State of Internet Freedom in Africa 2016 - Case Studies from Select Countries on Strategies African Governments Use to Stifle Citizens’ Digital Rights

The report presents the findings of a study on what governments are doing to inhibit citizens’ access to ICT, for example content blocks, censorship, filtering, infrastructure control, law-making, court cases; how governments are using ICT activity and data to monitor citizens; and how government bodies and functionaries are using propaganda, impersonation, threats, cloning, and other tactics to shape online content in their favour.

Full country reports are available for ten countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The research was conducted as part of CIPESA’s OpenNet Africa initiative (, which monitors and promotes internet freedom in Africa.

Associated with principle

Internet Access and Affordability
Freedom Of Expression
Right To Information
Freedom of Assembly And Association And The Internet
Cultural And Linguistic Diversity
Right To Development And Access To Knowledge
Privacy And Personal Data Protection
Security, Stability And Resilience Of The Internet
Marginalised Groups And Groups At Risk
Right To Due Process
Democratic Multistakeholder Internet Governance