Adeboye is senior programs manager at Paradigm Initiative, where he leads the organization's research, advocacy and capacity-building programs. He authored the Nigerian report for Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, of the University of Oxford, in a human rights and rules of law assessment of legislative and regulatory responses to the COVID-19 pandemic across 27 jurisdictions. He has previously contributed to Global Voices on COVID-19-related content. Boye is based in Abuja, Nigeria's capital.
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Looking ahead, the rest of us must resume the debate about the enormous power we have bequeathed social media platforms and the overdependence on Twitter by those who work in social justice, governance, human rights, and democracy.
In Nigeria, contact-tracing apps raise valid concerns about the government's attempts to leverage this for future clampdowns on citizens' digital rights — long after the pandemic is long gone.
Combatting COVID-19 through all available legal means is urgent. However, such means need not be at the expense of protecting human rights — including the right to privacy.
"Without an adequate data privacy or protection law, how can we safeguard against some of the greatest risks that such a system could incur?"