Open Internet News

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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29th September 2017

Economic Impact of Internet Disruptions in Sub-Saharan Africa

Report Launch |

Internet shutdowns in Sub-Saharan Africa have cost the region up to US$ 237 million since 2015, according to a report to be released by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA). Using a newly developed framework, the report estimates the cost of internet shutdowns in 10 African countries, and notes that the economic losses…

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28th September 2017

About FIFAfrica

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) are proud to co-host the 2017 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica).

This year’s Forum will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, thus expanding the physical footprint of the Forum which has since inception in 2014 been held in Kampala, Uganda. The…

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26th September 2017

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) Set to Kick Off in South Africa

Press Statement |

On September 27–29, 2017, the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 (FIFAfrica17) will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The landmark event convenes various stakeholders from the internet governance and online rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow…

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19th September 2017

Tanzanian Newspaper Suspended For ‘Insulting President’

News Update|

An independent Tanzanian newspaper has been suspended for two years, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, accusing the publication of sedition and endangering national security.

The critical Mwanahalisi newspaper was shut after publishing a letter on Monday from a reader containing “insults” against President John Magufuli and his government, said spokesman Hassan Abbasi.

Abbasi said the paper had received several warnings.…

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15th September 2017

Internet Restored in Togo after Five Days’ Shutdown

The Togolese authorities have restored the Internet in the country after five days of disruption amidst agitations from the opposition coalition for political reforms.

WhatsApp, Facebook and other internet services were restored on September 10, 2017 after being disrupted on September 5, a day before the mass opposition demonstrations. The disruption lasted five days.

The disruption was greeted with widespread condemnation and calls…

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7th September 2017

Netizen Report: Togo Government Shuts Down Internet and SMS as Protests Escalate

By Netizen Report Team|

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Internet and mobile SMS fell into a total blackout in the West African nation of Togo on the morning of September 7.

Anti-government protests have been surging in the capital Lomé, with opposition leaders now demanding that President Faure Gnassingbé step down.…

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