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Rudi Education Back to School 2020-2021

Born to Thrive!

Have you ever been amazed by the things kids know and how quickly they learn new things? Children were created to learn and they each have incredible potential. Given access to the right tools, children of any age, location, or family of origin will flourish. At Rudi, we believe all children deserve access to an education where they can learn, reach their full potential, and ultimately have a positive impact on their family and community. Unfortunately, many families in the DRC are unable to financially send their children to school. Would you consider sponsoring a student, or more, this year to help them reach their potential? For every $205, you will be providing tuition, school supplies, and a uniform to a child in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo for the entire school year. (Take me directly to the donation page: Select Rudi International School Sponsorship as the “Purpose”). The minimum need this year is to raise $18,500. We have till mid-October to reach this goal. Please spread the word in your network!

At Rudi, we believe all kids deserve an education to reach their full potential. Sadly, many in the DRC can’t afford school. You can send a child to school for $205 this year! https://rudiinternational.org/2020/09/15/rudi-education-back-to-school-2020-2021/

How To Donate – Choose the Purpose Rudi International School Sponsorship

You can donate directly on Love More Foundation’s platform here: https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/LoveMoreFoundation/general. Once you get to that page, please make sure you choose Rudi International School Sponsorship as the “purpose” of your donation.

On the donation page, please make sure you select Rudi International School Sponsorship as the “Purpose” of your one time or recurring gift.

You can also give by check made out to Love More Foundation, Inc with preference for Rudi International School Sponsorship or directly through the PayPal button our website. Many thanks to each of you have been part of our journey throughout the years. May the Lord God we serve reward you manifold!

Stay Informed About Rudi

Please address any questions to us via our Contact Us page, our Facebook.com/RudiEducation page or via our Facebook.com/RudiInternational page. Among our other programs, through the Rudi Education program, Rudi International is committed to improving the availability of education in one of the most war torn areas of the world. When you sponsor you provide tuition, uniform, school supplies, program costs, field trips, and after school activities throughout the year.

Our partner organization Love More Foundation is “Serving the poor of women and Children in developing countries currently primarily the DRC.” Find more information about them here: Love More Foundation Inc.

Quick Update:

As of today, October 19, we have not yet reached our fundraising goal in order to send all 90 children to school.

  1. Please let us know if you plan on sponsoring even further along in the school year.
  2. Please help us by telling your family and friends to see if anyone else can help by donating any amount.
  3. Please let us know if you have any questions we can answer.

Finally, please note that, if it is important that you receive a tax receipt (USA only) for the donation you make, please donate via the link to Love More Foundation or a check to Love More with preference for Rudi International. We are currently unable to deliver tax receipts for donations via our PayPal account.

Rudi International se joint à d’autres voix pour dire non à la taxe sur les téléphones mobiles en RDC

Goma, le 18 Septembre 2020 (Mis a jour le 28 Septembre 2020)

Rudi International joint sa voix à celle d’autres organisations qui se sont exprimées au sujet de la taxe sur les téléphones mobiles en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) prévue de prendre effet le 24 Septembre 2020.

“Ce décret vient ainsi ajouter une 6e taxe bénéficiant l’ARPTC, sur les 5 autres qu’elle prélève déjà sur les opérateurs de son secteur. Il s’agit d’une taxe sur le Certification des appareils mobiles, dont le fait générateur est l’« enregistrement annuel automatique de l’appareil mobile au Registre Central de la base de données des IMEI ou CEIR ». Le taux de ladite taxe sera fixé selon le type d’appareil mobile, à raison de 1 USD pour les téléphones 2G, 7 USD pour les appareils mobiles 3G, 4G ou plus, ainsi que tous les autres appareils mobiles dotés d’une technologie future. Le prélèvement sera ainsi effectué sur le débiteur, en l’occurrence l’utilisateur du téléphone enregistré dans la base des données du service, via un opérateur de télécommunication fournisseur de service au détenteur de l’appareil concerné. », comme l’on peut lire dans notre Déclaration.

Cette taxe pour constituer le RAM vise, selon la communication du Ministère des PTNTIC, à lutter contre l’utilisation des téléphones contrefaits, lutter contre le vol des téléphones, le kidnapping, éliminer la vente sur le marché des téléphones volés et/ou contrefaits, etc.

Rudi International, en tant qu’organisation qui, entre autres, défend la cause des utilisateurs des télécommunications et de l’Internet en RDC voudrait, au travers de cette déclaration présenter à l’opinion nationale et internationale son analyse qui démontre pourquoi cette taxe devrait être suspendue.

Parmi les raisons présentées dans notre Déclaration, nous pouvons retenir celles-ci :

  • L’inopportunité de cette taxe en une période où la population est frappée économiquement par les effets liés à la Covid-19 ;
  • A la place de fournir des efforts pour renforcer le taux de pénétration de la téléphonie mobile dans le pays, cette taxe n’aura qu’un effet inverse car les téléphones deviendront beaucoup plus chers sur le marché ;
  • Les informations rendues publique par le Ministère au sujet de la pertinence de cette taxe ne sont pas convaincantes car l’on ne sait pas savoir à quoi exactement les revenus collectés vont servir, ni la teneur des accords avec l’entreprise étrangère désignée pour effectuer ces opérations d’enregistrement.

“Nous considérons ainsi que l’imposition d’une nouvelle taxe sur l’utilisateur de l’appareil mobile n’aura d’autre incidence que de réduire sensiblement l’adoption de la téléphonie mobile et ainsi ramener le taux de pénétration de l’Internet au plus bas dans notre pays. Cela va ainsi à l’encontre de la vision du Chef de l’État exprimée au travers le Plan National Numérique horizon 2025 où il dit vouloir Faire du numérique congolais un levier d’intégration, de bonne gouvernance, de croissance économique et de progrès social ”, comme cela est dit dans notre Déclaration.

Nous prenons également l’opportunité de présenter quelques recommandations au gouvernement congolais :

  • Annuler tout simplement la mise en place de cette taxe et profiter des possibilités visiblement disponibles qui puissent permettre de réaliser les mêmes objectifs, sans une incidence financière sur les utilisateurs finaux ;
  • De renforcer les entreprises publiques, à l’instar de l’OCC, qui sont responsables de la vérification de tout produit qui entre sur le territoire congolais afin qu’elles soient en mesure de traquer tout appareil contrefait et empêcher leur entrée sur le territoire national.

Si la taxe doit toujours être considérée suite à certains de ses bienfaits sur le secteur, Rudi International recommande aux acteurs impliqués de repousser la date de sa mise en vigueur afin de :

  • Prendre le temps nécessaire pour mieux étoffer le concept et donner des projections financières réalistes qui permettront de montrer en quoi la population va bénéficier des revenus générés ;
  • Il est aussi important de dire clairement si cette taxe sera collectée indéfiniment ou bien elle est circonscrite sur une période spécifique. La dernière option est la plus plausible d’autant plus que l’enregistrement de l’IMEI d’un portable ne se fera qu’une seule fois ;
  • Faire une bonne communication autour du projet afin que la population en comprenne les bienfaits.

Rudi International voudrait remettre la Déclaration en mains propres auprès des autorités concernées avant de la mettre à la disposition du public dans les jours à venir et ce avant la mise en vigueur de ladite taxe.

Nous espérons que l’analyse telle que présentée dans notre Déclaration ainsi que les recommandations formulées pourront rencontrer la bonne volonté de notre gouvernement, au travers le Ministre des PTNTIC, son Excellence Kibassa Maliba, et ainsi y réagir de manière positive, en bon père de famille.

Notre Déclaration

Elle est maintenant accessible VIA CE LIEN

Elle a été remise au bureau de la Présidente de l’Assemblée Nationale, à quelques députés clé que nous avons pu rencontrer et bien sûr, au bureau du Ministre des PTNTIC.

De gauche a droite, Mr. Arsene Tungali (Directeur Executif, Rudi International) et Mr. Séraphin Umba (Directeur de Cabinet du Ministre des PTNTIC)

Nous avons fait notre part en espérant que les autres acteurs nous rejoignent.

DRC: How do we involve MPs in our digital rights work?

This has been a question we have been asking ourselves at Rudi International, a question that is highly relevant for other digital rights advocates as well. In the context of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), we have found it useful to have members of parliament (MPs) kept abreast of conversations on digital rights and to recruit them as strategic allies.

Our strategy has mainly been to keep the MPs informed on developments in the digital rights ecosystem on a local, national and international level and to attract their interest on these matters with the hope of counting them as strong allies and advocates.

In the DRC as in other countries, MPs are the ones passing laws and regulations and they also monitor the work of the government, its actions, or inactions. Advocacy, which is an important part of our work, is primarily influencing decision-making processes in the country and MPs can play an important role in a country with few ICT related legislations.

In late 2019, we were able to get an MP invited to attend some digital rights events to help him enrich his own perspectives, question some of his views, and understand why digital rights matter. With time, we have seen some positive outcomes and our hope is that our experience can serve other digital advocates across Africa.

Mr. Safari Ayobangira is a telecommunications engineer who has been elected twice to the DRC Parliament, making him a valuable ally. Before he joined Parliament, he worked as a manager for a telecommunications company in East Africa. He reached out to us, showed interest in the work we are doing in digital rights, and wanted to learn more about how he can support our vision.

MPs need to be in touch with the community in order to understand the issues, receive inputs, and then work with community experts to channel their issues in Parliament. The beauty of the process is they will have this count as their parliamentarian action. That’s the only way for them to become more popular and show citizens they are active enough to earn their vote next time.

By engaging with these MPs, they help us with our advocacy work and we help them by providing data on real issues they can stand for in parliament. Our research work often benefits from their perspectives and inputs, as they use our findings to inform their parliamentarian activities.

Together at FIFAfrica 2019 in Addis Ababa

Hon. Safari speaking at FIFAfrica 2019. Picture: Arsene Tungali

In September 2019, we got the Honorable Safari invited to CIPESA’s Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was important for us to give him the opportunity to attend an important international meeting on African issues and have him engage in conversations to learn about the way other countries deal with issues of Internet freedom in their own context. On the sidelines of the forum, we introduced him to relevant stakeholders attending the event and gave him the opportunity to sharpen his own arguments on the relevance of digital rights debates.

During the coffee break. From left to right: Blaise, Hon. Safari and Arsene

Rudi International was represented at the event by our Executive Director, Arsene Tungali and our ICT Programs Manager, Blaise Ndola whose participation was funded through APC’s METF program.

Attending HakiConf 2019 in Goma

A month later in November, we invited the Honorable Safari to our annual Conference on Human Rights in the Digital Age in the DRC (HakiConf 2019) that took place in Goma. He traveled from Kinshasa and sat on the panel titled “Access, Quality, Interruption of (tele)communication services in the DRC: Between government action and user’s inaction“. It was a good opportunity for him to share his perspectives on the topic and be challenged by the views of other panelists and questions from the audience. HakiConf is proud to count APC among its financial supporters since the first HakiConf in 2018.

At the IGF 2019 in Berlin

Hon. Ayobangira during his panel at the IGF 2019. Photo: Arsene Tungali

Also in November, with help from Rudi International, Honorable Safari was invited to the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2019) in Berlin. Arsene Tungali is a member of the IGF MAG and he suggested the Honorable Safari’s participation alongside other MPs from around the world. This was yet another opportunity for the Honorable Safari to attend a global event, to face different rhetoric, and sharpen his own arguments on these processes. He was invited to sit on a high-level panel on “Governance Challenges in the Digital Age: Finding New Tools for Policy-Making” and took part in the other activities hosted by the German parliament, for MPs attending the IGF.

Back in the country

Since then, we have seen other MPs advocating for issues related to access to the Internet in the DRC as more and more citizens are publicly denouncing any kind of violation against their right to access the Internet and other telecoms services. The most recent example is when Airtel DRC, the second-largest telecommunications operator by the number of subscribers, increased the cost of 1Gb of data from USD 1 to USD 1,5, however, Airtel was encouraging its clients to access it for USD 1 through its mobile app instead. Citizens protested this change, as many were wondering how people could download the app if they are not yet connected.

Hon. Josue Mufula, speaking in Parliament. Picture: DRC Parliament

In the middle of this appraisal, on July 7, 2020, the Honorable Josue Mufula also stood on the side of citizens by asking that the ICT Minister and the telecoms Regulator, through a letter, provide explanations.

Back in June 2018, Rudi held a workshop to produce recommendations to the DRC Senate on the draft Telecoms and ICT law. The Honorable Josue Mufula helped us submit our advocacy document to the Senate’s Infrastructure Committee in Kinshasa. At that time, he was not an MP but was a strong supporter of our work. Now that he sits in Parliament, we look forward to more collaboration with him and other members of parliament.

We believe good collaboration between digital rights advocates and policy makers is beneficial for both parties and should be considered as a viable option in other African countries.

RDC : Comment faire respecter les droits et libertés sur Internet pendant la Covid-19 ?

Read this press release in English.

Communiqué de presse sur la publication de la Lettre d’Opinion sur « la Nécessitée du respect des droits et libertés sur Internet en période de la pandémie de la Covid19 en République Démocratique du Congo » par Rudi International, Juin 2020.

Cette lettre d’opinion se veut d’éclairer la lanterne des différentes parties prenantes impliquées dans la gouvernance de l’Internet à tous les niveaux sur les actions à entreprendre pour ne pas violer les droits et libertés sur internet des uns et des autres tels que consacrés dans notre arsenal juridique, mais également les instruments internationaux.

Téléchargez Lettre d’Opinion Covid19 (PDF, 299KB, 14 Pages), Op’ed on Covidid19 English

Résumé

Ayant plus de 5 000 patients confirmés, la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) est l’un des pays avec le plus de cas du nouveau Coronavirus, Covid-19, en Afrique centrale. La majorité de ces cas se trouvent dans la capitale Kinshasa. Dix autres provinces sont touchées.

Pour prévenir la propagation du virus, l’organisation mondiale de la santé et le gouvernement Congolais ont mis en place un certain nombre de mesures comme la fermeture des frontières, l’isolement des villes affectées du reste du pays, le port obligatoire des masques dans les espaces publiques, etc.

Mettre en œuvre ces mesures augmente le risque potentiel des violations des droits humains fondamentaux, y compris les droits et libertés sur internet.

Pourtant, la recommandation aux citoyens de respecter la distanciation sociale en ne sortant que pour des courses essentielles implique que beaucoup de personnes se tournent vers internet et les services des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) pour travailler et interagir avec leurs proches. Les différentes composantes de la riposte utilisent aussi ces mêmes ressources pour mener à bien la lutte contre ce virus mortel.

Il est, donc, de l’intérêt de tout le monde que des actions entreprises en cette période tragique soient éclairées et basées sur des principes universels comme la Déclaration Africaine des droits et libertés de l’internet (La Déclaration).

Téléchargez Lettre d’Opinion Covid19 (PDF, 299KB, 14 Pages), Op’ed on Covidid19 English

Se basant sur son expérience de plus de 5 ans dans divers domaines liés aux technologies, Rudi International a produit une analyse suivie d’une série de recommandations adressées aux différentes parties prenantes sur l’accès et l’accessibilité à internet, la liberté d’expression, le droit à l’information, la vie privée et protection des données à caractère personnel, quatre (4) des treize (13) principes de la Déclaration. Ces recommandations vont dans le même sens que celles de la Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme, Michelle Bachelet, et le Rapporteur spécial de l’ONU sur la liberté d’expression, David Kaye.

« Il est important que chacun joue pleinement son rôle afin qu’ensemble, nous puissions jouir des facilités que nous offre l’Internet. Cela passera par le respect des libertés qui sont garanties par différents instruments juridiques et légaux en RDC, au niveau de la sous-région ainsi qu’au niveau international. Rudi International et ses collaborateurs pensent que l’état d’urgence sanitaire ainsi que les mesures édictées en cette période ne devraient justifier une quelconque violation des droit numériques des congolais », a dit Arsène Tungali, Directeur Exécutif de Rudi International dans le cadre du lancement de cette lettre d’opinion.

Pour faciliter l’accès à internet, Rudi International recommande au gouvernement de penser, entre autres, à un approvisionnement équitable en électricité, de renoncer à recourir à la censure et à la surveillance de ceux qui font des critiques constructives sur la gestion de la riposte. Quant aux utilisateurs des TIC, eux doivent se constituer en association des consommateurs et dénoncer par des voies légales tout disfonctionnement qui tend à les empêcher à accéder aux services des TIC. Ceux-ci, de manière individuelle, devront également adopter un comportement responsable qui ne nuit pas à la capacité des autres de jouir pleinement des facilités que nous offrent les technologies en cette période.

Il est aussi recommandé au gouvernement d’allouer un budget considérable à la cyber sécurité pour garantir la protection des données liées à la vie privée des patients Covid-19, personnes contacts et du personnel soignant. Les organisations de la société civile et les forces vives doivent mettre en place ou appuyer des programmes d’éducation civique pour apprendre à la population comment détecter, vérifier et contrecarrer les rumeurs ainsi que les informations erronées sur la COVID-19.

En tant que membre de la Coalition sur la Déclaration Africaine sur les droits et libertés de l’Internet (Afdec), Rudi International a bénéficié de l’appui de celle-ci pour réaliser ce travail. La Coalition compte plus de 50 organisations membres comprenant des organisations de la société civile et des organismes de défense des droits de l’homme sur le continent.

« Au travers de la subvention sur la réponse rapide de la Coalition, Rudi International a choisi de se concentrer et d’analyser quelques principes de la Déclaration qui sont pertinents dans le contexte de la COVID19 en RDC. La recherche et la surveillance faisant partie intégrante de nos stratégies clés, nous sommes fiers de ce travail produit pour la RDC et espérons que celui-ci contribuera à la promotion des droits de l’homme et les libertés sur Internet en cette periode », a déclaré la Coordonnatrice de la Coalition, Koliwe Majama.

Cette lettre d’opinion propose des recommandations pratiques qui, une fois respectées, peuvent contribuer à garantir une société Congolaise équilibrée où chacun joue son rôle et où la population ainsi que les décideurs utilisent, promeuvent les TIC pour le bien de tous.

« Notre analyse ainsi que les recommandations formulées pour chaque principe développé s’adressent aux différentes parties prenantes impliquées dans la gouvernance de l’Internet dont le gouvernement (l’État congolais), le Régulateur (l’ARPTC), les entreprises privées (principalement les télécoms) ainsi que les utilisateurs finaux (dont la société civile) », a déclaré Blaise Ndola, Coordonnateur des Programmes TIC au sein de Rudi International.

Sans prétendre avoir épuisé toutes les recommandations possibles, Rudi International et ses partenaires restent ouverts à toute possibilité de collaboration pour une recherche approfondie sur le sujet ou la mise en œuvre de certaines de ces recommandations.

Téléchargez Lettre d’Opinion Covid19 (PDF, 299KB, 14 Pages), Op’ed on Covidid19 English

Pour des questions et demandes d’interviews, contactez :

Mr. Arsène Tungali, Directeur Exécutif de Rudi International

Email : info@rudiinternational.org | www.rudiinternational.org | +243 993810967 | Goma, République Démocratique du Congo

A propos de Rudi International : Une organisation de droit Congolais basée à Goma, œuvrant, entre autres, à l’intersection des technologies et des droits de l’homme. Depuis près de 5 ans, elle a travaillé aux côtés des acteurs de la communauté congolaise incluant les avocats, les parlementaires, les défenseurs des droits de l’homme, les journalistes, les étudiants au travers des programmes se focalisant sur la recherche, la formation et le plaidoyer sur les thématiques de droit numérique.

Update: Ce que la presse en dit:

Tech for Public Good: Should Public worry for personal data and privacy implications with the deployment of digital surveillance cutting edge Cameras around Kigali ?

A Guest Post by Leonce Muvunyi & Louis Gitinywa

Starting from May of 2019, the government of Rwanda has embarked on putting up the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras all around the main roads of the city of Kigali.  According to Wikipedia, a closed-circuit television(CCTV) is also known as video surveillance is a type of camera network system that enables surveillance by transmitting its signals only to the screens that are directly connected to it. The State institutions like Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA) and Rwanda National Police in charge of implementing this policy claim that use of CCTVs will significantly boost security efforts by establishing a robust mechanism of deterring, preventing and detecting crime. And therefore they have started enforcing their utilization in line with ensuring road traffic safety.

However, there are some concerns about the process of collection, handling and sharing of personal data and risks of illegal surveillance through the use of CCTVs continue to divide the public opinion as the government embarks on tapping into ICT solutions to ensuring public security.

According to the Inspector General of Police Dan Munyuza, the enforcement of cameras networks across the country, which is anchored into the special presidential directives,  is  in line with ensuring the general public security;

They are well advanced to the extent they don’t only capture the traffic speed, there those which monitor the violations of road traffic regulations, and there those that could run number plate recognition of vehicles, and we can see them from the commanding post here at the police headquarters,” said IGP Munyuza, during a recent  interaction session with the media.

Apart from the CCTV Networks in Kigali city, the government has started enforcing the “traffic radars” on the highways connecting capital city Kigali with neighboring countries since earlier in May this year, which will be over hundreds of traffic radars devices installed.

These include Kigali- Kagitumba as you connect to the Kagitumba border with Uganda, Kigali- Rusumo on your way to Tanzania, Kigali-Nyamata-Nemba connecting with Burundi, Kigali-Muhanga-Huye- Rusizi going in the south-west border with Democratic Republic of Congo and Kigali-Musanze as you connect with DR Congo in the north-west.

In addition, the government has adopted a new policy along with a number of measures; the use of technology that would significantly improve road safety and security of its users. Government officials emphasize that all these measures add up on the Law Governing Information and Communication Technologies of 2018, which provides for prevention and punishment against cybercrime offenses.

We are going to roll out the installation of the radar countrywide with much emphasis made on the accident spots. Some of them will be static whereas others will be mobile and placed on a certain area for a different purpose,” Munyuza revealed that, a survey that had been carried out on the roads had indicated several places, and it had suggested where all these cameras would be installed.

According to the head of Rwanda national Police IGP Munyuza, which is now under the docket of the newly reintroduced Ministry of Internal Security, CCTV data is collected through a dedicated private network that can not be accessible over the Internet. The storage of this data is regulated by internal standard operating procedures of the Rwanda national police and the use of relevant tools to secure the IT environment.

In this context of the introduction of digital surveillance’cutting-edge technology capacity, coupled with the massive development of the digital economy in both the public and private sector requires the need to have a comprehensive data protection legal framework in place, to protect and promote the right to privacy.

Data collection in the wake of data scandals such as Cambridge Analytica and the 2018 Google data breach have culminated in public skepticism in ways of data in which data is collected and processed. A great responsibility is placed on the state to protecting the privacy of citizens by implementing more comprehensive guidelines preventing government and corporations from overstepping their boundaries by articulating the rights and freedoms of people in digital spaces, meaning data subjects can request information about why and how their data is processed. This is considering that today Rwanda is striving for the digital era with the proliferation use of biometrics and digitized public services.

Furthermore, as the digital economy and cashless transactions, are becoming increasingly common in the country. while these systems promote certain benefits. however, there is however insufficient focus on the potential consequences of the technology such as the collection and use of personal data for commercial purposes, and how this practice leads to algorithmic manipulation of human behavior on the decision we make and the services we receive.

In the meantime, this recent development links up with the global debate about the ability of silicon valley’s GAFA (Google, Amazon. Facebook, and Apple) to freely collect consumers personal data in developing countries without any regulations has raised questions and public concerns about the lack of a clear comprehensive legislation and a regulatory framework on personal data privacy and data protection in the country.

Although,  article 23 of the constitution of Rwanda of 2003 (revised in 2015), reaffirms the respect for privacy. Besides the constitution, other relevant laws like the penal code, the 2010 law relating to electronic transactions and the 2001 law governing telecommunications recognize and provides for some guidelines regarding the protection of privacy and personal data. However, the right to privacy enshrined in the Rwandan constitution has yet to be operationalized, the existing ICT laws and regulations only recognize so far the user consent and opt-in mechanisms.

Moving through the Region, Kenya is so far the only country that has recently enacted a comprehensive data protection law. the Kenyan Act determines the need for any subject company to creates a privacy policy that outlines why and how data is collected, its handling and sharing of personal information or data; among the groundbreaking statutes written into the law is the provision for a data protection commissioner; a mechanism that enable citizens and data subjects to ascertain whether their personal information is being processed in accordance with the applicable data protection legislation.

With regard to the protection of privacy and personal data information, it is important to note that according to the recent figures published in 2019 by Rwanda Investigation Bureau it has been revealed that there were at least 113 cases of cybercrime particularly targeting personal data related to financial transactions. A figure that has doubled compared to the previous year of 2018.

Furthermore, based on the recent 2018 Africa Cybersecurity Report by Serianu Limited, the cost of theft of personal data in Africa was estimated at $3.5 Billion, a rise from 2016.

Conclusion

The use of technology in public life should be centered around transparency and the rule of law. In particular, privacy and security as the pillars of trustworthy services that enhance the overall well being of citizens. The development and the implementation of smart cities and the safety and security policies must be done responsibly, with full understanding and mitigation of their impact on the citizens’ right to privacy and other constitutional rights. while the rights to privacy and personal data are not absolute. They must be rigorously safeguarded, the right to privacy may only be limited through a law that regulates infringement.

Although some databases can be used for legitimates purposes, however, there are many risks associated with collecting and storing the very information that constitutes an individual’s identity. The Cambridge Analytica scandal shows us how damaging technologies can have a corrosive effect on privacy, the misappropriation of personal information can deny individuals their identity especially when data is collected without proper control or oversight. In many countries around the world, national privacy laws are increasingly being revised to strengthen the protection of personal data privacy and impose penalties for data breaches.

As Rwanda today is striving for the digital era with digitized public services with open portals like “Irembo”, cashless transactions, digitized citizens’ identity cards, and passports.  Thus as the scale and the scope of digital economy development accelerates the demand for data is increasing.  further, in the context of the current vacuum of a comprehensive data framework, there is a heightened risk of data misuse. Therefore it is imperative for the government to respond to public concerns around privacy with a robust legal framework for data protection that will enforce accountability towards the citizens over the use of their personal information by bodies or corporations that collect them.

GITINYWA Louis is a lawyer and legal researcher based in Kigali, his specializations include Digital rights & Tech Law, Constitutional Law, and Trade & Regional Integration Law. tatabo2010@gmail.com

Rudi Christmas Project 2019

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Luke 2:9-10

Rudi International is wrapping up another year of ministry and the school year, though rife with struggles nationwide, is well under way.  We are thankful for each and every one who sponsors a child/children through Rudi Education.  The Christmas project, not only ministers to our sponsored children, but also is our biggest outreach of the year.  Christmas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is more of a religious festival rather than being commercial. Most people won’t have any presents. 

Christmas Eve is very important with Churches having big musical evenings, church services, and a nativity play.  On Christmas day, most families try to have a better meal than usual.  Unfortunately, for many families this is very difficult.

Rudi International understands the ‘Good News’ that brings ‘Great Joy’ for ALL THE PEOPLE.  While many will come for the meal, they will hear about this good news from the Rudi International team of volunteers who gladly serve year after year on this project.  This is also a great opportunity for the parents of our students to hear this message as well.

Every year our Christmas Project feeds over 500 in the community. The JOY of the faces of the children – as they eat and celebrate through dancing and games is a true representation of the very reason that God sent His only Son into the world.  Our Christmas project represents God’s love in a tangible way as we become servants and love the least of these.  It brings JOY to hard circumstances.  It brings GOOD NEWS to the lost.  It lets a community know the type of love that our Savior gave His life for.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

Will you help us bring JOY to Eastern DR Congo this Christmas?  What if a simple meal changes a life for an eternity?  What if a smile from one of our Rudi volunteers lets a child know how cared for and loved they are? Year after year, we watch God take the JOY of giving $10, $20, $25, $100 or more – and multiply it to provide all the needs to put on this Christmas Project.  I just ask that you prayerfully consider spreading JOY across the world – uniting the family of God – in a global celebration of our Savior’s birth.

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Note to our US partners: this year we were unable to partner with Sacred Portions for this event and donations WILL NOT be tax deductible.  We hope to find a new partner for this project by next year.  You will be able to donate securely through PayPal, directly on Rudi International’s website.  Rudi International is a registered NGO in the DR Congo but currently does not have a 501 status in the US.