African Declaration On Internet Rights And Freedoms

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Infojustice.org writes: Last week, 23 civil society groups released the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms at the Internet Governance Forum, infojustice.org reports. The declaration is organized around twelve key principles, including Freedom of Expression and the Right to Information and Open Data.

Collective Rights Management Takes Root In Uganda

With an increase in the number of entrepreneur artisans in Uganda, a need to protect and benefit from the artisan works has emerged in the country. There is a growing trend in rights management, especially in the fields of musical works, film and art.

Microsoft Online Portal Aims At Increased Innovation, IPR Use In Africa

Microsoft, a strong advocate of intellectual property protection, has launched an online IP portal in Kenya with the aim of helping innovators better understand different means of protecting their software and reap the economic benefits of their innovations. The initiative is planned to spread to other African countries.

African Groups Seek To Modify “UPOV 91+” Draft Protocol

A group of African civil society institutions is calling for a revision of the draft protocol on plant variety protection of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation.

Infojustice: More Than 70 Organisations Demand Finalised South Africa IP Policy

Over 70 organisations globally have called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to urgently finalise South Africa’s National Intellectual Property (IP) Policy in an open letter delivered yesterday.

Small Farmers’ Rights Sidelined In Uganda’s Plant Breeding Regulation

In a country with over 35 million people, Uganda’s economy is based on agriculture. Over 80 percent of the country’s workforce is employed in the sector, contributing up to 23 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Panels Highlight Community Participation In Development Of Technologies

LAUSANNE – Community-driven innovation and technologies could be a solution for developing essential technologies to achieve sustainable development, according to a range of expert panels at a recent event. And in some cases, they already are.

African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) Joins UPOV

The Geneva-based Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) announced yesterday that the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) became its seventy-second member.

Industry Offers Lessons In Deployment Of Technology In Developing Countries

LAUSANNE – Using their own experiences, a panel of technology industry representatives last week identified factors that could accelerate technology flows to developing countries.

Sustainable Energy Supply Models Discussed At UNESCO Conference

LAUSANNE – Energy installation projects in developing countries are often not sustainable, and can lead to breakdown of technologies reliant on energy supply such as medical devices, said speakers at a conference on technologies for development last week. A sustainable model, productive use of energy and receiver participation and training are essential to ensure continued operation of energy supply infrastructure, they said.