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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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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