Open Internet News

18th June 2020

Countering Nonconsensual Sharing of Intimate Images: How far do Uganda’s Laws Go?

By the African Feminism |

In 2014, when Uganda introduced a law against pornography, few anticipated that it would largely be used to target and prosecute women, and specifically women whose intimate photos have been shared online without their consent. The Anti-Pornography Act, whose enforcement is spearheaded by a 9-member Pornography Control Committee is mandated to “apprehend and prosecute perpetrators of pornography, collect and destroy…

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17th June 2020

Coalition of Civil Society Groups Launches Tool to Track Responses to Disinformation in Sub Saharan Africa

Press Release |

Today, Global Partners Digital (GPD), ARTICLE 19, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), PROTEGE QV and  the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria jointly launched an interactive map to track and analyse disinformation laws, policies and patterns of enforcement across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The map offers a birds-eye view of trends in state responses…

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16th June 2020

Internet Society and Alliance for Affordable Internet Partner to Promote Community Networks and Expand Access for All

By Megan Kruse |

The Internet Society and the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), an initiative of the World Wide Web Foundation, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further their existing partnership to collaborate on promoting community networks to expand meaningful connectivity, and other areas of joint interest.

A4AI is a global coalition working to drive down the cost of Internet…

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13th June 2020

Humiliated and Shamed: Fate of Survivors of Nonconsensual Sharing of Intimate Images in Uganda (Part I)

By the African Feminism |

“When the photos finally came out, I thought, this is done. Life can now go on,” says Martha Kagimba Kemigisha, reflecting on the day her intimate photos were posted online.

For the radio presenter and comedian, popularly known as Martha Kay, posting the photos online marked the end of a long and torturous ordeal.

It all started when her…

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5th June 2020

Accessing Justice for Image-Based Sexual Abuse A Challenge For Victims in Malawi

By the African Mechanism |

In 2015, I ran an online poll asking 100 Malawians if they considered the non-consensual distribution of intimate images, or ‘revenge porn’ (as it is known colloquially) a form of sexual violence. The response was a resounding YES. Here are some of the responses that were received: when asked whether it is acceptable to publish nude/intimate images…

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2nd June 2020

How Leaking of My Contact Data Triggered an Avalanche of Online Abuse

By the African Feminism |

It was some time in 2018 during my final year at university. I had just been selected as the first female Entertainment Director of the Catholic University of Malawi. A new academic year had just begun, and the annual ritual of a typical show to welcome the first-year students was on, under my responsibilities.

I was in charge…

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30th May 2020

Data Privacy Concerns: NGO Sues Tiktok For Violating The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation

By Unini Chioma |

In a reaction to TikTok’s various data privacy breaches and the likelihood of a further breach, a not-for-profit organisation -(Laws and Rights Awareness Initiative) has approached the High Court of Ogun State for redress for and on behalf of its members.

In Suit No. HCT/261/2020 filed on the 29th day of May 2020 by the law firm of Olumide…

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20th May 2020

Burundi Goes to The Polls As Authorities Clampdown on Social Media

By Daniel Finnan |
Burundians went to the polls on Wednesday to choose a new president, parliamentarians and local councillors. However, voting was marked by a social media shutdown in the country and complaints about irregularities by the opposition.

Ruling party flagbearer Evariste Ndayishimiye told journalists that the elections were taking place in a secure environment. “Anyone wanting to disturb them will pay…

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