Examining approaches to internet regulation in Ethiopia

Examining approaches to internet regulation in Ethiopia

By Halefom H. Abraha|

This article examines the current internet content regulatory regime in Ethiopia from the perspectives of the extensively discussed and broadly accepted regulatory models namely statutory regulation, self-regulation, and co-regulation.It argues that although statutory regulation has been a potentially useful tool of regulation in Ethiopia, self-regulation and co-regulation models appear to be neither practiced nor feasible in the Ethiopian context.

A closer look at the regulatory patterns in the last decade – and emerging initiatives – suggest that a hybrid of five regulatory models namely statutory regulation, informal regulation, gatekeeping, self-censorship, and regulation through ‘Social Media Army’ are currently common in Ethiopia.

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