Personal data access challenges
Speaker: Marcelle Siewe Ngounou.
Cameroon, as many African countries, wishes to promote the development of a digital economy while ensuring the protection of its citizens’ right to privacy. During our session, we will present situations of collection of personal information from users, example of access requests to collected personal information from various organizations by users. The gaps observed will be inputs for discussions on process improvement, active participation of the user and CSOs in the development of the digital economy ecosystem.
We will also address the challenges of educating people about personal data in a space where the notion of privacy varies according to social groups. In the light of the progressive digitalization of services to citizens, we will demonstrate the importance of placing the individual at the center of any power of control over the mechanisms of identification, collection, processing, dissemination, and storage of his or her personal data in a way that contributes to his or her right to self-determination.
We will discuss the legal aspect, which is based on the control of digital spaces, the application of laws and the promotion of the interest of the State. Later on, we would like to carry out a survey that will allow us to make a comparative study on the implementation of mechanisms of personal data protection in the data and digital economy in some French-speaking Africa.
Personium Africa: Collaboration with Cameroon for achieving life-time PDS
Speaker: Yo Ishiguro, Fujitsu
What everyone must understand about tech and gender equality
Speaker: Liisa Ketolainen
Technology and innovations can play a remarkable role in advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in all their diversity. However, it requires a human rights-based and gender-transformative approach to technology development as well as relevant public policies, programs and regulation. Technologies risk reproducing and reinforcing gender biases and inequalities if they rely on data that is not inclusive and representative.
Finland is a co-leader of the Action Coalition on Technology and Innovations for Gender Equality, committed to bridging gender gaps in digital access and competences, investing in feminist technologies and innovation, building inclusive innovation ecosystems, as well as preventing and eliminating online and tech-facilitated gender-based violence and discrimination.