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7th September 2009

The internet governance report for Uganda for the year 2009, is now available. It will feed into this week's internt governance meeting in Nairobi for the East African region.

View report highlights and emerging issues.

The objective of the meeting was to discuss in more detail Internet Governance (IG) issues that emerged from the online IG discussions that were held in May and April 2009.
The objectives of these discussions were to;
(1) Raise awareness in Uganda of the Internet Governances (IG) issues at the global stage;
(2) Review last year’s country positions on IG in light of new developments; and
(3) Build national consensus and new positions regarding IG issues.

This report will also feed into the 2009 EAIGF that takes place in Nairobi 7th-9th September 2009. The idea of the IGF is to popularise IGF issues and to stir up critical
regional issues, which are then elevated to the global Internet Governance Forum.

Issues emerging from the national IGF;
(1) Local content: There is no government investment in the creation of local content in the internet due to budget constraints
(2) IPv6 transition strategy: Lack of political will in developing an IPv6 transition strategy even if government recognizes the shortcomings of lacking one
(3) Management of .UG ccTLD: Government recognizes need for a change in the management of the .UG but awaits recommendations from the ICT fraternity.
(4) Cyber Security: Uganda’s cyber laws do not cover issues of privacy and security on the internet. Most of the proposed cyber bills lack checks and balances as well
as institutionalized measures for ensuring that ‘public’ interest is not used as a cover to abuse or invade privacy with impunity
(5) Gender and IG: Most of Uganda’s ICT policies are not gender sensitive.
(6) Broadband; the Ministry of ICT is working hard to connect to the submarine cable (SEACOM), this is being done by repairing some of the damaged/vandalized fibre cable in Jinja before embarking on the second phase of the NBI . As such, Uganda should have full broadband connectivity by December 2009

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