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Ugandans see Social Media as Beneficial and want Unrestricted Access, but are Wary of its Use to Spread Fake News

In Uganda, restrictions on Internet and social media use are becoming common. Since 1 July 2021, Internet users have begun paying a 12% tax on Internet data, in addition to an 18% valued added tax. The Internet tax replaces the over-the-top tax, pop…

COVID-19 Pandemic in Uganda

The youth question in Uganda cannot be more pronounced than the recently concluded elections of 2021. 80 percent of the Ugandan population is 30 years and below. Also, 70 percent of the Uganda voting population is below 40 years. This made the just …

Sudan's Bad Laws, Internet Censorship and Repressed Civil Liberties

This brief explores the repressive elements of media and technology-related laws in Sudan and how they have been used to undermine freedom of expression and other civil liberties in the aftermath of President Omar al-Bashir’s April 2019 overthrow. F…

Towards an Accessible and Affordable Internet in Africa: Key Challenges Ahead

The internet plays a vital role in the realisation of human development and facilitates the enjoyment of several human rights and freedoms, including the right to freedom of expression and information, the right to education, the right to assembly a…

Digital Taxation in Uganda: A Hindrance to Inclusive Access and Use of Digital Technologies

The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in Uganda contributes up to 9% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Research shows that the sector has the potential to contribute to the country’s socio-economic transformation through inn…

Limited Access to Electricity and Digital Technologies a Barrier to E-Learning in Uganda

On March 15, 2020, Uganda’s government ordered the closure of all primary and secondary schools, universities, and other educational institutions to stem the spread of COVID-19, keeping approximately 15 million children out of school. Twelve months …

Intersectional Inequality Inhibits Digital Substitution aimed at Mitigating COVID-19 Effects in South Africa

The social distancing and lockdown measures that were put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 has led to an inevitable surge in the uptake of digital services globally. The lockdown policies, aimed at decelerating cases of COVID-19, resulted in …

Curtailing State Extremism in Data Governance: African Context

This brief examines the implications of emerging threats to good data governance in Africa, as it relates to restrictive data policies and abuse of state power. Based on our analysis of data regulations/policy documents, studies by industry experts,…

Can One Improve Now-casts of Crop Prices in Africa? Google can.

With increasing Internet user rates across Africa, there is considerable interest in exploring new, online data sources. Particularly, search engine metadata, i.e. data representing the contemporaneous online-interest in a specific topic, has gained…

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