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IP and Technology in Africa:
Looking Back to Look Forward
The attention of the world is turning to Africa once again. The discourse this time around is about the role and influence of Africa as one of world politics stakeholders and policy shapers makers and not the object of policy. The continent, despite its political and social challenges, has witnessed a relative economic boom. It is the largest free trade area and houses four of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Besides the abundance of natural resources, the role of technology and IP has been very significant in this development. The influence may either be from exported technologies or those developed on the continent. With over half a billion internet users, the digital economy has become attractive to investors around the world. At the same vein, creators of African descent continue to emerge on global platforms rebranding the continent from being a mere consumer but exporter of IP products.
The above presents a summary of the new place of IP and technology in Africa. Both IP and Technology intersect with other disciplines such as agriculture, commerce, health, politics, culture and many more. This intersection is what called into question of how IP and technology could be used to develop Africa truly. The question is important because of the socio-economic and socio-political implication they carry. One of the hurdles to the true development is the absence of enabling law. In some instances, the law may be outdated, or the policy is hurriedly prepared without adequate consultation. The latter has always been the case when the law is meant to serve a political purpose. In other instances, laws are transplanted without examining the suitability to the region. This is underlined by the temptation and pressure of the desire to remain relevant in the global discussion. So, how ready is Africa for the technological challenges in the new decade? How can it maximise the benefits of IP and technology to further its economic development? How can IP or technology be used to support intra-Africa trade? Should Africa continue to pursue a global standard or pursue an agenda suitable for its own stage of development? Considering that Africa is a big continent with over 50 countries of diverse legal traditions and stages of development, can harmonisation of relevant laws and policies in the area of IP and technology be possible?
International Review of Law, Computers & Technology Journal and the guest editor, Bukola Faturoti invite the submission of papers for its Special Edition on Africa. Focusing on Africa, the journal welcome abstracts which explore critical and topical themes from scholars either of African descent or not but are working on exploitation of technology and IP or their intersection.
The themes are not limited to:
- E-commerce and allied form of commerce
- Internet Freedom and e-governance
- Privacy and surveillance
- Legal education, regulation and technology-enhanced learning
- Intellectual property law and technology with particular reference to Plant Variety Rights and Geographic Indicators
- Traditional Knowledge
- Emerging technologies and law
- Digital cultures
- Telecommunications law and regulation
- Human rights and technology
- Technology and access to justice
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Interested authors should submit an abstract to Bukola Faturoti (firstname.lastname@example.org), no later than 30th May 2020. The Guest Editor is also available for discussion via email. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their abstract no later than 15th June 2020.
The submissions deadline is 1st November 2020. All submissions will be subject to double-blind peer-review. Articles of up to 10,000 words (inclusive of footnotes) will be considered.
Deadline for final submission of papers is 3rd January 2021.