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Register for the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2018 (FIFAfrica18)

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We are excited to open registration for the upcoming Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2018 (FIFAfrica18) set to take place on 26-28 September, 2018 in Accra, Ghana. The Forum is a landmark event that convenes various stakeholders from the internet governance and online rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, access…

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

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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…

Oral Statement Delivered At The United Nations Human Rights Council

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Thank you, Mr. President.

This statement is delivered on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Derechos Digitales, and the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET).

As organisations committed to maintaining the use of the internet for human rights, social justice and sustainable development, we are concerned about…

Tanzanian Court Acquits Jamii Forums Founders on One of Three Charges

By Ashnah Kalemera |

A Tanzanian court has acquitted the founders of popular online discussion platform Jamii Forums, who were charged over failure to comply with a police order to disclose the identity of two users of their platform.

The magistrate’s court at Kisitu in the capital Dar es Salaam found that Maxence Melo and Micke William had no case to answer in…

Kenyan President Should Not Sign Cybercrime Bill into Law

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Nairobi, May 10, 2018 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law a cybercrimes bill that was recently passed by the National Assembly because it will stifle press freedom.

On April 26, 2018, the National Assembly approved the Computer and Cybercrimes Bill, 2017. The bill, among other provisions, criminalizes the publication of false…

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…

Chad is Blocking Social Media and Messaging Apps Again

Paris, April 5, 2018: Internet Without Borders is alarmed by the current shutdown of social media platforms and messaging services including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber and important news website such as BBC, in Chad.

This new case of censorship comes just a few days after Internet Without Borders and partners submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council, on Human Rights violations…

More Ugandans now Own Mobile Phones

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KAMPALA- Almost 24.8m or 70.9 per cent of Ugandans own mobile phones, a report by the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U), has revealed.

The report dubbed the National IT Survey 2017/2018, sampled 2,700 people among government ministries, departments, agencies, local governments and households across the country in 2017.

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) 2014 Access and Usage of Communication Services Across Uganda…

DRC Activists Take on Vodacom & Others Over Internet Shutdowns

Complaint against Telecommunication Companies in DRC.

Telecommunications’ multinational companies are accused of:

Interrupting or interfering with access to the Internet, without any explanation or reimbursement. This constitutes a failure to accomplish own obligation to supply services to Congolese who had paid for megabytes in exchange for the promise of guaranteed free usage, accordingly.
Refusing to communicate or notify clients about negative incidents that…

Chad restores internet access after shutdown

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Internet access has been restored in Chad after the government ordered a shutdown in response to national protest action backed by trade unions and civil society organisations using social media. The organisation Internet Without Borders said shutting down the internet has become a classic security tactic adopted by the Chadian government.

“By cutting internet access, the Chadian government is violating human rights and…