Free flow of information is one of the main criteria used to determine the level of peace in a country, following the Global Peace Index (GPI). In the thirteenth edition of the GPI issued in June 2019, several sub-Saharan African countries are positioned at the bottom of the ladder of peace, one of the main reasons being their decline in the free flow of information in recent years. A broad view of the GPI report shows that these countries also have a weak index on internet freedom and digital rights, as well as the freedom of the press.
“Open Data remains a luxury reserved for better connected communities, and people having free access to internet.”
As the UN World Data Forum 2018 is currently taking place, hosted by Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, of United Arab Emirates from 22 to 24 October 2018, it is accurate to question the impact of data on building better societies. Continue reading How will Open Data help building a more Sustainable society in Africa throught Internet Freedom? Insights from FIFAfrica18