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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Speaker Kadaga Commends Unwanted Witness Over The National Id Research

By Florence Nabukeera On 2nd March 2020, a six-member delegation from Unwanted Witness constituting two aggrieved citizens, excluded by the National ID system met the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga at parliament. The purpose of the visit was to share Unwanted Witness’s preliminary report entitled Uganda’s Digital...

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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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