The African Union has prepared a final draft of the AU Convention on the Establishment of a Credible Legal Framework for Cyber Security in Africa ("the AUCC"). The AUCC is scheduled for final passage at an AU meeting in January 2014. We implore you to support our movement opposing passage of the AUCC in its current form.
After extensive discussions with various stakeholders from industry, academia, and NGOs, we have identified numerous provisions in the AUCC that, if passed by the AU, will have substantial negative effects on online economies and social cultures across Africa. A few of the more egregious examples are:
We are calling for the AU to stop the ratification process of the AUCC, and to begin a transparent and public effort to revise the AUCC (or cancel it altogether) based on input from the private sector and civil society stakeholders.
In Kenya and in Africa, we are calling for a Parliamentary debate over the merits of the AUCC and whether AU member states should support passage of this ill-advised treaty. At a very minimum, cyber security experts and a wide selection of industry and non-government stakeholders should be given a chance to vet the AUCC. The process should be transparent and public.
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