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.
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 …