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Friday, June 14 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Kunyamazisha: Gagging online free speech in Sub-Saharan Africa

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This session aims to evaluate the state of internet freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa. How netizens are being denied the right to free speech or forced into silence. This will be achieved by straddling both research and practice in our discussion. Hence the main goal of this session is summarised below: 1. To discuss research conducted by DefendDefenders in collaboration with OONI, "Uganda's Social Media Tax through the lens of network measurements” and a creative campaign by Pollicy on perceptions and behaviours by Ugandan citizens to the social media tax passed in July 2018. To carry on the conversation on how to collaboratively create long-term solutions to rampant repressive policies curbing internet freedom across African countries. 2.Share experiences from countries where internet is taxed so as to obtain a clear picture on their impact to internet penetration. Leverage and explore potential frameworks, advocacy strategies that can be taken by stakeholders to revoke and influence change in current policies. Usage of current evidence from monitoring the incidents of violation of digital rights as a means to advocate for policies that protect the online community such as data protection and digital right with proof, way forward and action plans.

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Bulanda Nkhowani

Program Officer Southern Africa, Paradigm Initiative
Bulanda Tapiwa Nkhowani is a writer, researcher and public policy enthusiast with a focus on Internet governance, digital rights and digital inclusion, and is actively involved in Internet governance policy forums and discussions at all levels. Bulanda is passionate about providing... Read More →

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Nwachukwu Egbunike

Community Manager Sub-Saharan Africa, Global Voices
My scholarly and journalist writings revolves around social media, politics/ political participation, online free speech and ethnicity. I am the author of "Hashtags: social media, politics and ethnicity in Nigeria".
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Neema Iyer

Founder, Pollicy
Civic Technologist, working on the data revolution in Uganda (and East Africa), Digital Rights, Creative Media, Open Data! Come say hi!
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Rebecca Ryakitimbo

Google Policy Fellow-East Africa, Paradigm Innitiative

Friday June 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am BST
Celtic (Palais)