UCC Weekly update 22nd July – 2nd August 2019

The Uganda Communications Commission (the Commission) participated in a dialogue organised by the Centre for Public Interest Law discussing the “closing space for civil society and the Media in Uganda”. The Commission emphasised the need and duty mandated by law to promote and safeguard the interest of consumers and operators of communications services as a delicate balance.

 

The Commission under the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) partnered with small and medium enterprises under the Federation of Small and Medium-sized enterprises (FSMUE) to enhance digital literacy were more than 250 SMEs attended a digital literacy training program. https://wp.me/paP880-m4

 

The Commission under the RCDF launched the second phase of the school’s connectivity project under which academic institutions are supported with reliable internet services to improve the quality of education in rural schools. https://wp.me/paP880-mc

 

The Commission conducts monthly debates on topical issues as a means of sharing information and knowledge among its internal stakeholders. The July monthly debate was exceptional and a battle of wits on a futuristic subject “Artificial Intelligence”. The losing side interestingly demanded for a second round of debating on the subject, making it worth mentioning here.

 

The Commission unveiled support to Makerere University (College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology CEDAT) towards hosting the 5th National Conference on Communications. A cheque of 121 million was presented during the CEDAT 50 year launch and fundraising dinner at Hotel Africana. https://wp.me/paP880-fa

 

 The Communications Sector Report – December 2018 was released. This report provides an industry overview of the Communications market based on reports submitted to the Commission by licenced communication service providers. The Communication Sector Report – March 2019 will also be released shortly.

 

The Commission under the RCDF has partnered with Oysters and Pearls to deliver ICT training to PWDs. Engagements on the same have been conducted in Gulu, Mbale and Mbarara. Insights on the same are captured in an exciting tale of Denis Komakech, a 27-year-old blind tech. http://bit.ly/2GAiZNC

 

A Kampala based pastor was remanded and later pleaded guilty to two counts of installing and operating an illegal radio station. Apostle Bosio Eddi of Ntinda, appeared before Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court presided over by trail magistrate Ms Stella Maris Amabilis. The matter was adjourned to Monday, August 5th 2019, for sentencing.

 

The Commission in conjunction with Uganda Registration Bureau, Media Council, Pornography Control Committee and the Uganda Police organised a joint sensitisation workshop for Cinemas operators, Video Halls, Video Libraries, and distributors of Audio Visual works. The workshop sensitised the film stakeholders on the laws and standards governing film classification, exhibition, distribution and Intellectual property issues in Uganda. https://wp.me/paP880-nM

 

In what is becoming a familiar occurrence in court, a 38-year old Mwebe landed a prison sentence convicted on the two counts of threatening violence and cyber harassment by Her Worship Gladys Kamasanyu of the Buganda Road Utilities, Standards and Wildlife Court, Mwebe will spend 18 months in jail a clear demonstration how abusing online communication can result in criminal liability. https://wp.me/paP880-nF

 

The Commission has launched a call for entries for the Uganda Film Festival (UFF)2019. UFF 2019 is the 7th edition of the festival and will take place between 25th to 29th November 2019. The festival will entail various activities, including a film exhibition market, film screenings, workshops and forums.  https://wp.me/paP880-o6; https://wp.me/paP880-nX

 

The Commission participated in the Northern Corridor Integration Project (NCIP). Senior officials across the region met on the Implementation of Regional Single Digital Market (SDM). The meeting in partnership with the World Bank took place in Mombasa Kenya were pertinent issues discussed included East Africa’s single digital ID, single connectivity, single data market and single online markets, among others.

 

The Commission hosted Uganda’s Ambassador to Tanzania, Ambassador Richard Kabonero who paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Director on issues of mutual and regional importance.

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