Open Internet News

11th July 2017

Massive Internet Disruption Costing Somalia $10M a Day

An extended internet outage in Somalia is being called a “major disaster” to the war-torn country’s economy. The outage across the country’s south, including the capital Mogadishu, was caused by damage to an undersea fiber-optic cable two weeks ago, and is costing $10 million per day according to the government.

“We lost $130 million (about Sh13.5 billion) only in the past…

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7th July 2017

Rwanda, Mauritius Top Africa in 2017 Global Cyber Security Index

Rwanda is one of the African countries that are most committed to cyber security, a new report has shown.

The second edition of Global Cybersecurity Index, that was released by the International Telecommunications Union, a UN agency, on Wednesday, ranked Rwanda second in Africa after Mauritius.

The survey measures the commitment of countries to cyber security based on five pillars namely: legal,…

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27th June 2017

Hard Questions: Hate Speech

Who should decide what is hate speech in an online global community?
By Richard Allan & VP EMEA|

As more and more communication takes place in digital form, the full range of public conversations are moving online — in groups and broadcasts, in text and video, even with emoji. These discussions reflect the diversity of human experience: some are enlightening and informative, others…

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18th June 2017

Le Parlement de la République démocratique du Congo est invité à adopter des lois qui appuient les droits des citoyens en ligne

Statement |

Les acteurs de la société civile dans la ville congolaise de Goma ont exhorté le Gouvernement de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) à apporter des modifications à ses lois actuelles régissant les technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) pour les rendre favorables à la croissance de l’utilisation d’Internet, comme la vie privée en ligne, l’accès à…

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16th June 2017

Tanzania Imposes 2-year Ban on Newspaper Over Damning Story on Ex-presidents

The Tanzanian government has banned a weekly newspaper from making any publication for 24 months after publishing a damning article on two former presidents.

The Mawio newspaper published a story on its frontpage on Wednesday linking former Presidents Benjamin Mkapa and Jakaya Kikwete to an ongoing dispute crippling the mining sector.

“I have been left with no other option than to use…

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15th June 2017

DR Congo Parliament Urged to Pass Laws That Support Citizens’ Rights Online

Statement |

Civil society actors in the Congolese town of Goma have urged the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to make amendments to its current laws governing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to make them favourable to the growth of internet usage, as well as online privacy, access to information and freedom of expression.

The civil society actors, including…

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7th June 2017

Rwanda’s Communications Regulator Dismisses Electoral Commission’s Directives on Suppressing Free Speech Online

By Ashnah Kalemera |

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), the body that regulates telecommunication services, has dismissed a statement by the country’s electoral body regarding vetting of social media posts by candidates in the upcoming elections. This principled move by RURA needs to be commended, and just like the authority has steadfastly held service providers to their licensing obligations and…

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6th June 2017

Growing the Conversation on Online Rights and Internet Measurement in Africa

By Juliet Nanfuka |

Rising awareness of the role the internet can play in promoting democratic governance, economic prosperity, civic participation and social inclusion is increasingly driving discussions around Africa. A growing number of stakeholders is getting involved in discussions to address gaps in the realisation of the potential of the internet in progressing socio- economic development and justice.

Platforms such as…

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