Open Internet News

22nd December 2015

Dialogue on Internet Rights and Freedom in Kenya

By Marilyn Vernon |

In Kenya, whereas the use of the internet had expanded into all areas of day to day living, the threat of government surveillance and interference has impacted upon user confidence in the security of their online interactions. This comes after several local bloggers and social media users have been arrested and in some cases charged with misuse…

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16th December 2015

Civil Society Submits an Open letter to the Nigerian Senate

Open letter to the Nigerian Senate on the matter of the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (aka “Social Media” Bill)

Distinguished Senators,

We are a coalition of Nigerian, African, and international organisations writing to you about the proposed Frivolous Petitions (Prohibitions, etc) Bill that has provisions for social media regulation. We believe that the bill is a dangerous encroachment upon free expression and…

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11th December 2015

South Africa Bill Threatens Internet Freedom

South Africa’s Cybercrimes And Cybersecurity Bill (2014) has been met with apprehension among civil society due to its vague definitions, its limited safeguards for access to information and freedom of expression. In many ways, it resonates with the equally stifling Draft Online Regulation Policy gazetted in March 2015, which contains clauses that have the potential of blocking online content including as…

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30th November 2015

Free Basics May Promise Free Internet, but What About Internet Freedom?

By Nanjira Sambuli |

In this era of the knowledge economy, powered by Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), the significance of the Internet economically, socially and politically is unmissable.
In Kenya, the Internet has served to enhance cohesion, in fits and starts. Kenyans from various parts of the country can exchange their experiences and perspectives via online platforms.
Through the Internet, we now…

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20th November 2015

New Project Will Gather Users’ Stories of Censorship from Around the World

Onlinecensorship.org Tracks Content Takedowns by Facebook, Twitter, and Other
Social Media Sites

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Visualizing Impact
launched Onlinecensorship.org today, a new platform to document the who, what, and
why of content takedowns on social media sites. The project, made possible by a 2014
Knight News Challenge award, will address how social media sites moderate usergenerated
content and how…

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9th November 2015

CIPESA at the Internet Governance Forum 2015

The annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) this year takes place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil from October 10-13. We are excited to participate at the forum which is themed “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”, during which we will share our insights on internet governance and related issues in East Africa.

An initiative of the United Nations, the IGF is a multi-stakeholder dialogue…

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2nd October 2015

The Challenge of Tackling Online Violence Against Women in Africa

By Evelyn Lirri |

The story of a 19-year-old student from Kenya who committed suicide after a man she met through Facebook threatened to publish her nude photos came to the limelight on the heels of the opening day of the Forum on Internet Freedom in East Africa, which took place in Kampala, Uganda.

The forum, organised by the Collaboration on International…

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The Challenge of Tackling Online Violence Against Women in Africa

By Evelyn Lirri |

The story of a 19-year-old student from Kenya who committed suicide after a man she met through Facebook threatened to publish her nude photos came to the limelight on the heels of the opening day of the Forum on Internet Freedom in East Africa, which took place in Kampala, Uganda.

The forum, organised by the Collaboration on International…

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