Paradigm Initiative says Nigeria’s Code of Practice for Internet is a tool for rights abuse

Paradigm Initiative says Nigeria’s Code of Practice for Internet is a tool for rights abuse

The Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries and Conditions for Operating in Nigeria, according to the African digital rights group Paradigm Initiative (PIN), is a weapon for the abuse of constitutionally protected rights of Nigerian individuals.

While voicing reservations about the Code, PIN believes that all stakeholders in Nigeria’s digital domain should critically evaluate the draft issued by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

To that end, PIN has convened a Zoom conference with all stakeholders on June 21 to assess the code and present a stance to the government.

The body in a notice to all stakeholders said: “The code of practice and its impending implementation goes to the essence of digital rights and freedom for all, and we are aware of the dangers inherent in the closing of digital civic space in Nigeria. This is why we have been working with others to push back on this trajectory in Africa to ensure human rights considerations are taken into account in the development and implementation of digital policies.

“The released draft code of practice is a potential tool for the abuse of constitutionally guaranteed rights of Nigerian citizens.”

“While we continue to monitor the advancement of the code, we are calling for a civil society stakeholder session to coordinate input and response to this draft regulation. All stakeholders need to speak with one voice in response to this development so that our voices are heard loud and clear. PIN shall be coordinating a response to the code of practice on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 via zoom,” the body added.

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