Open Internet News

15th June 2015

OpenNet Africa Challenge Uncovers Gaps in Digital Safety Tools

By Ashnah Kalemera |

There are numerous tools which can secure online users’ communications, including through anonymising their identities and enabling them to circumvent online surveillance and censorship. In some cases, developers have gone on to localise such tools to suit various contexts. However, the tools’ relevance to certain populations and how best to improve them for a diverse range of…

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7th June 2015

Facebook’s Internet.org: A strategic project bridging the African digital divide?

By Arthur Gwagwa

The debate on net neutrality pitting the haves and have-nots is not a new one in projects that draws multiple stakeholders from the global north and south. Although these hemispheres are under one sky, their perspectives on what development entails have different horizons. The scathing criticism of internet.org, though based on principle, needs to descend to the realm…

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22nd May 2015

East African Court Declares Sections of Burundi’s Media Law ‘Undemocratic’

By Wairagala Wakabi

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) has ruled that sections of Burundi’s Press Law of 2013 violate democratic principles and should be repealed. However, the court upheld several other clauses, including those related to regulation of print and online media.

Delivered on May 15 at the Arusha, Tanzania-based court, the ruling found two articles (19 & and 20)…

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21st May 2015

11th May 2015

Online Censorship in South Africa

South Africa is among the top five African countries with the highest mobile broadband reach, preceded by Ghana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Egypt. As of June 2014, internet users had increased to 52% of the population, majority of them using mobile devices to access the internet.

Although the country has been ranked free in internet freedom rankings and held highly in respect…

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5th May 2015

World Press Freedom: Ugandan Journalists Convened for Digital Security Training

By Juliet Nanfuka

On May 2, a total of 27 Ugandan journalists were trained in digital security procedures. The training was held in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day (May 3), which this year was celebrated under the theme “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, and Media Safety in the Digital Age”.

The training, which was organised by the Collaboration on…

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30th April 2015

Let Journalism Thrive! Reporting, Gender Equality, and Media Safety

By UNESCO

Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

Over 100 national celebrations take place each year to commemorate this Day.…

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CIPESA Conducts Digital Safety Training

CIPESA Conducts Digital Safety Training for Journalists and Activists in Tanzania and Uganda

This month, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has given training to human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers and media practitioners in Tanzania and Uganda in safety and security tactics to promote privacy and freedom of expression online.

The training, conducted in Kampala on…

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