Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

20 January 2018

Leaked Documents Show That Ethiopia’s Ruling Elites Are Hiring Social Media Trolls (And Watching Porn)

The leaks include a list of individuals who appear to have been paid to promote the ruling coalition on social media.

5 January 2018

What Happens at Maekelawi? Tales of Torture from an Ethiopian Detention Center Slated for Closure

"It turns out that the anguish of Ethiopian prisoners, something that appeared to be so distant in memory, is not that far off after all."

18 December 2017

#FreeNganang: Cameroonian Writer Patrice Nganang Detained in a Maximum Security Prison in Yaoundé

Cameroon needs intellectuals resolutely committed to the service of the people, the oppressed. Those who sacrifice their times, their energy, their money, their families, their children, to build change.

3 November 2017

Data and Democracy: What Role Did Cambridge Analytica Play in Kenya's Elections?

The data analysis company that helped Donald Trump's campaign claim victory in the US is working with Kenya's ruling party.

7 September 2017

Netizen Report: Togo Government Shuts Down Internet and SMS as Protests Escalate

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

27 July 2017

Is Free Basics Really Bringing More Africans Online? A Case Study From Ghana

A group of Global Voices contributors tested the Free Basics app in six countries across the globe this spring. Here's what we found in Ghana.

Can Facebook Connect the Next Billion?

New research by Global Voices tech and digital rights experts in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines exposes the ups and downs of Facebook's "Free Basics" app.

19 July 2017

Ethiopia's Music of Resistance Stays Strong, Despite Repression

Amid wide-scale protests and a violent government crackdown, Afan Oromo musicians have begun to rise as a visible — and audible — driving inspiration for the opposition movement.

14 July 2017

Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for ‘Inciting’ Song Lyrics

In the face of government repression, Afan Oromo musicians have risen as a visible -- and audible -- source of inspiration for the opposition movement.

25 June 2017

False Rumors of a Collapsed Tunnel in Madagascar Raise Questions about Cybercrime and Punishment

Moral of the story so far: No one is anonymous behind his screen; don’t take everything that is said on the internet at face value.