· December, 2019

Stories about Advocacy from December, 2019

30 December 2019

Data protection policy void threatens privacy rights of citizens and refugees in Jordan

Jordan is considering a data protection bill. Will its adoption reinforce privacy protections in the country?

Longest internet disruption in Myanmar’s Rakhine state sets dangerous precedent

"There has been no evidence that the disproportionate decision has had any positive effect on reducing the conflict, which remains pervasive."

What lies ahead for the RuNet in 2020?

Interview with Alexander Isavnin, a researcher at the Internet Protection Society, on the Russian government's next steps to regulate and control cyberspace.

24 December 2019

Nigerian government orders release of Omoyele Sowore, journalist and human rights activist

Omoyele Sowore was arrested in August on charges of treason, money laundry and harassing President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. He has been in jail despite court pronouncements ordering his release.

Kenya now has a data protection law. What does this mean for netizens?

Will Kenya’s new data protection law protect the rights of citizens? Or will it serve as a conduit to acquire, store and use data in the digital capitalism food chain?

Has Russia influenced the general elections in Mozambique?

The suspicions about Russia began before the elections with the publication of an electoral poll that gave clear victory for Frelimo.

13 December 2019

Interview with Bektour Iskender, co-founder of Kyrgyz outlet under attack for corruption investigation

The story's whistleblower was shot dead in Istambul in November, and Kloop.kg battles a defamation lawsuit.

Ethiopia: Stop hate speech, not free speech

Ethiopia's new hate speech bill aims to "tackle the erosion of the nation’s social cohesion, political stability and national unity." But digital rights advocates say it threatens democracy.

12 December 2019

Taxing dissent: Uganda’s social media dilemma

Uganda’s social media tax essentially amounted to an internet shutdown, driving thousands offline and silencing dissent for others.

10 December 2019

Ahead of 2020 elections in Ghana, citizens fight against extreme surge in data costs

The increased Communication Service Tax to 9% will create a huge barrier to affordability, increase existing digital inequalities and will be disproportionately felt in rural areas and among women.

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