Online freedom

By Nwachukwu Egbunike | Africa’s landscape of online free speech and dissent is gradually, but consistently, being tightened. In legal and economic terms, the cost of speaking out is rapidly rising across the continent. While most governments are considered democratic in that they hold elections with multi-party candidates and profess participatory ideals, in practice, many operate […] Read More

By Netblocks’ Writer | At the 2018 Forum for Internet Freedom in Africa in Accra, Ghana, NetBlocks is demonstrating new tools and methodologies to defend human rights, empowering local communities and creating a space for open and progressive policies for internet access and telecommunications. In a joint panel on data-driven advocacy on Friday, NetBlocks along […] Read More

The internet and indeed social media plays a key role in improving communication between citizens, government-to-government interactions and at government-to-citizen level. Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and MySpace, has the potential to improve governance and democracy practices. Accordingly, the Uganda government through the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) has developed guidelines […] Read More

With internet usage continuing to spread across Africa, there are numerous purposes to which African users are putting the internet – from mobile banking, to connecting with fellow citizens and with leaders, tracking corruption and poor service delivery, innovating for social good, and just about everything else. The increasing usage of the internet, however, has […] Read More