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Advancing Digital Rights Amidst Covid-19 in Uganda

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Uganda registered its first case of Covid-19 on the 21st March 2020. In order to curb the spread of the virus, different measures have been put in place. These include: restricting movements and crowds; partial lockdown; mandatory quarantine of suspects for 14 days; school closures, a public and private transport ban; a mandatory curfew; contact tracing initiatives; and the closure of borders and airports. While...

Compulsory e-learning in Namibia’s public schools: A commendable idea marred by the digital divide?

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Like much of the rest of the world, Namibia too came under a total economic and social shutdown, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. A national state of emergency was declared, and the nation joined the rest of the world in a sit and wait-it-out situation. With this situation, citizens experienced a sheer dilemma in every area of life – at a personal level, economic and survival matters, as well as their health...

COVID-19 exposes the damage of the ex-regime’s empowerment policy on ICTs and the impact of US sanctions against Sudan

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For decades, the internet has not reached all areas in Sudan; this year, out of a total population of 43 million, only 13.38 million are internet users. This is evidence that neither the previous nor current rulers made real efforts to implement the principles of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, such as citizens’ rights to access information on the internet, and that internet access should...

The gender digital divide and COVID-19: Towards feminist internet regulations in Southern Africa

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The full impact of COVID-19 is yet to be fully understood, and, while there are many unknowns, the rapid and continued reliance on the internet cannot be denied. The internet has been lauded as a lifeline and critical force during this global health crisis, but without equal and meaningful access to the internet, its ability to solve problems is limited. The gender digital divide in the Southern African region...

The shrinking of the digital space during the COVID-19 pandemic: Movement building and internet governance in North Africa

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The analysis of the sphere of movement building and internet governance in North Africa leads inevitably to assess the shrinking of digital space and online mobilisation during the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. North Africa – namely Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Western Sahara, Egypt, Libya and Mauritania – is a heated region of popular resistance and resilience movements. From the 1960s liberation wars against...

Women face internet access challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda

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This article analyses the challenge of internet access faced by women and other marginalised groups such as persons with disabilities in Uganda during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It discusses how limited or no access to the internet affects women’s digital human rights, as set out in the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms (African Declaration). The article deals with existing information...

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