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‘Digital authoritarianism’ threatening basic rights in Africa, study says

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From internet shutdowns and online surveillance to social media taxes and arrests for anti-government posts, “digital authoritarianism” is a threat to basic freedoms and...

ISS: Uganda’s social media battleground is not just an African trend

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Elections are a reminder that free speech must be weighed up against information warfare when considering restrictions. In the earlier days of Ugandan Yoweri Museveni’s...

Ugandans lose voice, digital rights in pre-poll blackout

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Uganda’s ban on social media days before presidential elections shows a rattled president flexing power over the Internet at the expense of free speech...

Uganda orders all social media to be blocked – letter

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Uganda ordered internet service providers to block all social media platforms and messaging apps on Tuesday until further notice, a letter from the country’s...

ISS: Kidnapping in South Africa: rely on data not social media

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Statistics on the motives for kidnapping and who is most at risk are both surprising and concerning. Few crimes strike fear into South Africans as...

UCT cyber analysts uncover campaign to promote xenophobia on Twitter

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There is a coordinated attempt to manipulate conversations with a xenophobic tone on South African social media platforms, analysts from the Centre for Analytics...

Countering the extremist message

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Radio shows, WhatsApp groups, after-school programs and even comic books take aim at radical groups The social media app TikTok is aimed at teenagers, who...

Egypt jails five women influencers over TikTok posts

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An Egyptian court sentenced five female social media influencers to two years each in prison on Monday after finding them guilty of promoting immorality...

Uncontrolled use of social networks a security risk for the SANDF

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The uncontrolled use of social media networks poses security risks to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and other military forces, according to...

Fringe groups undermine democracy via social media

Social media has become a hotbed of extremism, used to undermine democracy, a think tank said, calling for reforms to restore trust in government...

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SANDF missing the communication target

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Former defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on a number of occasions said words to the effect South Africans have to decide what...