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 services.mobile 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…
John Madayese was a Digital Grassroots Ambassador from Cohort 1 and now he is part of a team within the IGF Youth Ambassadors Program. The group is composed by Lilian Kamara, Francis Bizoza, Conrad Ekisa. and John Madayese.
One of the topics they were more interested in was Internet Principles and the impact of technology in Internet. This is the article they produced for the said program.
How Technology Shapes Internet Principles Tim Berners-Lee
points out, “There was a time when people felt that the internet was another
world, but now people realize it’s a tool that we use in this world.” Internet
has become integrated into the lives of human, any human without an internet
today looks like someone who is not living. The internet was built upon certain
non-negotiable features upon which it takes its foundation. These are called
invariants and include global reach, general purpose, innovation without
requiring permission, accessibility, interoperability, collaboration,
technology and n…
The fifth Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) took place in April 1-5 in Valencia, Spain. The annual event is known for hosting activists, journalists, technologies and human rights defenders from around the world as a safe space to work together and express their opinions freely. Digital Grassroots President, Esther, was this years IFF Community Development fellow for the Next Net theme.
At this fifth year celebration of the festival, Digital Grassroots hosted three sessions including; "Feminist Internet: Current Situation and Challenges", "Emerging Technologies and the Future of the Workplace" and "Youth Participation in Internet Governance".
On the Feminist Internet Session, our Communications Director Eileen Cejas, Programs Director Noha Ashraf and Chenai Chair made storytelling about different issues that needs to be tackled urgently. Their stories of sexual abuse, online harassment and disabled people touched people's hearts and encouraged them to…