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Is Tanzania Becoming an Internet Freedom Predator?

By Juliet Nanfuka | Tanzania appears to be steadily sliding into a predator of critical social media users, as state authorities continue to arrest and prosecute users for expressing what many see as legitimate... 
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Report: Women’s Rights and the Internet in Uganda

By APC, CIPESA, WOUGNET | This submission is a joint stakeholder contribution to the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism for Uganda. This submission focuses on women’s rights... 
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Workshop Announcement: ICT in Governance – Kenya

Application | Interested in ICT? Interested in how it can be used to promote good governance in Kenya? Do you have your sights set on championing the path that ICT Governance in Kenya takes? Are you a... 
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The African Declaration is Key to Reach a Common Understanding of Online Rights Policy

By APC | “A fundamental challenge in need of urgent resolution in the digital age is how to protect human rights and freedoms on the Internet, and the African continent is no exception.” This is... 
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Analysis of Twitter Activity During the 2016 Presidential Debates in Uganda

By CIPESA Writer | The 2015/2016 electioneering season in Uganda set a precedent in the use of social media as a means for politicians to reach out and engage with citizens. It was the first time in Uganda... 
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Joint Letter on Internet Shutdown in Uganda

By Access Now | Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Mr. David Kaye, Mr. Joseph Cannataci, Mr. Maina Kiai, Mr. Michel Forst, Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula, and Ms. Reine Alapini-Gansou cc: African Union African Peer... 
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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... 
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Ugandans Turn to Proxies, VPN in Face of Social Media Shutdown

| By CIPESA Writer On the morning of the highly anticipated general elections in Uganda, citizens woke up to no access to social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp. The popular mobile phone-based... 
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New Year, Old Habits: Threats to Freedom of Expression Online in Kenya

By Juliet Nanfuka | The beginning of 2016 has been marked with a series of arrests and summonses of individuals in Kenya as a result of content shared through social media platforms. Contrary to the constitutional... 
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African Civil Society Urged to Take Active Role in ICANN

By Marilyn Vernon | Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are a key player in the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance. However, civil society has been absent from discussions on the technical coordination... 

Is Tanzania Becoming an Internet Freedom Predator?

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( 21st April 2016 ) By Juliet Nanfuka | Tanzania appears to be steadily sliding into a predator of critical social media users, as state authorities continue to arrest and prosecute users for expressing what many see as legitimate opinions. In recent months, the country’s newly elected government has used  a controversial new law  to prosecute at least seven social media users, in spite of  constitutional ... Read more »

Report: Women’s Rights and the Internet in Uganda

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( 28th March 2016 ) By APC, CIPESA, WOUGNET | This submission is a joint stakeholder contribution to the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism for Uganda. This submission focuses on women’s rights and the internet in Uganda. It explores the extent of implementation of the recommendations made in the previous cycle of the UPR and also identifies emerging concerns in Uganda regarding ... Read more »

Workshop Announcement: ICT in Governance – Kenya

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( 22nd March 2016 ) Application | Interested in ICT? Interested in how it can be used to promote good governance in Kenya? Do you have your sights set on championing the path that ICT Governance in Kenya takes? Are you a University Student in Kenya? If you answered yes to all, then this workshop is for YOU! The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East ... Read more »

The African Declaration is Key to Reach a Common Understanding of Online Rights Policy

African Declaration
( 15th March 2016 ) By APC | "A fundamental challenge in need of urgent resolution in the digital age is how to protect human rights and freedoms on the Internet, and the African continent is no exception.” This is the introduction to the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, an initiative joined by a diversity of organisations and individuals from the region to protect ... Read more »

Analysis of Twitter Activity During the 2016 Presidential Debates in Uganda

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( 1st March 2016 ) By CIPESA Writer | The 2015/2016 electioneering season in Uganda set a precedent in the use of social media as a means for politicians to reach out and engage with citizens. It was the first time in Uganda that a candidate announced they would run for President via YouTube and also saw candidate Yoweri Museveni (the incumbent) seek out a more ... Read more »

Joint Letter on Internet Shutdown in Uganda

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( 24th February 2016 ) By Access Now | Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Mr. David Kaye, Mr. Joseph Cannataci, Mr. Maina Kiai, Mr. Michel Forst, Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula, and Ms. Reine Alapini-Gansou cc: African Union African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Secretariat Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Secretariat Domestic & International Election Observer Missions to the Republic of Uganda East African Community Secretariat International Conference on the Great Lakes ... Read more »

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

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( 22nd February 2016 ) 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 ... Read more »

Ugandans Turn to Proxies, VPN in Face of Social Media Shutdown

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( 18th February 2016 ) | By CIPESA Writer On the morning of the highly anticipated general elections in Uganda, citizens woke up to no access to social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp. The popular mobile phone-based financial transaction service commonly known as Mobile Money was also offline. Tech-savvy Ugandans keen to keep information on the electioneering process flowing turned to sharing information on proxies and ... Read more »

New Year, Old Habits: Threats to Freedom of Expression Online in Kenya

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( 27th January 2016 ) By Juliet Nanfuka | The beginning of 2016 has been marked with a series of arrests and summonses of individuals in Kenya as a result of content shared through social media platforms. Contrary to the constitutional right to freedom of expression, the incidents that relate to up to 10 individuals illustrate the Kenya Government’s continued use of vague legal provisions to ... Read more »