Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), in collaboration with UNESCO IFAP, the African Union Commission (AUC), Information Ethics Network for Africa (IEN4A), the International Centre for Information Ethics (ICIE) is conducting training of key actors on the Promotion of Knowledge Society Policy in National Information Policies in Eastern Africa by Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) with support from UNESCO.
Through these workshops, participants get a practical set of skills to deal with emerging information ethics (IE) challenges in the Information Era. An important aspect of today’s understanding of ethics concerns issues of individual and social responsibility regarding the impact of our choices considering the influence of science and technology. While information and communication technologies (ICTs) open doors to new technological and scientific possibilities, they also act as a catalyst to an unprecedented encounter with otherness, ensuring through digital mediums the en masse collision of hitherto closed ethical systems and cultural worldviews.
One of the most pressing ethical issues is the inequity of access to ICT between countries, and between urban and rural communities within countries. This is compounded in the ‘new-normal’ following in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, where the misuse and abuse of information proliferated media, social media platforms and the use and application of ICTs. These workshops aim to construct specific actions plans to promote intercultural and interdisciplinary practices of MIL and IE towards sensitizing participants on Internet and Youth Radicalization in Eastern Africa.