COVID 19 & Elections: Digital Political Campaigns Exclude handicapped Electorates in Uganda

By Muyomba Lawrence In the wake to control the spread of COVID-19, the Electoral Commission (EC) issued a revised road map to the 2021 elections banning physical mass campaigns shifting them to media and online spaces ignoring the unprecedented and unforeseen challenges.  Of 45,741,007 million people in Uganda, 74.3% ...

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COVID-19: Exposing the hollowness in Uganda’s legal regime towards misinformation management

During the first few months of the outbreak, governments around the world focused on managing the spread of COVID-19 misinformation, relying on stringent transmission control measures. With the Internet providing a lifeline in public and private space to access critical information, the criminalization of information false or true over...

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Internet Barriers constrain the work of Uganda HRDs amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

By UW Team Human Rights Defenders in Uganda are not exceptional, amidst the health crisis and subsequent containment measures, the Internet has become the lifeline to the work of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) currently working from home. Many have swiftly embraced digital tools to conduct meetings, advocacy, and campaigns...

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COVID-19: Uganda Internet Service Providers join the battle, but key concerns remain

By Lawrence Muyomba At least by April 2, 180 countries globally have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus since it emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December last year. The number of countries and infections keeps changing rapidly, which has forced the World Health Organization...

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Biometric users must protect people from COVID-19 virus.

The World Health Organization and state authorities are encouraging frequent hand washing and practicing social distancing, among other preventive measures societies needed to contain the spread of coronavirus. In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni banned common community practices of hugging and handshaking, stressing frequent hand washing using water and soap,...

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CONVICTED: Stella Nyanzi’s 305 days of Sacrificing for Internet Freedom

It is now approximately 305 days since former Makerere University researcher Dr. Stella Nyanzi was detention at Luzira prison for a Facebook post that was deemed offensive to the person of President Yoweri Museveni. It is the first cyber criminal offence in Uganda to undergo full trial for allegedly...

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News Brief: Social Media policing: Professional body orders Human Rights Lawyer to remove Facebook post.

Kampala, July 19th, 2019; Uganda Law Society (ULS) has assumed the role of online content regulation after ordering one of its members to remove the Facebook post on allegations of offending a public official. In a letter dated July 17, 2019, the president of Uganda Law society, Simon Peter...

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The Computer Misuse Act: Uganda’s redundant law but the state’s tool for online repression

Evangelist Joseph Kabuleta’s incarceration for allegedly insulting members of the family once more reminded Ugandans of a legislation that is an existential threat to freedoms of speech and expression- The Computer Misuse Act.  The law has been on Uganda’s statute books since 2011. Case after case have been brought...

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Huawei’s Low cost Technologies outstrip Human Rights in Uganda

By Richard Walusimbi   While Chinese telecom giant Huawei is being crippled by the Donald Trump administration, in Uganda and generally most parts of Africa, it’s entrenching it’s self-further without any deterrence. Despite protests, the US insists that Huawei, the number two smartphone brand, is a security risk.  Trump’s...

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