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Beyond social-media wasteland

Social-media platforms today are entering their teenage years: they have a history but lack maturity COMMENT | MATT LOCKE | On May 9, 1961, then-Chair of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Newton Minow delivered a transformative speech to the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, DC. Now known as …

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East African law society sues Uganda gov’t over internet shutdown

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT  |  The East African Law Society has sued the government of Uganda seeking compensation to everyone affected for its alleged illegal actions of shutting down the internet during the just concluded general elections. The law society that brings together more than 18,000 lawyers from seven East …

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Zambian gov’t expresses concern over abuse of cyberspace

Lusaka, Zambia | THE INDEPENDENT |  The Zambian government on Monday expressed concern that abuse of cyberspace has continued despite heightened campaigns against the vice. Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya said the government was concerned with the rampant abuse and called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to ensure that citizens …

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Internet shutdown facilitated free and fair election – Museveni

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT  |  President Yoweri Museveni has defended his government’s decision to shut down the internet, days before the January 14 general election. This is in an affidavit filed in response to a petition by Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu, his main challenger in the just concluded elections. In his …

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Ugandans cautioned about dangers of using VPN

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Ugandans could have surrendered their data privacy to unknown people over the last two weeks since the government shut down social media access.  The shutdown of the internet on the eve of the presidential and parliamentary elections forced Ugandans to find ways of communicating, and …

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