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THETHA - Cyberlaw and Internet Rights - May 22, 2003

05/14/2003, David Barnard: SANGONeT

SANGONeT's mission is to be a facilitator in the effective and empowering use of information communication technology (ICT) tools by development and social justice actors in Africa.

As one of very few CSOs in Southern Africa dedicated to providing ICT services to the local CSO sector, SANGONeT will organise various one-day SANGONeT ICT Discussion Forums during 2003, called Thetha, which will focus specifically on the role and relevance of ICTs to CSOs.

Thetha is a Nguni verb meaning lets talk, discuss, debate, share opinion/ideas and engage each other.

The first Thetha was held on 27 March 2003, and focussed on "ICTs and Development in South Africa: Challenges and Opportunities".

The objectives of Thetha - The SANGONeT ICT Discussion Forum series are the following:

- To highlight and promote the practical benefits and opportunities provided by ICTs to Southern African CSOs;

- To provide Southern African CSOs with an opportunity to reflect on the impact of ICTs on their work and to share lessons and experiences of common concern

The forums focus specifically on the ICT challenges facing the CSO sector, highlighting and promoting practical benefits, opportunities and lessons learned to date.

The next Thetha will be held on Thursday, 22 May 2003 (09h00-13h00), at the Parktonian Hotel, 120 De Korte Street, Braamfontein.

The theme of this Thetha will be "Cyberlaw and Internet Rights".

The objective of this Thetha is to introduce participants to the various legal/legislative and rights issues related to the use of the Internet and ICTs in South Africa.

Lisa Thornton of Lisa Thornton Inc, a law firm specialising in ICT-related issues, will deliver the keynote address.

Her presentation will be followed by the following 2 mini-workshops:

- Cyberlaw - presented by Michael Silber, Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche.

- Internet Rights - presented by Jane Duncan, Executive Director, Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI).

If you are interested in participating in this Thetha, please contact Malefu Thibedi or Matsela Mosoetsi at SANGONeT before 20 May 2003 on:

Tel: (011) 838-6943
Fax: (011) 492-1058
E-mail: /

Participation in the Thetha is free of charge.

For more information on Thetha - The SANGONeT ICT Discussion Forum, please contact Eric Muragana, SANGONeT's Media Coordinator at - - or visit the SANGONeT website at -

"Come Thetha with us"

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