Data and elections

March 29, 2021

Unwanted Witness publish a briefing for election observers on the importance of privacy and data protection in the election cycle.

The briefing provides a starting point for discussion on how privacy and data protection can be incorporated into election observation methodology and operationalised in the election observation process
January 29, 2021

Digital Campaigns cast a shadow on the Privacy rights of Ugandans

As we commemorate International Data Privacy Day, the government of Uganda has to expedite the enactment of Data Protection and Privacy regulations for effective enforcement of the Data Protection and Privacy Act 2019
January 20, 2021

Uganda 2021 General Elections: Internet shutdown and it’s Ripple Effects

If Internet shutdowns are used as a blunt-force means of blocking access locally to a specific service or application, access to other unrelated services may also be impacted as collateral damage.
January 18, 2021

Biometric Machines Exasperate Voters in Uganda’s 2021 Elections

The use of Biometric machines was introduced in the 2016 general elections but the machines largely failed to work and the Electoral Commission (EC) which is the electoral body resorted to manual verification of voters using a voters’ register.
January 5, 2021

Legalizing digital technology in Uganda’s electoral process, but are privacy rights and freedoms protected?

As the voting day draws closer, government and different political actors are embracing technological tools to provide voter education, monitor and tally election results.
August 3, 2020

Data exploitation in digital political campaigns and its implication on electoral democracy

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The last decade has seen an explosion in the use of digital tools in political campaigning. Perceptions have also changed in that time. The […]
July 23, 2020

Risks to unregulated personal data use and what stakeholders must-do during the 2020/21 electoral process.

The upcoming 2021 general election raises concerns of electoral malpractices and uncertainty through the misuse and abuse of personal data such as phone numbers, email addresses, […]