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…
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.
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 …