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Online Chat On Internet Shutdowns

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On Friday December 15, 2017, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) will spend some time sharing insights on internet shutdowns. Between 15h00 and 16h00 East African Time (EAT) we will explore the spate of shutdowns affecting Sub-Saharan Africa and the efforts to navigate them.
Have you experienced an internet shutdown? Are you experiencing a shutdown? What…

Using FIFAfrica17 Conversations To Drive Change

By Martha Chilongoshi |

The Africa I want is one that embraces diversity, promotes freedom of expression, values the right to information and prioritizes the elimination of all forms of discrimination on the basis of gender.

For my ideal Africa to be realized, actions, initiatives and conversations that challenge the status quo and disrupt structural systems which hinder development are very vital…

Strategic Litigation, an Answer to Preventing Internet Shutdowns?

The 2017 Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (#FIFAfrica17) was a great platform to learn more about the issues plaguing the African Internet space. The event was also a super platform to interact with some of Africa’s sharpest Internet activists and explore opportunities for collaborative interventions for advancing internet freedom on the continent.

From the Strategic Digital Rights Litigation training workshop,…

Internet Restored in Togo after Five Days’ Shutdown

The Togolese authorities have restored the Internet in the country after five days of disruption amidst agitations from the opposition coalition for political reforms.

WhatsApp, Facebook and other internet services were restored on September 10, 2017 after being disrupted on September 5, a day before the mass opposition demonstrations. The disruption lasted five days.

The disruption was greeted with widespread condemnation and calls…

Congo Orders Internet Slowdown to Restrict Social Media

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Congolese authorities ordered internet capacity be slowed down so that it cannot be used to transmit images via social media, a senior telecoms official based in Kinshasa said.
The move comes as opposition is growing to President Joseph Kabila, who refused to step down when his mandate expires in December, with nationwide strikes planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.
On…

Ethiopia Shut Down the Country’s Internet to Beat Exam Cheats

By Abdi Latit Dahir|

Ethiopia shut down the internet on Tuesday (May 30) ahead of a scheduled national examination that was due to take place in the country on Wednesday.

Social media users noted that the internet service was interrupted from around 7 pm on Tuesday—reportedly to prevent exam leaks. About 1.2 million students are taking the grade 10 national exams, with…

Zambia’s Mixed Record on ICT Access and Free Expression Online

By Ashnah Kalemera |

The first-ever Lusaka Internet Forum (LIF17) was hosted in Zambia’s capital on May 10-11 as a platform for discussing the various factors impacting internet use in the country, particularly in driving agricultural sustainability, gender equality and freedom of expression online.

The southern African country presents a mixed record: ICT access is growing (a mobile phone penetration rate of…

Internet Restored In Cameroon: A Victory For Citizens, But Vigilance Remains

Paris April 21, 2017 – Internet Without Borders welcomes with relief the news on the restoration of Internet connectivity in the North West and Southwest regions of Cameroon, ordered by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, on April 20, 2017.

Since January 17, 2017, 20 percent of the population of this country bordering Nigeria and Chad were cut from Internet…

The Evolution of Internet Shutdowns in DR Congo

By Arsene Tungali |

In the past seven years, citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have experienced a series of intentional interruptions to online communications, affecting the exercise of rights to freedom of expression and information as well as access to services.

The first shutdown of digital communications reported in DRC was in December 2011. The shutdown affected SMS, and…

DRC: Zeid Calls For Rights To Be Upheld As President’s Mandate Nears End

GENEVA | A planned shutdown of social media in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Sunday evening ahead of the end of President Joseph Kabila’s mandate, coupled with a continuing ban on demonstrations by civil society and the opposition, is deeply alarming, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Saturday.

“We are especially concerned as Monday…