Open Internet News

29th November 2017

Analysis of Tanzania’s Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2017

Policy Brief |

The proposed Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations, 2017 join the catalogue of legislation related to online content in Tanzania that threaten citizens’ constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of opinion and expression and the right to seek, receive and impart information. The regulations were developed pursuant to section 103(1) of the Electronic and Postal Communications Act, 2010…

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28th November 2017

What does it cost to purchase broadband data in developing countries?

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) — an initiative of the Web Foundation — has just released new data which assesses the cost to purchase 1GB of mobile broadband data across 59 low- and middle-income countries.

The new pricing data, which was collected by A4AI at the end of 2016, finds that while mobile broadband affordability continues to improve across the board, the cost to…

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24th November 2017

Digital Security And Privacy Practices In Context For Human Rights Defenders

Workshop |

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for Eastern and Southern Africa (CIPESA) in partnership with Outbox, a Kampala based tech hub are hosting a workshop aimed at  building  digital rights knowledge as well as the digital security and capacity of human rights defenders, media, vulnerable women organisations in Uganda.

Despite the importance of digital security and privacy for human rights defenders…

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8th November 2017

Shadow Report on Freedom of Expression Online in Rwanda

Submission to the ACHPR |

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has submitted to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) a shadow report on the state of freedom of expression online in Rwanda.

The report outlines Rwanda’s legislative and related measures taken to promote and protect freedom of expression online, and provides the…

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12th October 2017

Using FIFAfrica17 Conversations To Drive Change

By Martha Chilongoshi |

The Africa I want is one that embraces diversity, promotes freedom of expression, values the right to information and prioritizes the elimination of all forms of discrimination on the basis of gender.

For my ideal Africa to be realized, actions, initiatives and conversations that challenge the status quo and disrupt structural systems which hinder development are very vital…

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10th October 2017

Internet shutdowns take centre stage at #InternetFreedomAfrica forum

By Shitemi Khamadi |

When figures are put forth, bringing the arguments of something to the table, the conversation changes. One starts to look at the loss accrued from their actions or inactions and make an informed decision. In the same vein, when people come together to fight for a course, a just course, the likelihood of succeeding is higher.

This was…

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6th October 2017

Strategic Litigation, an Answer to Preventing Internet Shutdowns?

The 2017 Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (#FIFAfrica17) was a great platform to learn more about the issues plaguing the African Internet space. The event was also a super platform to interact with some of Africa’s sharpest Internet activists and explore opportunities for collaborative interventions for advancing internet freedom on the continent.

From the Strategic Digital Rights Litigation training workshop,…

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3rd October 2017

Zimbabwe government clarifies Cyber Security Bill

The Ministry of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Postal and Courier Services says the Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Bill is a comprehensive legislation that is expected to address abuse of social media in Zimbabwe.

The bill, which came as a result of wider consultations, provides for criminalisation of abuse of the social media.

“This bill is a solution to the growing abuse…

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