By Jackline Akello
The Cyberrights Research Initiative and Localized Legal Almanac (CYRILLA – https://cyrilla.org/) is producing an open and federated resource toolkit and online database, of legal information on digital rights. It addresses an increasingly urgent need “for comprehensive databases aggregating legislation and case law across a variety of jurisdictions” expressed by digital rights researchers, journalists, civil society advocates, human rights defenders, legal professionals, and others seeking to shape rapidly evolving legal frameworks for digital rights worldwide.
CYRILLA aims to organize and make accessible the world’s digital rights – related laws so that a wide range of actors can more readily and confidently assess legal trends as they shape and impact digitally networked spaces, highlighting threats to human rights and opportunities for legal reform.
CYRILLA Collaborative Partners
Formerly known as the Arab Digital Rights Dataset, the CYRILLA database was launched in late 2017 with a dataset of bills, law, and case law from the 22 Arab League states. With the addition of new CYRILLA Collaborative partners – Association for Progressive Communications (APC)1, Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT)2 at Strathmore Law School, Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression Program, Derechos Digitales3, HURIDOCS4 and Social Media Exchange (SMEX)5 – the database will expand over the next two years to include legal information on digital rights from more than 90 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
CIPIT, a think tank established under Strathmore Law School, is the African partner in this Collaborative, whose mandate relates to sub-Saharan Africa countries. As part of its role CIPIT has been reaching out to partners across Africa and collating, developing and populating a repository6 with digital rights data from across sub-Saharan Africa. This data includes both hard and soft law instruments such as legislation, case law and policies from various African jurisdictions.Continue reading