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The Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN) will be hosting an online webinar to discuss the role of civic tech and digital transformation in food security, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar is intended to open a discussion about leveraging civic tech in mobilising communities and enabling public engagement to assist with food and hunger issues.

Webinar format:

A panel discussion followed by Q&A.

Webinar: Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Time: 10:00AM to 11:30AM


Register and share with your network!!

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Who is Mmabatho

Mmabatho is an entrepreneur, an advocate for women leadership and a social scientist. She describes herself as an empathetic and self-aware leader. Mmabatho is passionate about social justice and all issues that regard women. She holds a certificate in Marketing Management (UNISA), Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Regenesys Business School), a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Business Management with UNISA. She is currently researching a Master’s Degree in the field of Governance, specialising in Public Policy. Her research focuses on Feminist leadership influence on women’s social entrepreneurship and how it is a bridge to economic growth and development.

After a month at CTIN, what are your thoughts on the CTIN?

The CTIN is doing fantastic work in bringing together the civic tech community, government institutions and non-government institutions. The organisation is led by brilliant women, who I think I can most certainly learn from. CTIN has a broad network, and much effort has been put in the collection and dissemination of data/information and interacting with the civic tech community. I am really excited to be a part of the team and looking forward to growing my career in this organisation. …

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CIPESA Forum on Internet Freedom Call for Proposals

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and Paradigm Initiative (PIN) are pleased to announce the 2020 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica20) and to invite session proposals. This landmark event convenes a spectrum of stakeholders from across the internet governance and digital rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online. In light of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, FIFAfrica20 will adopt a hybrid approach which blends online and physical interactions.

For those who want to be part of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2020 (#FIFAfrica20)submit your ideas for sessions that support…

[Closes: 26 July 2020]

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The Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN) is looking for a researcher to assist with projects related to systematically studying the civic tech ecosystem in South Africa and Africa. Such studies may include conceptualising, contextualising, profiling, documenting, analysing experiences, and exploring possibilities and strategies for the emerging civic tech practice.

This is a temporary contract position for a period of five (5) months, renewable. The Researcher will be responsible for working under the supervision of designated faculty at the Wits School of Governance to undertake the required research. …

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Policy Action Network (PAN), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC),
Innovate Durban, Open Data South Africa (OpenDataZA), SmartiPants
Technologies, VarsityGenie, other local partners hosted two, one-day Easter Egg Hunt data workshops in Cato Manor (in eThekwini Municipality) and Pietermaritzburg on Open Data Day, focusing on women and health-related issues in KZN.

These local data workshops were an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. In South Africa, most data-related events take place in Gauteng and the Western Cape so Open Data Day was an opportunity to host activities in another province, in this case, KZN, and to explore potential use cases related to open data that can benefit citizens and support public policy decision-making in the region. …

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If you are aware of any data responses to COVID-19 in your city, we kindly request that you complete the form below, so we can document and share as an open resource for the benefit of all cities.

PURPOSE: Building off the success of the OECD/GOVLAB Open Government Data (OGD) call for evidence, and calls within the South African city sphere to document the learnings of the COVID-19 pandemic, this evidence mapping aims to document and map the open data response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in South African cities and provinces.

METHOD: This evidence mapping is open source with the intention to form the collective intelligence of data practitioners in disseminating the collection of data responses. …

On November 9, 2019, brought together the Cape Town community to assemble open-source outdoor sensors that will produce open data on the air quality in Cape Town.

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1st webinar session

We are pleased to share some online engagements and snippets that will be available from the exciting line-up that we had for you.

These sessions will take place on Zoom, Zoom webinar details for each session are below

1. Civic Tech 2020 with Al Kags (19th of March 2020, 9 AM — 10 AM)

Topic: Has civic tech delivered on its much-hyped promise? What has been more or less significant or impactful for Africa? What appears to be lying ahead? The keynote speaker and panel will engage and debate from their various vantages.

  • Moderator: Zukiswa Kota
  • Speakers: Al Kags
  • Discussants: Richard Gevers, Nathalie Dijkman

WEBINAR DETAILS: Register in advance for this webinar HERE

2. COVID-19: reshaping the norm (CTIF reflects with Craig Wing) (Friday, 20 March, 9–10 am)

Topic: Panellists will share their reflections and speculations on potential implications of health pandemics like COVID-19 on communities like CTIN’s. What does COVID-19 (as a blip or a longer-term feature) change, if anything, in how we think of social innovation / civic tech / of COPs / the task of supporting activist tech-based communities? …

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Dear Delegate/Speaker

Due to the increasing uncertainty surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and following the President’s pronouncement of a National State of Disaster, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone Jamfest and the Civic Tech Innovation Forum that was due to take place this week from the 18th to the 20th of March. As much as we were looking forward to hosting you, it is paramount that we prioritise the health and safety of our communities.

We will be in touch with updated details of new dates and/or approaches to the Forum, but in the immediacy, we are pleased to share online engagements and snippets that will be available from the exciting line-up that we had for you. Please look out for updates within the next 24 hours about how you can still think and talk civic tech this week, even if we cannot be physically together. …

CivicTech Contributor

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