We stand for digital rights and participatory democracy

ICT Users Association (ASUTIC) is a non-profit, independent and apolitical organization based in Senegal (West Africa).

We promote and protect Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on the digital age.We strive for getting people access to knowledge and information, key drivers for sustainable Development to the benefit of everyone.

We are mobilized for a strong and dynamic democracy through transparency, accountability of policy makers and citizen participation, based on gender equality. We work to relocate power from politicians to citizens.

Core values

Access to the Internet should be available and affordable to all persons in Africa without discrimination on any kind. The Internet should have an open and distributed architecture.

Everyone has the right to access information and hold opinions without interference. This include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds through the Internet and digital technologies regardless of frontiers.

Everyone has the right to privacy online, including the right to the protection of personal data, to communicate anonymously on the Internet and to use appropriate technology to ensure secure privacy.

Promote Transparency that favors the establishment of a culture of access to public information and the use of open data.

Promote Accountability to develop better mechanisms that privilege the collective interest over the individual.

Strengthen Citizen Participation to promote effective collective action for a deliberative democracy.

Special attention is given to vulnerable groups, including women through digital rights awareness and the promotion of their participation in democracy.

Strategic priorities

ICT access, openness, privacy and security offer increased potential for social, economic, and political positives changes, in particular for poor and marginalized people in developing countries. Hence, they are cornestone of our strategic priorities.

Governance

ICT legal and institutional framework strengthening program
Digital exclusion and insecurity are a reality in Senegal as being in mobile networks and the internet is becoming more and more important. The program tackle policy issues related to access to the Internet, it openness, accessibility and affordability. It addresses the following subject too: Freedom of expression, Right to information, Privacy, Personal Data Protection and Security.

Democracy and Development

Program to strengthen participatory democracy

The main goal of the program is to contribute to the consolidation of the democracy through citizen participation, parliamentary transparency, politics accountability. The indicators to assess achievement are : An Open and Transparent National Assembly, MPs accountability improvement and citizen participation in legislative process.

Our work

We work to create legal, institutional and policy frameworks that foster participatory democracy, openness of ICT infrastructure, trust, security, interoperability, standardization and generate the necessary skills in government, business and civil society.
We use ICT to:
• Offer increased potential for positives social and economic changes in particular for poor and marginalized people and women in developing countries;
• Broaden the number of participants in the public policies decisions;
• Enlighten citizens opinions give the means to understand the present and to apprehend the future ;
• Encourage greater Engagement in Civil Society, co-build more effective public policies;
• Accelerate the democratic process as a tool for social change and women’s empowerment.

Achievements
• First Senegalese civil society organization recognized as expert in ICT policies and digital rights;
• Citizens are more and more aware:
1 – Of the difficulties that hinder access to quality ICT service that is accessible and affordable;
2 – About their digital rights and the need to protect them;
3 – ICT tools can foster partiticpatory democracy.

Challenges
Changes are moving very slowly, so to respond to that situation we face the following challenges:
• Built a national coalition in Senegal and a regional network in West Africa;
• Involve more womens;
• Need of financial and human ressources.

Our contacts

Address: 7, Boulevard Dial Diop, en face Obelisque, Immeuble Médoune Mbengue, 2eme Etage à gauche Dakar Sénégal
Phone­: 33 897 79 22
Email: infos@asutic.org

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