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Regional WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016, Africa

ICT Projects and WSIS Action Line Related Activities in Africa

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In the period 2014-2016, WSIS Stocktaking Reports have reviewed 136 ICT-related projects and activities carried out by international organizations, governments, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders in the Africa Region, with those in 2016 highlighting the efforts deployed by stakeholders involved in implementation of the SDGs. WSIS Stocktaking reports are based on the multistakeholder approach, including input from stakeholders from all over the world responding to ITU's official call for stocktaking updates and new entries.

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Ethics

In Rwanda, some 100 news websites represent more than the total number of newspapers, radio and TV stations combined. The Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), which is responsible for media self-regulation, has developed strategies for dealing with professional and ethical issues related to online media with the project Tackling Ethical Dimensions of Online Media Content through Self-Regulation (SDGs 12 and 16). Five key activities are identified: regular monitoring to identify ethical and professional gaps; conversations with editors where ethical gaps are identified; regular group meetings with web owners and editors; handling complaints from the public; and disseminating the principles of the Code of Ethics. Common issues identified include violations of privacy, nudity and graphic depiction of violence. RMC has already handled around ten cases so far.

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