Open Internet News

25th May 2017

Zambia’s Mixed Record on ICT Access and Free Expression Online

By Ashnah Kalemera |

The first-ever Lusaka Internet Forum (LIF17) was hosted in Zambia’s capital on May 10-11 as a platform for discussing the various factors impacting internet use in the country, particularly in driving agricultural sustainability, gender equality and freedom of expression online.

The southern African country presents a mixed record: ICT access is growing (a mobile phone penetration rate of…

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18th May 2017

Creating Catalysts for Collaboration in Strategic Digital Rights Litigation

By Nani Jansen Reventlow |
As the next millions of people move online, we will see more examples of legal frameworks that are not conducive to a free and open internet. This will restrict the free flow of information and the proper functioning of democracy. The soon-to-be published “Catalysts for Collaboration” seek to encourage internet activists to collaborate across disciplinary silos…

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Zimbabwe Government to Speed Up Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill in Response to Ransomware cyber-attack

Zimbabwe ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira said yesterday that in the face of the recent global ransomware cyber-attack, the government is speeding up the approval of the Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill.

The minister was speaking at an occasion to mark the successful acquisition of Telecel Zimbabwe by the government yesterday.

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11th May 2017

Threat to Media Freedom as Authorities Seek to Introduce Repressive Press Law

On May 5, 2017, authorities in Cote d’Ivoire introduced to the country’s Parliament a new media Bill containing provisions that criminalize press offences. The introduction of the Bill occasioned spontaneous protests and condemnation by the media and press freedom community in the country.
Media march to denounce the bill on May 3.
Photo credit: lepointsur.com

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28th April 2017

South Africa to host Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa

Save The Date Announcement |

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) are happy to announce the date and location for the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2017.

This year’s edition of the Forum will held be in Johannesburg, South Africa, on September 27-29, 2017,  thus expanding the…

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26th April 2017

Tanzania Court Deals a Blow to Intermediary Liability Rules

By Ashnah Kalemera |

A court in Tanzania has dealt a blow to the rules governing the country’s internet intermediaries, after ruling that requests for disclosure of user information for law enforcement purposes pursuant to the Cybercrimes Act (2015) are not arbitrary. In a March 8, 2017 ruling, three judges of the court in Dar es Salaam also ruled that the…

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21st April 2017

Recent Developments in Telecoms Regulation Threaten Online Rights in Uganda

By Edrine Wanyama |

In April 2017, the parliament of Uganda gave the minister in charge of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) powers to single-handedly make regulations that govern the telecommunications sector. Hitherto, regulations proposed by the minister had to receive parliamentary approval.

The Uganda Communications (Amendment) Bill (2016), which parliament passed on April 6, 2017, means that making regulations for the…

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Internet Restored In Cameroon: A Victory For Citizens, But Vigilance Remains

Paris April 21, 2017 – Internet Without Borders welcomes with relief the news on the restoration of Internet connectivity in the North West and Southwest regions of Cameroon, ordered by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, on April 20, 2017.

Since January 17, 2017, 20 percent of the population of this country bordering Nigeria and Chad were cut from Internet…

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