Stories about Uganda

Uganda's social media tax is leaving people disconnected — and failing to meet revenue targets

Prior to the tax's implementation, 47.4% of people in Uganda were using the internet. Three months later, that number had fallen to 35%.

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

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

Why are African governments criminalising online speech? Because they fear its power.

The noise we make on digital platforms scares oppressive regimes. In some cases, it can even force them to rescind their actions.

Netizen Report: Internet taxes are sweeping sub-Saharan Africa — and silencing citizens

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Access denied: How Uganda’s social media tax is turning news and information into luxury goods

For Uganda’s poorest residents, the new tax raises internet connection costs by 10%.

Uganda's tax on social media will widen the digital gender gap

"When I interviewed women living in...a slum in Kampala, I learned that for them, WhatsApp and Facebook are the internet...with the new tax, they will be cut off altogether."

Ugandans say #NoToSocialMediaTax because it exploits women, youth and the poor

Ugandans are saying #NoToSocialMediaTax because it is unconstitutional, increases poverty, targets youth, and exacerbates the digital divide.

#NoToSocialMediaTax: Join Global Voices for a July 9 tweetathon against Uganda's social media tax

Freedom is free, not taxed. Global Voices supports the #NotoSocialMediaTax campaign in Uganda.

Netizen Report: Uganda’s ‘WhatsApp tax’ and SIM card regulations will make it harder to stay connected

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Ugandan Government Plans to Tax Social Media Users for Too Much Gossip

"Uganda wants to profit where it did not invest. Social media owners gave it out for free and you wanna tax it?"

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