Open Internet News

16th September 2021

Apply for Data Driven Advocacy Sketchathon at FIFAfrica21

Call for Applications |

Do you want to use data for advocacy but you’re not sure where to start? Would you like to transform statistics into compelling stories? Are you passionate about a digital rights cause, and want to convince others to join your efforts?

In the lead up to the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2021 (FIFAfrica21), the Collaboration on International ICT Policy…

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15th September 2021

There are 22 million internet devices in Uganda

By Farooq Gessa Mousal |

The latest telecom report indicates that telephone and internet subscriptions grew by the same percentage between April and June 2021, as the communications sector registered modest growth across all major indicators, the latest market performance report indicates.

Fixed and mobile telephone subscriptions grew by 600,000 from 28.3 million to 28.9 million, a growth rate of 2%, while internet subscriptions grew…

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7th September 2021

Garbage Out, Garbage In: How Europe’s E-Waste Problem Is a Burden on Africa

Updates |

ACCRA, GHANA – This story puts the spotlight on the dumping of e-waste, particularly discarded colling appliances by Europe’s e-waste exporters in Africa in contravention of EU’s law and the Basel Convention while port officials in Europe turn a blind eye to the shipment of these discarded appliances.

It shows how several e-waste recycling organizations in Europe, particularly in the United…

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3rd September 2021

WhatsApp asked to pay a whopping $267 million fine for breaking privacy laws

TL;DR

WhatsApp has been slapped with a record fine for breaking privacy and data protection laws in the EU.
It’s the largest ever fine by the Irish regulator.
The messaging platform will appeal the “disproportionate fine.”

 In a record fine doled out to Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp, EU regulators have asked the company to cough up €225 million (~$267 million) for breaking the General Data…

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2nd September 2021

In Rwanda, Voice Technology Innovation Helps Fight COVID

By Mozilla |
Rwandans have a new tool in the fight against COVID: Mbaza, a chatbot that provides timely and accurate information about the pandemic in the Kinyarwanda, French, and English languages.
Mbaza is based out of the Rwanda Biomedical Center, and is a collaboration between Mozilla Common Voice, the Rwandan start-up Digital Umuganda, the Government of Rwanda, and the German Development Cooperation, or “Deutsche…

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1st September 2021

In Rwanda, Paving the Way to Keep Local Content Local

By Israel Nyoh |

A little over a decade ago, the African Internet community set an ambitious goal. With the 80/20 Initiative, they committed to exchange 80% of Internet traffic locally, with just 20% routed from outside the continent.

Establishing Internet exchange points (IXPs) is key to not only achieving this goal—but also to making the Internet faster and more affordable.

The Rwanda Internet Community and Technology Association (RICTA)…

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25th August 2021

Profiter de L’espace Numérique pour Combattre la Traite des êtres Mumains en RD Congo, en Gambie et en Mauritanie

Par Ashnah Kalemera et Simone Toussi |

L’utilisation croissante des technologies numériques en Afrique est entrain de faciliter les activités de traite de personnes dans la région. Cependant, ces mêmes technologies peuvent être mises à profit pour lutter contre ce fléau qui sévit sur le continent.

Avec le soutien du Fonds Africain pour les Droits Numériques (ADRF), le think tank juridique africain sur les droits…

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20th August 2021

Leveraging the Digital Space to Combat Human Trafficking in DR Congo, Mauritania and The Gambia

By Ashnah Kalemera and Simone Toussi |

The growth in usage of digital technologies in Africa is fuelling technology-enabled human trafficking activities in the region. But these very technologies can be leveraged to fight the vice that is sweeping across the continent..

With support from the Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF), the African Legal Think Tank on Women’s Rights (ALTOWR) has studied the role of the…

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