July 27 2023, Africa Meetup

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Africa Meetups

Date: Thursday, July 27, 2023

Time: 3pm SAST / 1pm UTC / 4pm EAT / 9am EDT

Who: Facilitated by Mardiya & Tawanda

Where: BigBlueButton link will be shared in the following rooms on the TCU Mattermost one or two hours before the start of the meeting: Regional: Africa.

Collectives Notes: Please put notes here: https://pad.riseup.net/p/africa-meetup


Community Updates


  • Kenya's e-citizen platform was hacked. The platform is where most citizens and residences access government services, which has been down since the attack
  • Community members are co-designing media training manuals to support journalist to report more responsibly and ethically on issues related to queer communities. This includes addressing disinformation tactics to reporting and communication that puts queer kenyans at risk.
  • The community went through how they can organize meetups at the Feira:
  • And a digital security toolkit


The global gathering; How to organize a meetup at Feira: https://wiki.digitalrights.community/index.php?title=Global_Gathering_Self-Organized

Update from Digital society Africa:

  • In June, the DSA Brought together the network of trainers and other partners to Johannesburg.
  • Southern Africa has a known network of multidisciplinary technologists, working under the flagship of the DSA network. The gathering was an opportunity to bring each practitioner together and envision the future of digital and cyber security in Africa.
Topical Conversation: Gender Cybersecurity Framwork from APC
  • Critiques: There are aspects of the framework that ignore the significant progress achieved by communities in Africa. Part of the gaps are contextual as gender and terminology looks very different in many places.
  • Having a contextual approach: From the gender cyber security framework, we have to take it further to break down and explore ways it.
  • The gaps that exist with cybersecurity work and frameworks: Not enough resources that integrate gender approaches or enable trainers and professionals to address human centered cases at the intersection of gender and sexuality. Thus, the framework is a critical first step which could inform such progresses.
  • Do we have the capability to change technical standards? Because sometimes chasing reactive inclusion might not be enough, given that we follow design patterns embedded in hegemonic and militarized approaches.
  • For some community members, it is possible that we change these standards. However will require lots of effort, advocacy and labour. This could also be achieved as integration continues to redefine the mainstream standards.