Monthly Digest: July & August 2021

Daniel D. Odongo Sept. 3, 2021

Whether it's opinions on fostering digital human rights - or simply the valuable lessons learned along the way, here is the Digital Human Rights Lab's round-up of the last month's most interesting articles and stories.


Must-read Articles of the Month

Whether it's opinions on fostering digital human rights - or simply the valuable lessons learned along the way, here's a round-up of the past month's most interesting articles and stories.

Uganda establishes Data Protection watchdog

Uganda has set up its Personal Data Protection Office under the National Information Technology Authority.. Its mandate is to oversee the implementation and enforcement of Uganda's Data Protection and Privacy Act.

WhatsApp hit with €225M fine

Still related to Data Privacy and country watch dogs enforcing them, Ireland's privacy regulator has fined WhatsApp a record amount for breaking European Union data protection rules. It said the company had failed to give users transparency about how their data would be used.

Unseen Eyes, Unheard Stories

In case you missed it, Pollicy released a documentary titled “Unseen Eyes, Unheard Stories: Surveillance and Data Protection During Covid-19 in Kenya and Uganda ''. Produced in partnership with ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa and the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTAnet), this short documentary provides insights into the untold stories from Uganda of individuals’ lived experiences.

Community Updates

With so much going on it’s easy to lose track of what’s happening in the world of social impact. Stay informed and inspired with our handpicked content from the DHRLab Community.

#BeHeard campaign

Lindsey Kukunda shared her personal mental health journey in a three-part writing series. Follow along below:

Digital Safetea Game

In response to a need for digital safety training for African women, Pollicy and partners released an interactive fiction game that gives women the “tea” on online safety.

Digital Security Curriculum

The Defenders Protection Initiative (DPI) and Design without Borders (DwB) developed a unified and contextualized Digital Security Training Curriculum for Uganda Human Rights Defenders.

Podcast: Human Rights and the Digital by DHRLab

Human Rights and the Digital Podcast presents voices and perspectives of Human Rights defenders in Uganda, focusing on how technology is being used to the realization of Human Rights. This podcast is produced by the Digital Human Rights Lab.

Opportunities | Tips | Resources

Every month, we collate the very best opportunities, tips and resources for digital human rights practitioners in our community.

Teaching Fact Checking - Guide

Fact-checking becomes more and more important in world full of fake news, misleading information and half-truths. Yet we rely on the internet to connect and get informed! This guide provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to teach fact checking.

3rd Privacy Symposium

Our partner and community member, Unwanted Witness shall hold their 3rd Privacy Symposium Africa under the theme Data Protection A New Dawn In Africa, which will take place from 3-5th November. If you would like to present a research paper or join a panel, send your request to

FIFA Africa 2021

Register for the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2021 (#FIFAAfrica21), which will take place from Sept 28-30. Join to connect and hear from fellow Internet rights practitioners who are advancing digital rights through the use of new digital tools, research, advocacy & much more!

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