internet shutdown

High Court Sets aside Internet Shutdown Directives

Zimbabwe News Update |

High Court judge Justice Owen Tagu on 21 January 2019 ruled that the Minister of State in the President’s Office Responsible for National Security does not have the authority to issue any directives in terms of the Interception of Communications Act.

This means that the directives issued by Minister Owen Ncube to shut down the Internet in Zimbabwe…

International Campaign to bring back Internet in Chad

News update |
Internet Without Borders launches an international campaign against Internet censorship in Chad, to act against the blocking of social media and the high cost of Internet access in this landlocked country located in Central Africa.
Deployed online and offline, the campaign will begin on January 19, 2019 with demonstrations in Paris, N’djamena, a fundraising to purchase VPN access for Chadian…

CIPESA and OpenNet Africa Join Public Call Against Internet Shutdown in Zimbabwe

By Juliet Nanfuka |

Zimbabwe has experienced a shutdown of social media platforms and major websites as of January 15, 2019 following public protests against a 150% increase in fuel prices. The protests have resulted in the death of at least eight people and arrest of up to 200 others. The disruptions to online communications were reported on social media and also confirmed by network measurements conducted by Netblocks.

https://twitter.com/netblocks/status/1085100824970313729

The…

Sudan has Blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to Counter Anti-govt protests

By Abdi Latit Dahir |

Sudan’s government is looking to the internet as one way to quell swelling protests all over the country.

For over a week now, protesters in major cities have demonstrated against rising bread prices besides soaring inflation and shortages in fuel. To remedy the dire economic and political situation, marchers have called on president Omar al-Bashir, who has…

“What Next for Advocacy Against Network Disruptions?”

By David Sullivan |
Few events bring together the multitude of actors with a stake in tough technology and human rights challenges quite like the Internet Governance Forum, or IGF. The 2018 edition, held in Paris and hosted by UNESCO, was no exception, with nearly 2,000 delegates from 143 countries. It was a particularly suitable setting for the Global Network Initiative, or…

Mali: Internet Mobile Inaccessible Avant les résultats de la présidentielle (AFP)

Mali News Update |

Internet était inaccessible jeudi matin à Bamako sur les réseaux mobiles, quelques heures avant la proclamation du vainqueur de l’élection présidentielle, ont constaté des journalistes de l’Agence France-Presse.

“Ma 3G ne marche pas depuis hier soir. Le Wifi à la maison, sur une ligne fixe Malitel marche plutôt bien pour le moment”, a indiqué en début de matinée…

NetBlocks and CIPESA to launch COST tool at the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa

Announcement |

LONDON — Today, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and digital rights group NetBlocks are announcing plans for the Africa launch of the Cost of Shutdown Tool – COST, at the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2018, set to take place 26 – 28 September, 2018, in Accra, Ghana.

The tool, developed by NetBlocks…

MFWA to Co-Host Africa’s Biggest Internet Freedom Event

Announcement |

From September 26 to 28, 2018, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) will co-host Africa’s biggest Internet freedom forum in Accra, Ghana.  The annual convening, which is dubbed Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) brings together key stakeholders in the Internet governance and online/digital rights environment from the continent and beyond.

The MFWA will be hosting the forum jointly with…

Uncertainty Over How Uganda’s New Social Media Tax Will be Collected

By Juliet Nanfuka |

On May 30, 2018, Uganda’s parliament passed the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill 2018, which will see users of Over-The-Top (OTT) services that include messaging and voice calls via Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and Viber pay a mandatory fee of UGX 200 (USD 0.05) per day of use. In another move that could hit affordability, stifle innovation, and undermine the role…

African Governments Mark World Press Freedom Day with Crackdown Against Online Journalism

When Uganda in April ordered Internet service providers to shut down all news sites that had not been authorized by the communications regulator, it was the latest attempt by President Yoweri Museveni’s government to constrict the space for independent media. The regulator said that only 14 online publishers had met the requirements to remain online, including a USD 20 fee and an interpol clearance certificate. If the directive is…