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 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 …