OrderPaperToday – Paradigm Initiative (PIN) has expressed concerns of stakeholders about the recently released Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries and Conditions for Operating in Nigeria by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

According to PIN, the released draft code of practice is aimed at creating a guideline for interacting within the digital ecosystem, especially on social media platforms.

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It further called on everyone passionate about the protection of the digital civic space to take action regarding the code of practice which it says is a potential tool for the abuse of constitutionally guaranteed rights of Nigerian citizens.

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“The code of practice and its impending implementation goes to the essence of digital rights and freedom for all, and we are aware of the dangers inherent in the closing of digital civic space in Nigeria.

This is why we have been working with others to push back on this trajectory in Africa to ensure human rights considerations are taken into account in the development and implementation of digital policies.

While we continue to monitor the advancement of the code, we are calling for a civil society stakeholder session to coordinate input and response to this draft regulation. All stakeholders need to speak with one voice in response to this development so that our voices are heard loud and clear,” the statement read,

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PIN also added that it shall be coordinating a response to the code of practice on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 via zoom, while urging all stakeholders to read and put down their concerns. Interested participants can register for the event by clicking on this LINK.

They assured all stakeholders of their commitment to seeing that digital policies and rights are respected by all.

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