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Police Arrest Engineering Student for ‘Insulting’ President Lungu on Facebook

Police are holding g a 35 year old male student of DMI St Eugene University in Lusaka identified as Edward Makayi in connection with Publication of Defamatory Statements on his Facebook page created in the name Royson Edwards M.

Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo said the suspect is a student in the School of Engineering at the said University.

Mrs Katongo said the…

Hard Questions: Hate Speech

Who should decide what is hate speech in an online global community?
By Richard Allan & VP EMEA|

As more and more communication takes place in digital form, the full range of public conversations are moving online — in groups and broadcasts, in text and video, even with emoji. These discussions reflect the diversity of human experience: some are enlightening and informative, others…

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…

Should Internet-based Firms Explain Terms and Conditions to Users?

By Kofi Yeboah

There are many users of internet based platforms, like Facebook and Google, who are unaware of the existence of the terms and conditions that are available on the platform websites for users to familiarise themselves with and understand. The terms and conditions outline what is expected of both parties in agreement and also what both parties can and…

Social Media Activist Sentenced for Facebook Comment

Abdoul Moumouni Ousmane, a social media and civil society activist in Niger, has been given a six month suspended sentence by a High Court in Niamey for criticising the government’s response to the Boko Haram insurgency in the country via Facebook.

The court also imposed a fine of fifty thousand Francs (about 100 dollars) on Abdoul Moumouni, who is also the…

Man to Pay Sh7m Fine for Magufuli Facebook Insult

By Bertha Ismail| @TheCitizenTz,

Arusha — A 40-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in jail or pay a fine of Sh7 million after he was found guilty of insulting President John Magufuli on his Facebook page.
The Arusha Resident Magistrate’s Court convicted Issac Abakuki on Wednesday after he admitted committing the offence.

African Women’s Safety Online in the Sustainable Development Goals Era

By Ashnah Kalemera |

On March 8, the world will commemorate International Women’s Day under the  theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”. According to the United Nations, the theme is a reflection of the Sustainable Development Goals related to gender equality and empowerment of all girls and women. However, affronts to women’s rights over the years have…

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…

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…