Open Internet News

4th March 2020

Silencing Critical Voices: Our Online Civic Space is Shrinking

By Digital Shelter |

Somalia had recorded steady growth in telephone penetration – with 7.6 mobile subscribers. However, internet penetration remains low – 2% as at 2017, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The adoption of technology has expanded civic space in the post conflict era, with social media platforms and blogs empowering journalists, activists and human rights defenders to document and report human abuses, mobilize…

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3rd March 2020

To Grow a Digital Economy, Build an Internet for Everyone

News Update |
Good broadband policy today is the key to a strong, thriving digital economy in the future.
Broadband policy issues are often discussed as an afterthought or as a promising proposal for technological revolution with minimal investment. Broadband policy is a smart investment – when done right. Done wrong, it leaves unaffordable data and handset costs – keeping people offline…

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25th February 2020

Popi Act Delay May Leave Your Data Vulnerable

News Update |

Personal information is so valuable that data has been described as “the new oil”. Although some regulators have stepped in to ensure that those who marshal our personal information operate transparently and are held accountable, South Africa’s personal protections are lagging dangerously.

The Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia) was signed into law in 2013 but is still not…

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22nd February 2020

iWatch Africa Launches Digital Rights Initiative to Tackle Online Harassment in Ghana

iWatch Africa News Update |

iWatch Africa, a non-profit organization, has launched a digital rights initiative in Accra to curb online harassment experienced by human rights activists and journalists in Ghana.

iWatch Africa in collaboration with the Commission on Human Rights Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the police will monitor and prosecute individuals who use various online platforms to trample on the fundamental…

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21st February 2020

Togo/Election, Risque De Coupure D’Internet:Une Coalition Internationale Saisit La Ministre Cina Lawson

Togo Election Update |

« Nous avons reçu des informations que votre gouvernement prévoit de couper l’internet au cours des prochaines élections au Togo. Au nom de plus de 210 organisations de plus de 70 pays qui constituent la coalition KeepItOn, nous voudrions faire appel à vous, Madame la Ministre, pour que vous assuriez que l’internet, y compris les réseaux sociaux et…

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New Mali Cybercrime Law Potentially Problematic to Digital Rights

By Simone Toussi |

On December 5, 2019, the president of Mali promulgated Law n° 2019-056 on the Suppression of Cybercrime. Although timely and relevant, a number of provisions pose potential threats to privacy and freedom of expression online, especially in view of Mali’s democracy deficits and low press freedom ranking.

The new law, applies to “any offence committed by means of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)…

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La nouvelle loi du Mali sur la cybercriminalité potentiellement problématique pour les droits numériques

Par Simone Toussi |

Le 5 décembre 2019, le président du Mali a promulgué la loi n° 2019-056 portant Répression de la Cybercriminalité. Bien qu’opportune et pertinente, certaines de ses dispositions constituent des menaces potentielles à la vie privée et la liberté d’expression en ligne, en particulier, compte tenu des défaillances démocratiques du Mali et de son faible classement en matière…

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20th February 2020

Court Dismisses Bloggers’ Cybercrime Law Case

Kenya Court Update |

High Court Judge James Makau has dismissed a case filed by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) that challenged the constitutionality of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act.

He issued the judgment Thursday morning, saying the petition was unwarranted and had lifted sections which had earlier been suspended by the court.

BAKE had moved to court to challenge the…

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