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The Ugandan Parliament passed the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill which is social media tax legislation that is will take effect on 1st July.

This means that social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp will be subject to a daily tax. There will be also be a levy on mobile money phone subscriber using platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook 200 Ugandan shillings per day.

In the 2016 presidential election in Uganda the Ugandan authorities blocked access to social media sites such as Facebook, WhatsApp claiming that the sites would be used by the opposition to organize and mobilize people for protests. At this time mobile money services were also affected. Only about 5 million of around 42 million Ugandans have access to the banking sector leaving the rest to mobile money services.

The government claimed that it passed the legislation in order to raise revenue so as to offset the huge Ugandan national debt. Activists, lawyers and the peopl…
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MOZSPRINT: On May 10 and 11, 2018, Digital Grassroots participated in its first ever Hackathon through the Mozilla Open Leaders program. We had been prepared for the Mozilla Sprint since beginning the program in February and engaged in weekly webinars to learn building a roadmap, creating a canvas, building persona’s, including mentorships and meeting with experts in our respective field of Internet Governance. #Mozsprint summed up all 14 weeks of preparation and Digital Grassroots hosted our Mozilla Global Sprint in Nigeria, Kenya, and online.
The Nigerian hub for Mozilla Sprint was courtesy of American Corner in Lagos and hosted 38 participants on both days. In Kenya, we had 8 participants attend on the first day, and given that Digital Grassroots features young leaders from 9 countries, we were hacking away online on Github.
Mozilla Open Leaders was a game-changer for Digital Grassroots for many reasons. Straight out of the Internet Governance Forum at the United Nations of Geneva (U…

AruWSIG: Arusha Women School of Internet Governance

Arusha, Tanzania: The first ever Arusha Women’s School of Internet Governance (AruWSIG) took place on the 27th and 28th of April 2018 at Arusha Accountancy Institute (AAI). The event was organized by Digital Grassroots Tanzania country coordinator, Rebecca Ryakitimbo. Digital Grassroots President, Esther Mwema, travelled from Zambia to host a session at the maiden event that hosted 90 youth participants in Arusha, Tanzania.
Ms. Ryakitimbo is co-founder of Techchix Tanzania which organized the event in conjunction with the Center for Youth Empowerment and Leadership (Kenya) with support from Internet Society Tanzania Chapter, ICANN, ICANNwiki, dotAfrica, SIGediathon, Localization Lab, and Digital Grassroots. The young participants hailed from Arusha Accountancy Institution, Makumira, and Arusha Technical. The success of the first Arusha Women School of Internet Governance followed our first ever Kenya Youth Convening on Internet Governance in Nairobi in the same month.



Digital Grassroots in collaboration with the  Internet Society Kenya Chapter hosted the Kenya Convening on Internet Governance (KYCIG) on 14th April 2018 at NailabThe KYCIG was organized and coordinated by our very own Joy Wathagi Ndungu, who is the Vice President of Digital Grassroots. The Kenya Youth Convening on Internet Governance is a national, annual forum where youth engage in internet governance topics and join discussions with experts and their peers. Young people (18-25) year olds are first generation digital natives and yet when it comes to political discussions, most of them are not on the table. There is a need to change that. By educating young people on issues such as Internet Governance, privacy and security, and what it would take to connect the world, we are creating the next generation of Internet leaders. Objectives of the Kenya Youth Convening on Internet Governance are:-Build the capacity of young adults to part…


After three weeks of community engagement focused on Internet of Things, Local Content, and Local Policy discussions, our most competitive Ambassadors made it to the mentorship phase. Fifty DIGRA Ambassadors from every continent are being mentored by leaders in the Internet Governance space to prepare them for youth engagement in Internet Governance.

Digital Grassroots is honored by the dedication and volunteerism of the leaders collaborating with us to ensure our Ambassadors kickstart their youth engagement in Internet Governance. The 4 week mentorship phase will include topics on the role of youth in Internet Governance, identifying their stakeholder group, digital inclusion, networking in IG and shaping the future we want by contributing to a communique highlighting the needs of youth in local communities.

Meet our mentors, highlighted below in no particular order. Each of our mentors represent 9 different countries in 4 continents, collaborating via internet for capacity building …

Local Policies - DIGRA Ambassadors Program

The final week of training for Cohort 1 Digital Grassroots Ambassadors before the mentorship phase was on Internet for Economy. Following a take on Internet ofThings and Local Content, the youth channeled their community engagement to internet policies affecting their community.

Local policies are vital in building and maintaining the core values of a healthier internet. The openness and bottom-up approach of internet governance only works when every digital citizen participates and defends their digital rights, which includes human rights such freedom of expression and privacy.

DIGRA Ambassador Eileen said;

"Unfortunately, employers (use) your online identity as a prerequisite for hiring and during work as a way to control how you could be useful for the job... that is severe intrusion in our privacy. Social media representation of ourselves is not always accurate...
We can't forget that, as soon as we accept the terms and conditions to create a user in some online platform, we …


"The term local content is derived from two root words: local and content. From these two independent words, it is safe to define local content on the internet as the amount of information, articles and other materials online which people in the particular region can relate to. Increasing local content on the internet is one of the ways by which Africa at large can get increase participation and use of the internet."                                       -  Modupe Ojo, DIGRA Ambassador  -

In the second week of training, the Ambassadors took on the theme 'Internet for Social Life' and explored three topics including; Digital Citizen Identity, Digital Footprint, and Screen Time Management.

After an exciting week of community engagement on Internet of Things, they were now charged to investigate what it means to be a digital citizen in their local communities. In addition to being digital citizens, Ambassadors interviewed people in their communities what they thought a…

Internet of Things - DIGRA Ambassadors Program

Digital Grassroots works to proactively engage youth in addressing internet related issues in their communities through digital literacy, networking, and online activism. This month, we launched our maiden Digital Grassroots Ambassadors program. Our selected Ambassadors come from 36 countries across the globe and our gender distribution in the cohorts was 50/50.

The above cover photo from Wevyn Muganda proves youth are doing great things in their community through internet literacy and our program is fostered to create more community engagement through youth to eradicate issues online, which inevitably will increase wellbeing offline.

In reference to the photo, Wevyn writes:

'The biggest problem in the communities nearby now is the rise of online recruitment to violent extremism and radicalisation (Mombasa, Kenya). While recruitment is still taking place offline through recruiters, now it is moving to social media spaces. My colleagues and I conducted this training to empower the …