The author works as the national coordinator of a young feminist group called Si Jeunesse Savait. Françoise is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and act as country partner of the APC's MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project.
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Freedom of expression: Where do we set the lines
The second African Internet Governance Forum started in Nairobi, Kenya just a day after a terrorist attack was launched on this African country. The media reported 24 hours a day from the site of the attack; Twitter hashtags were created to make sure messages related to the crisis were passed on to the masses; and Facebook ready-to-use pictures of support to Kenya were circulated. It was actually...
Women’s rights and threats to online freedom: reflections from the Freedom Online Conference 17 to 18 June 2013
From 17 to 18 June 2013 I took part in the conference on online freedom known as Freedom Online. This conference, carrying the same name of the coalition behind it, highlighted the continent in which it was hosted. In the midst of the international storm about surveillance and censorship, our specific focus was online freedom in Africa and the Arab world as Tunisia, like all of the Maghreb, has...
Seguridad en línea, seguridad fuera de línea
Mientras escribo estas líneas, acaba de llegar a su fin nuestra campaña en internet “Respeto en línea, respeto fuera de línea”, que por 16 días puso de relieve la violencia contra mujeres y niñas, siguiendo los lineamientos de la campaña ¡Dominemos la tecnología! que invita a mujeres y niñas a utilizar las TIC para denunciar la violencia. Pero me doy cuenta de que nuestra campaña se vio...
Security online, security offline
As I write, our online campaign: "respect online, respect offline" which, for 16 days, highlighted violence against women and girls in line with the campaign Take Back the Tech! inviting women and girls to use ICT to denounce violence, has just come to an end. But I realize that our campaign has been disrupted by the violence in my country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, even though it has not...
IPv6: are African net operators just talking to themselves?
IPv6 hour in Africa : experts are pushing everybody to go for it but is it really the time for it? a blogger taking part to teh discussion summarise the thoughts of pros and cons.
Challenging pornophobia and moral beliefs of Congolese media practitioners
Francoise Mukuku reports on the online discussion around ICT and violence against women organized by Genderlinks as part of the 16 Days of Activism: "As my organization Si Jeunesse Savait is implementing a 2-year project on the topic, I felt like it was really the place to be today...But let me tell you that the debate between most of the people I met online today was really far from meeting my...
Democratic Republic of Congo: Letter from the world capital of rape
Francoise Mukuku reports from the world march of women against sexual violence that took place in October 2010 in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Special Rapporteur of the United Nations has named the Democratic Republic of Congo the "rape capital of the world," with 15,000 women raped in DRC only during last year. In her blog, Francoise also shares how information and...
Africa and internet governance: going global or stay local?
The impact of internet governance on Africa was discussed on September 16th 2010, in Vilnius, Lithuania. There was fair representation of all stakeholders. Officials from South Africa, Kenya and Tunisia were there; a representative from an internet service provider; and various Africa bodies that follow the process, such as AFRINIC, ISOC Africa and CICEWA. And there were representatives from...
Why I took a long flight to Vilnius
Francoise examines the role that mass media play as the fourth estate or power in the world, and looks at how convergence and large media companies are threatening the positive achievements of the internet in helping to create diversity, freedom of expression and greater focus on human rights reporting.
El futuro de la privacidad: una cuestión de gobernanza de internet
A Françoise Mukuku, participante del FGI y colaboradora en el proyecto ODM3: ¡Dominemos la Tecnología! para erradicar la violencia hacia las mujeres, el futuro de la privacidad es uno de los temas que le golpea directamente. “¿La privacidad será diferente de lo que conocemos hoy en día dentro de diez años?” se pregunta en este texto de su autoría.