Internet Freedom

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Internet shutdowns are threatening democracy and development

The first case of Internet shutdown in sub-Saharan Africa was in Guinea in 2007. In the intervening years, light has been shone on the devastating impact of shutdowns across Africa.

Internet shutdowns are negatively affecting millions of Ethiopians

Internet shutdowns are not unusual in Ethiopia. Since 2016 the internet has been shut down at least six times. In 2019 alone, Ethiopia experienced three major internet disruptions across the country.

Internet shutdowns don't work

Shutting down or controlling access to the internet has become a go-to strategy among some African states who want to control the political narrative.

What if the Internet is shutdown during the elections in Nigeria?

Afrika has witnessed a fair share of Internet shutdowns especially around elections. With the upcoming Nigerian elections, it is better to be prepared just in case the government decides to shut down the Internet.

The Democratic Republic of Congo's Internet shutdown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) authorities shut down the Internet and other telecommunications services on 31 December 2018 in a bid to stop what they termed β€œrumor mongering."

Shining light on the "Dark Web"

Begun as part of efforts to preserve online anonymity and privacy, Freenet, Tor and the Invisible Internet Project are, like the rest of the web, home to both crime and free expression.

Benin has introduced a social media tax

Benin joins Uganda and other Afrikan in taxing citizens for using the Internet.