Digital Economy Initiative

Today, of the world’s 10 largest companies by market capitalization, six are technology companies. And of those, only two were in the top 10 just five years ago which gives one a sense of how quickly the global economy is being disrupted. Under this program, CyberLine seeks to create a future built on shared prosperity where digital
technology is critical and innovation accelerates to a path of inclusive growth. Extending Internet access in developing countries especially Uganda shall enhance productivity. CyberLine is putting a lot of thought into understanding what it takes to create a successful and inclusive digital economy in light of our mission. This is because technology can be a force for good promoting economic inclusion, efficiency, and innovation but can also cause upheaval by displacing jobs or imperiling the security of personal & government data, and even critical infrastructure. It can widen the digital divide increasing the gap between those who benefit from technology and those who are excluded and risk falling further behind. That’s why technology’s risks and opportunities must be carefully managed and this program was formed to provide such remedy. Under this program, a number of projects are running such as Digital tax initiative, Internet of Things and Open Internet research, and Big Data among many others.

Techcubation Hub (TH)

This program is relevant to the training needs of staff, lawyers, ICT developers and innovators identified from time to time. Not only does it offer digital literacy training, it’s
also directed towards a deliberate growth of legal-tech innovations by establishing a platform that enhances emerging thought, challenges status quo and responds to legal
questions surrounding technological innovations. The Techcubation legal Aid Clinic is an extended project under this program. It is mobile in design to ensure that
innovators and technology creative individuals have their intellectual property legal needs addressed from their geographical locations to cure limitation of access.
CyberLine concentrates on entrenching the walk-in Techcubation legal Aid clinic at the various innovation hubs in the country and build the capacity of the legal-tech aid
unit to receive and address cases of its clients especially with intellectual property rights matters. The Clinic is integrated with the Techcubation Hub (TH) in order to give
innovators the opportunity to work on live cases and learn from these. During the five year period, the target is to reach at least 100 innovators every year within the various parts of the country, bringing the total to 500 innovators.

Human Rights & Technology

This program is focused on rethinking the promotion of human rights conscious and accountable corporate behavior, governance, oversight and regulation in Uganda. While
a great deal has been written about human rights violations by multinational corporations in Africa/Uganda, to a large extent this has been produced by people living outside
the continent and, even more rarely, by people in affected communities. In order to address this deficiency, the business and human rights-tech initiative is intended to
identify shortcomings in the business and human rights narrative to the extent that it fails to appreciate the social, legal, political and economic realities in Africa in light of
the technology and the internet industry where there are a number of unjustifiable and undemocratic evasion of rights.
The objectives of this program are to: identify specific case studies and practical examples, which demonstrate the manifestation of inequality into human rights violations
by these tech companies such as telecoms; raise key issues that should be addressed in order to make the business and human rights regime more responsive to the
African/Ugandan context in respect to technology; and develop new tools of analysis in evaluating the African/Ugandan agenda for business and human rights so that it is
both practical and substantive in content in the technology industry.
Other focus areas of this program are: health rights and technology, disability rights and technology and the general body of Economic, Social and Cultural rights as from
time to time shall need response and attention

Cyber Security and Cybercrime

Cyber Security and Cybercrime are issues that can hardly be separated in an interconnected environment. The fact that the 2010 UN General Assembly resolution on cyber security addresses cybercrime as one major challenge only affirms that Cyber security plays an important role in the ongoing development of information technology, aswell as Internet services. Enhancing cyber security and protecting critical information infrastructures are essential to each nation’s security and economic well-being.
Making the Internet safer and protecting Internet users has become fundamental and integral to the development of new services as well as government policy. Deterring cybercrime is an integral component of a national cyber security and critical information infrastructure protection strategy. In particular, this includes the adoption of appropriate legislation against the misuse of ICTs for criminal or other purposes and activities intended to affect the integrity of national critical infrastructures. At the
national level, this is a shared responsibility requiring coordinated action related to prevention, preparation, response and recovery from incidents on the part of government authorities, the private sector and citizens. Our Cyber Security and Cybercrime Program therefore aims to anticipate the future of cybercrime, enabling the government, businesses and citizens to secure and prepare themselves for the challenges and opportunities of the coming decades. It comprises a range of activities, including common threat reporting, scenario exercises, policy guidance and capacity building.

Space Law

With increased interest of governments in outer space, a number of legal questions mostly addressed in treaties have arisen. This program is designed to incorporate all
aspects of space-related international and national regulations and laws. CyberLine under the auspices of this program shall serve as a forum to discuss on matters of space
law to enhance participation into the global discussion on legal, ethical and other social aspects of space and outer space.
The objectives of this program are not limited to:
• Engaging in critical targeted debates about the actual legal and policy aspects concerning space activities.
• Investigating legal and regulatory challenges faced by the space community
• Proposing space-related policy recommendations
• Addressing potentially emerging questions and issues in the space sector
• Developing research papers regarding trend questions and issues of the space community
• Contributing and collaborating with the space community on multidisciplinary topics
The diverse aims of CyberLine without representing national or corporate interests under this program are to partner and collaborate with other institutions and entities
that drive synergies from the vast global network of space academics and professionals such as the Space Generation Advisory Council and the International Institute of
Space Law

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