegal use or accessing of an internet user’s information, a trend emboldened by health surveillance during the pandemic.

With the Covid-19 pandemic pushing many more people online, many of the vices and violations that used to exist only offline have now started to crop up in the digital space, including violence against women, the illegal use of user information, the violation of e consumer rights, and more. More information can be found in LONDA – Digital Rights and Inclusion in Africa Report 2020 launched by Paradigm Initiative.

“For many years, Paradigm Initiative has actively documented cases of digital rights violations and offered litigation support to victims,” said Boye Adegoke, Senior program manager at Paradigm Initiative. 

“Eventually, we started to get overwhelmed by the number of violations we had to monitor. It became clear that we needed to create a communal, strategic, and systemic response to these many incidents of digital rights violations. RIPOTI is the answer, and we’re excited to share it with people across Africa.”

Nenye Dom/Editor

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