Stories about Kenya

Seven African governments employ surveillance spyware, says new study

Equatorial Guinea, Botswana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have employed surveillance technology from Circles, a firm affiliated with Israel's NSO Group, according to the report by Citizen Lab.

For journalists in Kenya, ‘2020 is the worst year on record’

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak in Kenya in March, more than 47 cases of arbitrary arrest, assault and harassment have been perpetrated against bloggers, online activists and human rights defenders.

A new game plays with ideas about how disinformation works in East Africa

"Chose Your Own Fake News" is an online game that teaches new internet users how to be more discerning about the information they receive and encounter in digital spaces.

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?

Taxed, throttled or thrown in jail: Africa’s new internet paradigm

Across the continent, the legal and economic costs of speaking up are rising.

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

One Country, Two Leaders and Four Censored TV Channels: Kenya's Political Crisis Takes a Toll on Human Rights

The illusion of an independent Kenyan media that is free from state interference has evaporated.

Kenyan TV Networks Censored for Airing Symbolic ‘Swearing In’ of Opposition Leader Raila Odinga

When Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga was symbolically—if not legally—sworn in as the "people's president" on January 30, three major broadcasting networks were unplugged by the Government of Kenya.

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.

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.

Netizen Report: In Kenya and Mexico, Citizens Suspect State Manipulation on Twitter

As social manipulation abounds on Twitter, Venezuela blocks more news websites, and Facebook heads to France to fight fake news.

Kenyan Government Allegedly Pays Social Media Influencers to Promote “GreedyDoctors” Hashtag

As allegations of social media manipulation surfaced, seven Kenyan Doctor’s Union officials were jailed for failing to call off an ongoing strike.

Kenyans Fear a Possible Internet Shutdown During 2017 Presidential Election

Kenya would be not the first country in Africa to shut down its Internet during elections -- Uganda and The Gambia have already gone this far.

National Bank of Kenya Takes Blogger to Court for “Defamatory” Blog Posts

The bank took Cyprian Nyakundi to court following a series of critical stories. Nyakundi calls himself a "Kenyan-based blogger who has an interest in politics, governance, corporate-fraud and human-interest stories."

Kenyan Blogger and Photographer Goes Missing

Before disappearing, he wrote on Facebook about how his arrest and 'terrorism suspect' label have destroyed his career and livelihood.

In Kenya, Banned Music Video Celebrating Same-Sex Love Stays on YouTube

The Kenya Film Classification Board has banned the video arguing that "it does not adhere to the morals of the country."

Netizen Report: From Egypt to Kenya to Venezuela, Online Political Speech Feels Riskier Than Ever

Social media activists face legal threats in Africa and Latin America, Malaysia blocks Medium over corruption coverage, and Saudi pulls back death sentence for Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh.

Kenyan Public Intellectual Accused of Using Hate Speech on Twitter

Kenyan political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi apologises to the Luo ethnic group and Law Society of Kenya head by offering a goat and a beer after attacking them on Twitter.

Kenyan Blogger Bogonko Bosire is Still Missing, Nearly Two Years After His Disappearance

Controversial Kenyan blogger Bogonko Bosire went missing two years ago. Kenyans have revived his search with the hashtag #WhereIsBogonkoBosire.

Arbitrary Arrests, Cybercrime, and Mass Mobile Adoption: Monitoring Digital Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Global Voices speaks to Tom Rhodes, the East Africa representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the state of freedom of expression online in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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