New research project: 
Digital-ID in Africa: identity, power and interests 
24th April 2024

This project will map current developments in Digital-ID across the continent as biometric identity systems, linked to citizens' banking and mobile phone accounts, are rolled out and become a precondition of access to services & entitlements. 

The first phase of the research will be a report that documents the drivers, dimensions, dynamics and directions of Digital-ID in ten Africa countries including examples from all of the continent's main regions and language groups. The research will document the impact of new identification and verification technologies on citizens' digital rights.

You can find more information and details of how to submit your expression of interest using this link.

Digital Disinformation in Africa: Hashtag Politics, Power & Propaganda
This book was published 18th April 2024

Our exciting new book documents and analyses digital disinformation campaigns that manipulate citizens' beliefs and behaviour and shrink the civic space for democratic debate and deliberation. Chapters include disinformation campaigns in ten African countries designed to foment ethnic division, distort elections, and mobilise misogyny online. 

This is the first collected edition by African scholars dedicated to  digital disinformation across the continent. 

It is the second book in our Digital Africa series and will be published by Zed Books on 18th April 2024. You can order a copy from the publisher by following this link: Digital Disinformation in Africa: hashtag politics, power and propaganda. 

The paperback and hardback versions of the book are available from online book retailers but this volume is also published open access meaning it is also available free to download from Bloomsbury Collections

Digital Disinformation in Africa is an ADRN production, 
edited by Dr. Tony Roberts and Dr. George Karekwaivanane. 

ADRN Digital Rights Reports


All of our reports are open access and free to download by following the links below

Digital Rights in Closing Civic Space: 
Our first landscape report documented positive examples of digital citizenship to open civic space online and negative practices of digital authoritarianism to close civic space online. 

Surveillance Law in Africa:  
This unique report analyses how privacy rights are guaranteed in African constitutions but violated with impunity and shows how focused surveillance can be balanced with citizen's rights. 

Mapping the Supply of Surveillance Technology to Africa: 
The first analysis across all Africa's regions of which companies from which countries are supplying which rights-violating technologies to African governments. 

Digital Africa Book Series

ADRN members are producing a six-book series of collected edition books on digital rights in Africa with Zed Books / Bloomsbury. Follow the links below to find out more and download.

In July 2023 we published the first book "Digital Citizenship in Africa" edited by Tanja Bosch and Tony Roberts.

In April 2024 we will launch the second book of the series documenting authoritarian practices, "Digital Disinformation in Africa: hashtag politics, power, and propaganda" (follow the link to pre-order a copy).

and "Digital Surveillance in Africa: power, agency and rights" will be also be published later in 2024. 

All the books feature chapters authored by experienced and emerging scholars from different countries across the African continent.

We are also working on a follow-up to our first book on digital citizenship in Africa called "Feminist Digital Citizenship in Africa" co-edited by Tanja Bosch and Tony Roberts.

Digital Rights Landscape Country Reports

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