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Impact of digital technologies on the civic space

As the recent Uganda elections example affirms, digital technologies are not going anywhere, and unless we act now, they will continue to be used by repressive governments and other actors to not only maintain the status quo but also erode the gains being made by people to challenge this.

Questions around WhatsApp's Privacy Policy in South Africa as it announces new desktop app

WhatsApp announces video and voice calls on its desktop app as it is being questioned by South African policymakers around its Privacy Policy.

Facebook has announced new security features to protect journalists

New Facebook security features for journalists have been announced. They are aimed at protecting journalists' Facebook and Instagram accounts against harassment and potential hacking threats.

Facebook explains how it's enforcing community rules

Facebook has revealed its Community Standards Enforcement Report for the period of October 2020 through December 2020. The report tracks Facebook's progress and commitment to making Facebook and Instagram safe and inclusive.

Facebook is looking to de-platform GovChat from WhatsApp

Eldrid Jordaan, founder, and CEO of South African citizen engagement platform, GovChat, has asked the Competition Tribunal to stop Facebook from de-platforming his company's access to the WhatsApp Business API.

The omniscient platforms

Despite us, as individuals not liking any other person to stalk us, we somehow are comfortable with digital platforms collecting all sorts of data on us and constantly monitoring us in the background.

Some insights from Morocco on how smartphones are supporting migration

Research reveals that smartphones supported migration flows from Morocco by providing migrants with access to online information before and during travel and when they arrived at their destination country.