Open Internet News

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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31st May 2017

Ethiopia Shut Down the Country’s Internet to Beat Exam Cheats

By Abdi Latit Dahir|

Ethiopia shut down the internet on Tuesday (May 30) ahead of a scheduled national examination that was due to take place in the country on Wednesday.

Social media users noted that the internet service was interrupted from around 7 pm on Tuesday—reportedly to prevent exam leaks. About 1.2 million students are taking the grade 10 national exams, with…

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30th May 2017

Silencing the Few Voices Left: Egypt Blocks 21 News Websites

By Access Now and SKeyes|
See the statement in Arabic

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Egypt banned at least 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based Al Jazeera television, The Huffington Post, and prominent local independent news site Mada Masr.

Mada Masr, as well as 20 other websites, were blocked by the Egyptian authorities for “supporting terrorism and extremism and spreading lies,”…

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Cyber Crimes may Cost Kenya ‘Sh20bn’ in 2017

By Abel Muhatia|

Kenya may lose more than Sh 20.2 billion to cyber crimes this year if proper protection on internet infrastructure is not put in place, a top official at Internet Society, a firm that promotes development and use of internet, warned yesterday.

Speaking to the Star on the sidelines of African Internet Summit held in Nairobi, the society’s senior development…

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26th May 2017

Tackling The Gender Digital Divide in Africa

By Koliwe Majama|

The emergence of the internet is touted as an opportunity for women in Africa to ‘play catch up’ after years of being ‘left out’ in the mainstream media. It is said that the internet is a platform of democracy and freedom where women can amplify their voices on and access critical information relating to their well being and empowerment…

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25th May 2017

Zambia’s Mixed Record on ICT Access and Free Expression Online

By Ashnah Kalemera |

The first-ever Lusaka Internet Forum (LIF17) was hosted in Zambia’s capital on May 10-11 as a platform for discussing the various factors impacting internet use in the country, particularly in driving agricultural sustainability, gender equality and freedom of expression online.

The southern African country presents a mixed record: ICT access is growing (a mobile phone penetration rate of…

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