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Tough New Election Reporting Rules for Tanzania’s Bloggers

By Wairagala Wakabi | Tanzania has introduced tough guidelines for broadcasters and online content providers including bloggers, as the country heads to the October 2015 elections at which observers say... 
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Forum on Internet Freedom in East Africa

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), under the OpenNet Africa initiative, is proud to announce the upcoming Forum on Internet Freedoms in East Africa. The... 
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CIPESA Promotes Digital Safety Awareness and Skills for Media Practitioners in Kenya

By Marilyn Vernon & Liz Orembo | Threats to citizens’ access to information, privacy, security and freedom of expression online are increasingly coming under scrutiny in East Africa. According to... 
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Hunting Down Social Media ‘Abusers’ in Uganda as Elections Near

By CIPESA Staff | As Uganda draws closer to the February 2016 presidential elections, the fever of anxiety in government corridors is rising. Over the years, election periods have seen a crackdown on... 
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Promoting e-participation in Western Uganda

By ToroDev Staff Writer | Radio has proved to be a key tool in promoting public accountability and improved service delivery in the Rwenzori region of western Uganda. Toro Development Network (ToroDev),... 
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Data Revolution – The Reality for African Countries

By Aroob Syedah Iqbal | IBM, the American multinational technology and consulting firm, reports that 2.5 quintillion (10^18) bytes of data are being generated everyday through search engines, social media... 

Using Technology to Advance Human Rights in Kenya

By Catherine Kamatu | Joseph Kitaka, a resident of Yatta in Machakos County, Kenya, has always had an interest in defending human rights. His community is faced with numerous challenges, including gender-based... 
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Update on the State of Internet Freedom in Burundi

By Jean Paul Nkurunziza and Alain Ndikumana | Following on from the State of Internet Freedoms in Burundi 2014 report published last May, this brief presents an update on Information and Communication... 
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OpenNet Africa Challenge Uncovers Gaps in Digital Safety Tools

By Ashnah Kalemera | There are numerous tools which can secure online users’ communications, including through anonymising their identities and enabling them to circumvent online surveillance and censorship.... 
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Promoting inclusive use of ICT in monitoring service delivery in Uganda

By Lillian Nalwoga | For true democracy to flourish there is need for government transparency, greater access to public information, and inclusion of citizens’ voices in decision-making processes. The... 

Tough New Election Reporting Rules for Tanzania’s Bloggers

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( 18th August 2015 ) By Wairagala Wakabi | Tanzania has introduced tough guidelines for broadcasters and online content providers including bloggers, as the country heads to the October 2015 elections at which observers say the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), faces its strongest challenge ever. Titled ‘The Broadcasting Services (Content) (The Political Party Elections Broadcasts) Code 2015’, the rules were gazetted on June 26, 2015 ... Read more »

Forum on Internet Freedom in East Africa

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( 2nd August 2015 ) The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), under the OpenNet Africa initiative, is proud to announce the upcoming Forum on Internet Freedoms in East Africa. The two-day Forum is scheduled for  28 – 29 September 2015,  in Kampala, Uganda, to coincide with the International Right to Know Day. During the Forum, we’ll discuss the current state of internet freedoms ... Read more »

CIPESA Promotes Digital Safety Awareness and Skills for Media Practitioners in Kenya

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( 23rd July 2015 ) By Marilyn Vernon & Liz Orembo | Threats to citizens’ access to information, privacy, security and freedom of expression online are increasingly coming under scrutiny in East Africa. According to the World Press Freedom Index, Kenya who was ranked number 71 out of 180 countries in 2013, dropped 29 places to number 100 in 2014. Meanwhile, cybercrime is also on the ... Read more »

Hunting Down Social Media ‘Abusers’ in Uganda as Elections Near

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( 7th July 2015 ) By CIPESA Staff | As Uganda draws closer to the February 2016 presidential elections, the fever of anxiety in government corridors is rising. Over the years, election periods have seen a crackdown on social media, voices critical of the ruling party, and independent media in the guise of promoting public order and unity as well as preventing the spread of false information. This, however, ... Read more »

Promoting e-participation in Western Uganda

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( 3rd July 2015 ) By ToroDev Staff Writer | Radio has proved to be a key tool in promoting public accountability and improved service delivery in the Rwenzori region of western Uganda. Toro Development Network (ToroDev), a non-governmental organisation that trains marginalised communities on service delivery monitoring and participation in governance processes, has reached wide audiences by supplementing their radio activities with additional Information and ... Read more »

Data Revolution – The Reality for African Countries

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( 29th June 2015 ) By Aroob Syedah Iqbal | IBM, the American multinational technology and consulting firm, reports that 2.5 quintillion (10^18) bytes of data are being generated everyday through search engines, social media check-ins, internet purchases and much more. The data being generated is at such an unprecedented rate that an estimated 90% of the data in the world today was created in the ... Read more »

Using Technology to Advance Human Rights in Kenya

( 17th June 2015 ) By Catherine Kamatu | Joseph Kitaka, a resident of Yatta in Machakos County, Kenya, has always had an interest in defending human rights. His community is faced with numerous challenges, including gender-based violence, police brutality and many other human rights violations. Mr. Kitaka had little hope of utilising Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to advance his ambition in bettering his community, ... Read more »

Update on the State of Internet Freedom in Burundi

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( 16th June 2015 ) By Jean Paul Nkurunziza and Alain Ndikumana | Following on from the State of Internet Freedoms in Burundi 2014 report published last May, this brief presents an update on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) access, the legal and regulatory policies and practices that affect internet freedoms in the Burundi. It covers the period from March 2014 to May 2015. Notably, Burundi has been rocked by a ... Read more »

OpenNet Africa Challenge Uncovers Gaps in Digital Safety Tools

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( 15th June 2015 ) By Ashnah Kalemera | There are numerous tools which can secure online users’ communications, including through anonymising their identities and enabling them to circumvent online surveillance and censorship. In some cases, developers have gone on to localise such tools to suit various contexts. However, the tools’ relevance to certain populations and how best to improve them for a diverse range of ... Read more »