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The Case of Kenya 2017 and Zimbabwe 2018 Elections

This report looks at how Internet freedom is linked to electoral and other political processes by analyzing the legal and policy framework governing information control in Kenya and Zimbabwe. It looks particularly at the controls leading to the August 2017 elections in Kenya and the July 2018 elections in Zimbabwe. The aim is to contribute evidence to the conversation on the relationship between the Internet, and human rights and the wider democratic processes. Therefore, our main research objective is to analyze information controls in Kenya and the region in a systematic manner; in order to identify existing legal structures and policy motivations, and the technical nature of these controls through Internet shutdowns and other forms of censorship.

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A coalition of prominent internet rights policy and civil society advocates are pleased to issue this open call for proposals for a consultancy on “Mapping and Making Available Evidence-Based Research for Internet Policies in Africa.”

This international Call for Proposals invites submissions from researchers, academicians, scholars, and professionals. Successful proposals will help involved organizations to overcome the limited availability and accessibility of evidence-based research regarding internet policies in Africa to nurture public debate and due consideration by policy makers within the region.

The details of this Call for Proposals, including application instructions and timeline, may be downloaded. Applications must be submitted by March 25, 2018. Chosen proposal will be announced within April 2018. Requests for clarification and submissions, please sent to Alberto Cerda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This coalition includes Article 19 Eastern Africa, BudgIT, the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at Strathmore University (CIPIT), Co-Creation Hub, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), iHub, the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet), and Paradigm Initiative, with the support from the Ford Foundation´s Internet Freedom Program.

 Journal of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law.

Call for Submissions

CIPIT is pleased to introduce the Journal of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (JIPIT), which will feature high quality, peer-reviewed scholarly works focused on Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law. Topics can be in any area of IP and IT law, and topics addressing developments in the Global South are particularly encouraged. JIPIT aims to provide a platform for comprehensive discussion of these issues with the view to generating new knowledge. The Strathmore University Press (SUP) will publish JIPIT, and submissions are encouraged from all geographical regions.

In this inaugural call, JIPIT welcomes Articles, Book Reviews, Case Reviews, and Recent Developments. Articles should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words, inclusive of footnotes, and shall be subject to a system of blind peer review. Book Reviews, Case Reviews, and Recent Developments should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words, inclusive of footnotes, and will not be subject to blind peer review. Submissions must adhere to the following additional guidelines: -


  1. Deadline for submissions is 1st March 2020.
  2. All submissions must be in English.
  3. All submissions must be typed in Times New Roman, font size 12, line spacing 1.5, justified alignment, and submitted in .doc or .doc.x formats.
  4. All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 250 words.
  5. To ensure blind reviews, all submissions must have a cover page that states the full title of the article, contact details of the author and an authorship declaration. The rest of the article must not contain any reference to the author.
  6. All submissions must follow the Strathmore Law Simplified Legal Citation (SLASLEC) available at
  7. JIPIT values excellence and intellectual integrity. All submissions must be free of plagiarism, and must not have been published elsewhere before submission. The author(s) must make a declaration on the cover page to this effect.
  8. All submissions should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Note: The editorial process is a rigorous one requiring correspondence on stylistic and substantive details of the paper. An author may be expected to make extensive changes or additions to the original submission.



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