FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Unwanted Witness Joins Inaugural Cohort of the Spyware Accountability Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Unwanted Witness Joins Inaugural Cohort of the Spyware Accountability Initiative

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Unwanted Witness announced today that it has been awarded a grant from the Spyware Accountability Initiative, whose mission is to grow a global field of civil society organizations who are advancing threat research, advocacy and accountability to address the use and trade of spyware.
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Over 80% of African countries have adopted Data Protection laws but compliance is still low.

Over 80% of African countries have adopted Data Protection laws but compliance is still low.

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To date 36 African countries have adopted Data Protection laws and institutional frameworks, signaling positive efforts towards the continent’s respect...
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Press Release: Revealing Privacy Gaps: Unwanted Witness Exposes Transparency Crisis, Explores Regulators’ Role in Latest Scorecard

Press Release: Revealing Privacy Gaps: Unwanted Witness Exposes Transparency Crisis, Explores Regulators’ Role in Latest Scorecard

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The report is a precursor to the world International Data Privacy Day celebrated every January 28. This year’s International Data Privacy Day is themed "Take Control of Your Privacy.”
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The Essential Role of Cost-Free Access to Personal Data in the Digital Age

The Essential Role of Cost-Free Access to Personal Data in the Digital Age

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As we navigate the intricacies of a data-driven world, upholding cost-free access is not only a legal and ethical obligation but a demonstration of respect for the right to privacy, and the principles that underpin a just and equitable digital society.
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USE investor data was exposed to hackers, investigation finds

USE investor data was exposed to hackers, investigation finds

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An investigations has indicated that unauthorised people accessed personal data of thousands of investors at the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE)
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Unwanted Witness ICT Webinar Sheds Light on Uganda’s Digital Divide and the Need for Greater ICT Investment and Digital Rights Safeguards

Unwanted Witness ICT Webinar Sheds Light on Uganda’s Digital Divide and the Need for Greater ICT Investment and Digital Rights Safeguards

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The webinar provided a platform for candid discussions on the current state of Uganda's ICT sector, budget allocations, and their influence on the enjoyment of digital rights.
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Press Release: Unwanted Witness Organizes West African Privacy Regional Engagement to Spotlight Corporate Responsibility and Civil Society’s Role in Fostering Accountability

Press Release: Unwanted Witness Organizes West African Privacy Regional Engagement to Spotlight Corporate Responsibility and Civil Society’s Role in Fostering Accountability

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Unwanted Witness has organized the West African Privacy Regional Engagement as part of the events that lead to the Privacy Symposium Africa 2023.
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Press Release: Unwanted Witness Webinar Explores Investment in ICT as Catalyst for Digital Rights in Uganda

Press Release: Unwanted Witness Webinar Explores Investment in ICT as Catalyst for Digital Rights in Uganda

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Unwanted Witness has organized a webinar titled “Investment in ICT as an Engine for the Enjoyment of Digital Rights in Uganda”
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Harnessing Adequate ICT Investment for the Enjoyment of Digital Rights in Uganda

Harnessing Adequate ICT Investment for the Enjoyment of Digital Rights in Uganda

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Despite the growing importance of digital rights in today's interconnected world, Uganda faces significant challenges in bridging the digital divide...
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West African Privacy Engagement 2023: Fostering Corporate Accountability through Civil Society

West African Privacy Engagement 2023: Fostering Corporate Accountability through Civil Society

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Organized under the theme "Corporate Responsibility and Privacy Protection: The Role Of Civil Society In Fostering Corporate Accountability in West Africa," this event aims to explore strategies for strengthening privacy rights and encouraging corporate responsibility
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Expert-led Boot Camp Equips Law Students for the Upcoming Unwanted Witness Privacy Moot Court Competition 2023

Expert-led Boot Camp Equips Law Students for the Upcoming Unwanted Witness Privacy Moot Court Competition 2023

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Unwanted Witness hosted a virtual boot camp training for the participants of the Unwanted Privacy Moot Court Competition 2023
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The Fight for Privacy Rights: A Moot Court Competition

The Fight for Privacy Rights: A Moot Court Competition

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The upcoming Unwanted Witness Privacy Moot Court Competition is set to bring together law students around the country to argue and address contemporary issues related to privacy and personal data protection.
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Unprecedented Response: Registration for Unwanted Witness Privacy Moot Competition Closes with Record Number of Participants

Unprecedented Response: Registration for Unwanted Witness Privacy Moot Competition Closes with Record Number of Participants

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The Unwanted Witness Privacy Moot Competition has closed its registration for the 2023 edition, and the response has been nothing short of impressive.
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The Data Protection Office of Mauritius to host the 5th Edition of the Privacy Symposium Africa

The Data Protection Office of Mauritius to host the 5th Edition of the Privacy Symposium Africa

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Unwanted Witness together with the Data Protection Office of Mauritius virtually launched the roadmap to the fifth edition of the Privacy Symposium Africa.
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The 5th Privacy Symposium Africa to Address Emerging Data Privacy Challenges

The 5th Privacy Symposium Africa to Address Emerging Data Privacy Challenges

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Unwanted Witness is pleased to announce the launch of the 5th Privacy Symposium Africa (PSA), to be held in Port Louis, Mauritius from November 7th to 9th, 2023
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PILAC partners with Unwanted Witness: 2nd edition of Privacy Moot Court Competition launched

PILAC partners with Unwanted Witness: 2nd edition of Privacy Moot Court Competition launched

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On the 2nd March 2023, Public Interest Law Clinic (PILAC), School of Law (SoL), Makerere University together with Unwanted Witness launched...
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KIU beat Makerere University to win ‘Unwanted Witness privacy Moot’

KIU beat Makerere University to win ‘Unwanted Witness privacy Moot’

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By Isaac Akugizibwe KIU, Main Campus-KIU continued with its imperious performance in legal competitions when they beat Makerere University in...
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The Fight for Privacy Rights: A Moot Court Competition

The Fight for Privacy Rights: A Moot Court Competition

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This year’s edition will be held under the theme "Balancing Privacy Rights and National Security: Navigating the Impact of Surveillance Laws on Individual Freedoms."
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Amplified: Empowering Persons with Disabilities through Digital Inclusion Training in Eastern Uganda

Amplified: Empowering Persons with Disabilities through Digital Inclusion Training in Eastern Uganda

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Amplified project promotes digital inclusion by empowering persons with disabilities with digital skills and knowledge, enabling them to participate fully in the digital economy and society.
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Unwanted Witness and Public Interest Law Clinic, Makerere University-Kampala (PILAC) champion privacy rights among young lawyers in Uganda

Unwanted Witness and Public Interest Law Clinic, Makerere University-Kampala (PILAC) champion privacy rights among young lawyers in Uganda

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Unwanted Witness and the Public Interest Law Clinic, Makerere University-Kampala (PILAC) are thrilled to announce the launch of the second edition of the Unwanted Witness Privacy Moot Court Competition.
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Celebrating the International Safer Internet Day

Celebrating the International Safer Internet Day

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We celebrate International Safer Internet Day, an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the safe and responsible use of the internet.
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Digital Inclusion: Unwanted Witness’ Amplified project is bridging the digital divide among women and persons with disability in Uganda

Digital Inclusion: Unwanted Witness’ Amplified project is bridging the digital divide among women and persons with disability in Uganda

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Digital Inclusion: Unwanted Witness’ Amplified project is bridging the digital divide among women and persons with disability in Uganda.
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Harmonization of Data Protection legislation in Africa: Regulators Decry lack of political will

Harmonization of Data Protection legislation in Africa: Regulators Decry lack of political will

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African states either have fragmented data protection and privacy policies or none. A harmonized legal framework is still required to ensure the rapid development of a digital economy and the protection of personal data across Africa.
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Privacy Scorecard Report: An Accountability Tool in a Digitised East Africa.

Privacy Scorecard Report: An Accountability Tool in a Digitised East Africa.

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NAIROBI 4th November 2022; Today on the grand finale of the Privacy Symposium Africa happening at Strathmore University in Nairobi...
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Privacy Symposium Africa: The Continent’s Fastest-Growing Privacy and Data Protection Platform

Privacy Symposium Africa: The Continent’s Fastest-Growing Privacy and Data Protection Platform

Data Privacy Press Release
Bringing together different actors including data protection and privacy regulators will help to shape the best policies in Africa.
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The Inaugural Unwanted Witness Privacy Moot: A week later and going forward,  all Participating Law schools won!

The Inaugural Unwanted Witness Privacy Moot: A week later and going forward, all Participating Law schools won!

PrivacyMoot
Last week, we successfully held our two-day inaugural Privacy Moot Court inter-university competition that happened at Makerere University-Uganda on 13-14th...
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Press Release: The inaugural Unwanted Witness Privacy Moot Court Competition

Press Release: The inaugural Unwanted Witness Privacy Moot Court Competition

PrivacyMoot
The Moot Competition is part of our long advocacy for safe digital spaces that thrive on a robust legal framework and compliance.
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Privacy Scorecard Report: An accountability tool in a Digitised world

Privacy Scorecard Report: An accountability tool in a Digitised world

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As a tool for data accountability and transparency, this year's privacy scorecard report is more exciting, it covers a wider scope of actors in Uganda and Kenya
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Uganda’s Proposed Computer Misuse (Amendment) Bill, 2022: Freedom of Expression and Participatory at Gunpoint!

Uganda’s Proposed Computer Misuse (Amendment) Bill, 2022: Freedom of Expression and Participatory at Gunpoint!

Privacy Rights
The clauses in the proposed amendment bill concern fundamental rights like freedom of expression.
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Press Release: Alleged Data Breach/Leak at Uganda Securities Exchange

Press Release: Alleged Data Breach/Leak at Uganda Securities Exchange

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We notified the Personal Data Protection Office in Uganda about the alleged data breach against the Uganda Securities Exchange
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The Privacy Symposium Africa, the continent’s Mkutano

The Privacy Symposium Africa, the continent’s Mkutano

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Privacy Symposium Africa continuously brings together stakeholders to share their visions and shape data protection and privacy agendas, narrative, and good practices on the African continent.
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Unwanted Witness welcomes a new report published, by the United Nations Special Rapporteur, reaffirming inequalities and injustices caused by mandatory identification systems.

Unwanted Witness welcomes a new report published, by the United Nations Special Rapporteur, reaffirming inequalities and injustices caused by mandatory identification systems.

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Unwanted Witness welcomes a new report published, by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, reaffirming inequalities and injustices caused by mandatory identification systems.
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The 16 percent VAT imposed on Over the Top players in Kenya, is harmful to the growing digital economy

The 16 percent VAT imposed on Over the Top players in Kenya, is harmful to the growing digital economy

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Photo by Ed Hardie from Unsplash By Lutaaya Godfrey & Chris Kalema Information Communication Technology is considered a significant and...
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What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), is it important?

What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), is it important?

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Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is an authentication method that requires the user to provide two or more credentials to gain access to an account.
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Seeding Change: Uganda-based organisation Unwanted Witness on promoting online inclusion of the most vulnerable

Seeding Change: Uganda-based organisation Unwanted Witness on promoting online inclusion of the most vulnerable

Blog Digital Identity
Lately, a lot of our work to speak truth to power has focused on addressing the human rights concerns of the new digital ID system project. The system clearly shows how technology can exacerbate already existing inequalities among vulnerable communities.
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Inclusive Technologies for Equal Opportunities.

Inclusive Technologies for Equal Opportunities.

Amplified
By UW Team Digital Technology tools and services have been recently acknowledged as liberating and empowering to the work of...
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Parliament’s failure to regulate surveillance threatens Human Rights in Uganda.

Parliament’s failure to regulate surveillance threatens Human Rights in Uganda.

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Kampala, January 26, 2022, Uganda’s increasing adoption of surveillance technology in public spaces does not correspond with protection safeguards, threatening the...
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Are Ugandan telcos equipped to protect user data?

Are Ugandan telcos equipped to protect user data?

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A recent report from Unwanted Witness, a Uganda-based civil society organisation, reveals that two years on from the implementation of Uganda’s Data Protection and Privacy Act, the nation’s tech companies are still struggling with compliance.
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Disparity in the data collection policies of some pan-African firms in Uganda raises privacy concerns

Disparity in the data collection policies of some pan-African firms in Uganda raises privacy concerns

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Image by Mr_Achraf taken on August 17, 2021. Free to use, no attribution required (CC0) By Nwachukwu Egbunike Unwanted Witness, a Uganda-based...
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Malabo Convention: African Data Regulators call for Action

Malabo Convention: African Data Regulators call for Action

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By UW Team At the 3rd Data Privacy Symposium Africa, 2021 held in Kampala, one of the key takeaways from a bevy of...
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First “Privacy Scorecard” Finds Uganda’s Top Data Collectors Struggle with Data Protection and Privacy Compliance

First “Privacy Scorecard” Finds Uganda’s Top Data Collectors Struggle with Data Protection and Privacy Compliance

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Analysis of 32 organizations across seven sectors finds a lack of legal compliance in Uganda, inconsistent practices across Africa, and...
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Privacy Scorecard Report 2021

Privacy Scorecard Report 2021

Privacy Rights
Click here to download the Privacy Scorecard Report 2021
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Unwanted Witness Launches an Internet Disruption Notification Tool for the Visually Impaired.

Unwanted Witness Launches an Internet Disruption Notification Tool for the Visually Impaired.

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Kampala, 30th / 09/ 2021; Unwanted Witness has launched the Network Disruption Audio Notifier (NetDAN) tool for visually impaired persons. Network disruptions...
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Register for the Privacy Symposium Africa.

Register for the Privacy Symposium Africa.

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Unwanted Witness together with the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and the Personal Data Protection Office Uganda, in partnership with Omidyar Network, Privacy International, and Digital Human Rights Lab is honored to host the 3rd edition of Privacy Symposium Africa 2021.
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Unwanted Witness Announces a New Partner – Omidyar Network

Unwanted Witness Announces a New Partner – Omidyar Network

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We are extremely thrilled to announce our new partnership with Omidyar Network. Omidyar Network is a social change venture that...
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Contribution to policies

Privacy Rights
Comments on the Data Protection and Privacy Regulations, 2020Submission of Comments on the Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2015
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Privacy Rights
Our Reports Chased Away and Left To Die (8)Notice of Motion - Internet Shutdown (15)NITA: Investigation Report into allegations of unlawful sharing...
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‘Chased Away and Left to Die’: New human rights report finds that Uganda’s  national digital ID system leads to mass exclusion

‘Chased Away and Left to Die’: New human rights report finds that Uganda’s national digital ID system leads to mass exclusion

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Uganda’s national digital ID system, a government showpiece that is of major importance for how individuals in Uganda access their social rights, leads to mass exclusion.
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Ugandan Regulators must enforce compliance with the DPPA 2019

Ugandan Regulators must enforce compliance with the DPPA 2019

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By Zaidah Ramathan, Unwanted Witness. May 6, 2021: Ugandan Data regulators urged to enforce compliance with the Data protection and...
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Online Spying Threatening Users

Online Spying Threatening Users

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The continued arrests and harassment of Ugandans over comments made on the different social media platforms is increasingly worrying the people of Masaka
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How Personal is your Personal Data?

How Personal is your Personal Data?

Blog Privacy Scorecard
The Data Protection and Privacy Act 2019 requires that company’s and organizations whose existence depend on people’s personal data should zealously protect such data in a bid to avoid misuse by third parties.
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Unwanted Witness publish a briefing for election observers on the importance of privacy and data protection in the election cycle.

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

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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
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Injured journalist Ashraf Kasirye allowed to file additional allegations against gov’t

Injured journalist Ashraf Kasirye allowed to file additional allegations against gov’t

UW in the Media
The High Court in Kampala has allowed Ghetto TV Journalist Ashraf Kasirye to file new allegations related to human rights violations against the government.
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Court adjourns injured journalist Ashraf Kasirye’s case hearing against State over the absence of Attorney General

Court adjourns injured journalist Ashraf Kasirye’s case hearing against State over the absence of Attorney General

UW in the Media
The High Court Judge in Civil Division Esta Nambayo has adjourned the mentioning of a case in which Ghetto TV journalist Ashraf Kasirye is suing the state for assault meted on him by Police and the army.
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Report: How undemocratic practices limit digital rights enjoyment, proper governance in Uganda

Report: How undemocratic practices limit digital rights enjoyment, proper governance in Uganda

UW in the Media
Uganda’s internet usage has grown in recent years with over 10 million users. The usage provides a new digital landscape that facilitates the work of human rights defenders, activists, journalists, minority groups and citizens.
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Government urged to scrap OTT

Government urged to scrap OTT

UW in the Media
Unwanted Witness, a vicil society group in partnership with Future Challenges, Digital Human Rights Lab have urged government to scrap...
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Activists sue govt, seek Covid-19 vaccination for all Ugandans

Activists sue govt, seek Covid-19 vaccination for all Ugandans

UW in the Media
Activists have sued Government, seeking a declaration that the exclusion of Ugandans without National Identification Cards (NIC) from Covid-19 vaccination...
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Covid-19 vaccine: CSOs petition court challenging national ID requirement

Covid-19 vaccine: CSOs petition court challenging national ID requirement

UW in the Media
Allan Sempala Kigozi who is the head of legal at Unwanted Witness states that he knows very well that the access to and replacement of lost national identification cards is already overwhelmed with unnecessary delays and high renewal costs.
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Government sued over ID requirement for Covid-19 jabs

Government sued over ID requirement for Covid-19 jabs

UW in the Media
KAMPALA- Government has been sued for listing possession of a national identity card as one of the requirements for its...
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Online Violence Against Women: A Call to Action

Online Violence Against Women: A Call to Action

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Unwanted Witness is deeply concerned about online violence and discrimination against women which is on the increase and in pandemic proportions on the basis of sex and gender.
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Privacy wins as Uganda’s data regulator finds data controller unlawfully disclosed data to third-party

Privacy wins as Uganda’s data regulator finds data controller unlawfully disclosed data to third-party

Blog Privacy Rights
NITA-U investigation found that SafeBoda’s Data Privacy Policy and Data Protection Policy versions of 2017 and 2019 respectively, were not transparent and failed to provide information on third-party recipients of users’ personal data.
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News Brief: High Court in Uganda sets hearing date for internet shutdown lawsuit

News Brief: High Court in Uganda sets hearing date for internet shutdown lawsuit

News Briefs
In a petition filed on February 12, 2021, the Unwanted Witness wants the court to among other orders, restrain the government of Uganda and internet service providers from future arbitrary and unjustified internet shutdowns
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Unwanted Witness concerned over prolonged social media restriction in Uganda, says VPNs come with a lot of risks

Unwanted Witness concerned over prolonged social media restriction in Uganda, says VPNs come with a lot of risks

UW in the Media
According to Chris Kalema, the lead Technologist at Unwanted Witness, the Civil society is concerned about how the prolonged social media restriction is driving Ugandans to use VPNs which come with a lot of data manipulation risks.
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Ugandans cautioned about the dangers of using VPN

Ugandans cautioned about the dangers of using VPN

UW in the Media
“Using VPNs in our daily lives creates an addiction but they siphon our data in form of names, addresses to do behavioral analytics for marketing and profiling. This information is transferred to third party users or the makers without the users’ consent”, says Chris Kalema, the Lead Technologist at Unwanted Witness.
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Digital Campaigns cast a shadow on the Privacy rights of Ugandans

Digital Campaigns cast a shadow on the Privacy rights of Ugandans

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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
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Privacy, data safety, and trust are eroding in Uganda as government censorship intensifies.

Privacy, data safety, and trust are eroding in Uganda as government censorship intensifies.

UW Statements
We join the rest of the world to commemorate international Data Privacy Day. The day aims at raising awareness about respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust.
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Uganda 2021 General Elections: Internet shutdown and it’s Ripple Effects

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

Data and elections
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.
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Biometric Machines Exasperate Voters in Uganda’s 2021 Elections

Biometric Machines Exasperate Voters in Uganda’s 2021 Elections

Data and 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.
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Blocking social media is a direct attack on democracy in Uganda, says Unwanted Witness Uganda.

Blocking social media is a direct attack on democracy in Uganda, says Unwanted Witness Uganda.

UW Statements
When a country like Uganda is aiming at becoming a middle income economy and wants to anchor the growth on its information and communication sector, Internet shutdowns send all the wrong signals to investors and consumers.
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Legalizing digital technology in Uganda’s electoral process, but are privacy rights and freedoms protected?

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

Data and elections
As the voting day draws closer, government and different political actors are embracing technological tools to provide voter education, monitor and tally election results.
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Unwanted Witness Condemns the Heinous Acts of Violence Against Journalists

Unwanted Witness Condemns the Heinous Acts of Violence Against Journalists

UW Statements
Unwanted Witness strongly condemns the ongoing odious acts of violence and harassment meted on journalists by security operatives in Uganda.
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Google must disregard the Government of Uganda’s requests intended to silence legitimate dissent

Google must disregard the Government of Uganda’s requests intended to silence legitimate dissent

UW Statements
Over 20 National and International Human Rights Organisations have submitted a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking Google to disregard the government of Uganda’s intentions of further silencing dissent during democratic processes in the country.
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The Inaugural Annual Privacy Scorecard Unveiled

The Inaugural Annual Privacy Scorecard Unveiled

UW Statements
The Privacy Scorecard is a monitoring tool that will be used to provide Ugandans with critical information on how different personal data collectors/processors comply with the Data Protection and Privacy Act, 2019.
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Unwanted Witness Conducts an Online (Facebook Live) debate to demystify Internet-based Violence against Women in Uganda.

Unwanted Witness Conducts an Online (Facebook Live) debate to demystify Internet-based Violence against Women in Uganda.

UW Statements
Kampala, 23rd October 2020; Unwanted Witness has today held an online (Facebook Live) debate on violence against women online, themed...
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Civil society organisation protests UCC online regulations

Civil society organisation protests UCC online regulations

UW in the Media
They said the requirement for the application, registration and authorisation threatens free speech and the right to association and assembly....
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Activists Want Court to Prevail over UCC as Deadline to Register Online Broadcasters Nears

Activists Want Court to Prevail over UCC as Deadline to Register Online Broadcasters Nears

UW in the Media
On September 7, 2020, UCC issued a notice reminding all online data communication and broadcast service providers to apply for authorization or risk being blocked by internet service providers by October 5, 2020.
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Don’t ignore our petition! Unwanted Witness demands quick court action against UCC’s directive on online publishers

Don’t ignore our petition! Unwanted Witness demands quick court action against UCC’s directive on online publishers

UW in the Media
Unwanted Witness has asked the judiciary not to ignore their petition over the recent regulations issued by the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC)’s on all online data communication and broadcasting service providers.
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Judiciary must prevail over UCC’s Impunity towards freedom of expression, Warns Unwanted Witness.

Judiciary must prevail over UCC’s Impunity towards freedom of expression, Warns Unwanted Witness.

UW Statements
We call upon the Deputy Chief Justice Richard Butera to institute the bench to handle the application for interim injunction.
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Unwanted Witness calls for more civic education ahead of EC’s scientific campaigns

Unwanted Witness calls for more civic education ahead of EC’s scientific campaigns

UW in the Media
Unwanted Witness has asked the Electoral Commission (EC) to double its efforts in civic education if they are to avoid challenges that may come as a result of poor data surveillance in the forthcoming general elections.
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Uganda’s National ID system; an access hindrance to the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE).

Uganda’s National ID system; an access hindrance to the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE).

Digital Identity
In June 2010, cabinet approved Expansion of the Social Protection Programme with one of its aims of reducing vulnerability and poverty among the elderly (65+ and 60 years for Karamoja) through the Senior Citizens Grant which provides direct income support of $6.9 (25,000) shillings per month disbursed bi-monthly $13.8 (Ugx. 50,000) to the elderly persons as an enabler to enjoy dignified and respectful lives addressing particular vulnerabilities within their social, political and economic spheres.
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Digital identity verification, authentication and validation in the 2021 election must be transparent warns Unwanted Witness.

Digital identity verification, authentication and validation in the 2021 election must be transparent warns Unwanted Witness.

UW Statements
Unwanted Witness today joins the rest of the world in marking the International Identity Day in recognition of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” and objective 9 which calls for legal identity for all.
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Uganda: The Speaker of Parliament Summons ICT minister over concerns raised by Unwanted Witness report about SafeBoda.

Uganda: The Speaker of Parliament Summons ICT minister over concerns raised by Unwanted Witness report about SafeBoda.

Mobile Apps
The speaker of Uganda’s parliament Rebecca A. Kadaga has given the minister of Information, Communication and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba an ultimatum of three (3) weeks to Study and further investigate data flaw concerns raised by Unwanted Witness’s report about SafeBoda
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Data exploitation in digital political campaigns and its implication on electoral democracy

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

Data and elections
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The last decade has seen an explosion in the use of digital tools in political campaigning. Perceptions have...
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Collection of personally identifiable data threatens National security and human rights: Warns Unwanted Witness

Collection of personally identifiable data threatens National security and human rights: Warns Unwanted Witness

UW Statements
Kampala, 28th/07/2020; Unwanted Witness Uganda is deeply concerned about the likely harmful effects of the presidential directive to arbitrary collect...
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Risks to unregulated personal data use and what stakeholders must-do during the 2020/21 electoral process.

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

Data and elections
The upcoming 2021 general election raises concerns of electoral malpractices and uncertainty through the misuse and abuse of personal data...
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Revealed: SafeBoda involved in personal data sharing with third parties, Unwanted Witness report

Revealed: SafeBoda involved in personal data sharing with third parties, Unwanted Witness report

UW Statements
Kampala, 15th/07/2020: Unwanted Witness Uganda has today released a report implicating SafeBoda - a motorcycle transport company that operates in...
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COVID 19 & Elections: Digital Political Campaigns Exclude handicapped Electorates in Uganda

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

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By Muyomba Lawrence In the wake to control the spread of COVID-19, the Electoral Commission (EC) issued a revised road...
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Phone tapping could dampen internet growth – Report

Phone tapping could dampen internet growth – Report

Surveillance
A new report has called for better laws to police aggressive forms of phone tapping, saying this would preserve the...
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COVID-19: Exposing the hollowness in Uganda’s legal regime towards misinformation management

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

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During the first few months of the outbreak, governments around the world focused on managing the spread of COVID-19 misinformation,...
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Surveillance is Prejudicial to Uganda’s Democracy, says Unwanted Witness Report.

Surveillance is Prejudicial to Uganda’s Democracy, says Unwanted Witness Report.

UW Statements
Kampala, 5th /06/2020; Unwanted Witness Uganda has today released the state of Digital rights report in Uganda 2019, detailing growing...
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Government of Uganda must respect human rights in the use of Surveillance technologies to fight Coronavirus, says Unwanted Witness Uganda.

Government of Uganda must respect human rights in the use of Surveillance technologies to fight Coronavirus, says Unwanted Witness Uganda.

UW Statements
Kampala, 22nd/04/2020; Unwanted Witness Uganda has today written a formal letter to the Ministry of Information Communications Technology and National...
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Letter to the Ministry of ICT; calling for the observance of Human Rights in the application of surveillance Technologies to fight COVID-19

Surveillance
To: Hon. Bagiire Vincent Waiswa Permanent Secretary Ministry of ICT and National Guidance ICT House, Parliamentary Avenue Cc: Hon Nabakooba...
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Internet Barriers constrain the work of Uganda HRDs amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

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

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By UW Team Human Rights Defenders in Uganda are not exceptional, amidst the health crisis and subsequent containment measures, the...
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COVID-19: Uganda Internet Service Providers join the battle, but key concerns remain

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

Blog
By Lawrence Muyomba At least by April 2, 180 countries globally have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus since it...
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Biometric users must protect people from COVID-19 virus.

Biometric users must protect people from COVID-19 virus.

Blog
The World Health Organization and state authorities are encouraging frequent hand washing and practicing social distancing, among other preventive measures...
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News Brief: UCC tightens social media censorship as Uganda registers first case of COVID19.

News Brief: UCC tightens social media censorship as Uganda registers first case of COVID19.

Privacy Rights
Kampala, March 23rd, 2020; After registering a COVID- 19 case in Uganda, the country’s telecommunications regulator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)...
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Speaker Kadaga Commends Unwanted Witness Over The National Id Research

Speaker Kadaga Commends Unwanted Witness Over The National Id Research

Digital Identity
By Florence Nabukeera On 2nd March 2020, a six-member delegation from Unwanted Witness constituting two aggrieved citizens, excluded by the...
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One Year On, What Has Uganda’s Data Protection Law Changed?

One Year On, What Has Uganda’s Data Protection Law Changed?

Privacy Rights
Today marks exactly one year since Uganda passed its data protection law, becoming the first East African country to recognize...
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ARINDA NSHEEKA: My kidnap ordeal, mysterious release

ARINDA NSHEEKA: My kidnap ordeal, mysterious release

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On a fateful day of February 14, 2020, I was standing at Highland Stage waiting for a taxi to take...
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Uganda’s ID system breeding Automated Exclusion

Uganda’s ID system breeding Automated Exclusion

Digital Identity
From the right; Hon. Meddie Mulumba, Dorothy Mukasa, Bob Kirenga Gilbert Kadilo and Lawrence Muyomba during the launch of the...
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Surveillance, censorship threaten Internet freedom and Democracy in Uganda, says Unwanted Witness

Surveillance, censorship threaten Internet freedom and Democracy in Uganda, says Unwanted Witness

UW Statements
President Museveni in the command centre during the launch of the CCTV Camera command centre at Nateete Police Station Kampala...
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An Open Letter To Google

An Open Letter To Google

News Briefs
An Open Letter To Google Dear Mr. Pichai,We, the undersigned, agree with you: privacy cannot be a luxury offered only...
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Trading Privacy For Cheap Transport System

Trading Privacy For Cheap Transport System

Mobile Apps
Trading Privacy For a Cheap Transport System Your personal data is a ripe resource for apps and services to harvest...
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Police’s Mandatory access to personal data from hotels constitutes a data breach, says Unwanted Witness Uganda.

Police’s Mandatory access to personal data from hotels constitutes a data breach, says Unwanted Witness Uganda.

UW Statements
Kampala 28/Oct/2019, The Unwanted Witness is dismayed by a police resolution of mandatory daily access of all personal data belonging...
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Ratify the Malabo Convention, a call to Government of Uganda as we mark the Human Rights Day, 2019

Ratify the Malabo Convention, a call to Government of Uganda as we mark the Human Rights Day, 2019

UW Statements
Ratify the Malabo Convention, a call to Government of Uganda as we mark the Human Rights Day, 2019 Kampala, 10TH/Dec/2019,...
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Cisco Releases Security Updates

Cisco Releases Security Updates

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Cisco released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Cisco products. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to...
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Police’s Mandatory access to personal data from hotels constitutes a data breach, says Unwanted Witness Uganda.

Police’s Mandatory access to personal data from hotels constitutes a data breach, says Unwanted Witness Uganda.

UW Statements
Kampala 28/Oct/2019, The Unwanted Witness is dismayed by a police resolution of mandatory daily access of all personal data belonging...
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CONVICTED: Stella Nyanzi’s 305 days of Sacrificing for Internet Freedom

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

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It is now approximately 305 days since former Makerere University researcher Dr. Stella Nyanzi was detention at Luzira prison for...
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Open Letter to the Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda

Open Letter to the Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda

Digital Identity
Rt Hon. Speaker, Unwanted Witness Uganda is a non-partisan and non-profit Organization working towards the intersect between new technology and...
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Discriminated by the Digital Identity Ecosystem.

Discriminated by the Digital Identity Ecosystem.

Digital Identity
The 23-year-old Janet is a mother of two children and operates a mobile phone shop in Uganda’s capital, Kampala for...
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News Brief:  Social Media policing: Professional body orders Human Rights Lawyer to remove Facebook post.

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

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Kampala, July 19th, 2019; Uganda Law Society (ULS) has assumed the role of online content regulation after ordering one of...
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News Brief: Computer Misuse Petition is set for final hearing.

News Brief: Computer Misuse Petition is set for final hearing.

News Briefs
Kampala, July 16th, 2019; Today Unwanted Witness’ lawyers, Rwakafuuzi and Company Advocates and the Attorney General have adopted the conferencing...
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The Computer Misuse Act: Uganda’s redundant law but the state’s tool for online repression

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

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Evangelist Joseph Kabuleta’s incarceration for allegedly insulting members of the family once more reminded Ugandans of a legislation that is...
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Statement: Monitoring of Social Networks by Uganda Police threatens rights

Statement: Monitoring of Social Networks by Uganda Police threatens rights

UW Statements
Kampala, 15th/07/2019; the Unwanted Witness Uganda is concerned about Uganda Police Force’s intensified unlawful surveillance of social networks resulting into...
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News Brief:  Uganda police detains and charges a website Developer with defamation.

News Brief: Uganda police detains and charges a website Developer with defamation.

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Kampala, June 19th, 2019; The Electronic Counter Measures Unit of the Uganda police on June 18, arrested and detained a...
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The Unwanted Witness Petitions Uganda Communications Commission over weak policies and Terms of Service for voice and data service providers in Uganda.

The Unwanted Witness Petitions Uganda Communications Commission over weak policies and Terms of Service for voice and data service providers in Uganda.

UW Statements
Kampala 12/June/2019, the Unwanted Witness petitioned the telecommunication regulator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) calling for an immediate investigation into the...
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Huawei’s Low cost Technologies outstrip Human Rights in Uganda

Huawei’s Low cost Technologies outstrip Human Rights in Uganda

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By Richard Walusimbi   While Chinese telecom giant Huawei is being crippled by the Donald Trump administration, in Uganda and...
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What WhatsApp’s Vulnerability Means To Uganda

What WhatsApp’s Vulnerability Means To Uganda

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May/15TH /2019 Unwanted Witness has noticed a report done by CNN therein detailing how WhatsApp has been penetrated by hackers...
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Unwanted Witness-Uganda Granted NGO Observer Status before the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.

Unwanted Witness-Uganda Granted NGO Observer Status before the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.

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Unwanted Witness-Uganda, warmly welcomes her new position as a member of the NGO observer at the African Commission on Human...
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Uganda’s CCTV Surveillance system: Is it about stemming crime or Violating Rights?

Uganda’s CCTV Surveillance system: Is it about stemming crime or Violating Rights?

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As things stand now at least every major road in Uganda’s capital Kampala has a CCTV camera installed.  The system...
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Stella Nyanzi Trial Brings To Fore Government’s Infinite Access To Personal Data.

Stella Nyanzi Trial Brings To Fore Government’s Infinite Access To Personal Data.

News Briefs
Have you ever imagined that personal information you deposited with your education institution, employer, financial institution, telecom service provider or...
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Uganda’s judicial system: Virtual courts are here but no laws to regulate them  

Uganda’s judicial system: Virtual courts are here but no laws to regulate them  

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DERRICK KIYONGA The video conferencing system between Buganda Road court and Luzira maximum prison was on Monday in a grandeur...
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Unwanted Witness Petition Challenging UCC’s Directive For Mandatory Registration Of Online Publications

Unwanted Witness Petition Challenging UCC’s Directive For Mandatory Registration Of Online Publications

UW Statements
Download your copy  of our petition challenging UCC's directive to have Online Publishers registered by clicking on the link  below....
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Unwanted Witness Petitions Court Over Online Licenses

Unwanted Witness Petitions Court Over Online Licenses

News Briefs
Unwanted Witness Uganda has filed a petition in the Constitutional Court therein challenging the Uganda Communication commission‘s (UCC) directive requiring...
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Facial recognition Systems: Ugandan women Wary

Facial recognition Systems: Ugandan women Wary

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It’s approximately seven months ever since Uganda launched its multi-billion facial recognition surveillance system but generally women don’t feel comfortable...
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Unwanted Witness Welcomes Uganda’s Data protection law, Calls for enforceable regulations

Unwanted Witness Welcomes Uganda’s Data protection law, Calls for enforceable regulations

UW Statements
Kampala, 1st/03/2019; Unwanted Witness welcomes the move by President Yoweri Museveni to assent onto the much needed Data protection and...
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High Court Sets Judgement date for Internet Shutdown.

High Court Sets Judgement date for Internet Shutdown.

Privacy Rights
High court Judge Andrew Bashaija has fixed June 28 th 2019 to deliver judgment on a matter in which Unwanted...
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Unite: Digital Rights advocates advised ; Digital Rights Workshop By Unwanted Witness In Partnership With Article 19

Unite: Digital Rights advocates advised ; Digital Rights Workshop By Unwanted Witness In Partnership With Article 19

Litigation & HumanRights
Forming a united front through forming partnerships among a cross-section of entities that advocate for digital rights in Uganda has...
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Stop Persecution of online journalists, says Unwanted Witness.

Stop Persecution of online journalists, says Unwanted Witness.

UW Statements
Unwanted Witness Uganda is calling to an end Police’s harassment and persecution of Independent online journalists in the country, which...
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Social Media Tax :  Are Human Rights Winning?

Social Media Tax : Are Human Rights Winning?

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When the Ugandan government was introducing social media tax last year, it had two intentions as laid out by President...
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Attorney General given one-month ultimatum in the Anti-  Computer Misuse Act Petition

Attorney General given one-month ultimatum in the Anti- Computer Misuse Act Petition

News Briefs
Two years after Unwanted Witness filed a petition in the constitutional court that seeks to annul Section 25 of the...
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The state of Digital Rights in Uganda. Repression on the internet sprouted in 2018

UW Reports
The state of Digital Rights in Uganda. Repression on the internet sprouted in 2018
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Uganda’s Mass Surveillance at odds with Human Rights Standards, says Unwanted Witness.

Uganda’s Mass Surveillance at odds with Human Rights Standards, says Unwanted Witness.

UW Statements
Kampala, 10th/12/2018; As Uganda joins the rest of the world to Commemorate the International Human Rights Day, Unwanted Witness is...
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Unwanted Witness Welcomes Parliament’s move to Pass the Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2015.

Unwanted Witness Welcomes Parliament’s move to Pass the Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2015.

UW Statements
The Unwanted Witness Uganda is welcoming efforts by the parliament of Uganda to pass the long awaited Data Protection and...
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The Rise of Data Exploitation by Uganda’s Telecom Companies.

The Rise of Data Exploitation by Uganda’s Telecom Companies.

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The unbridled collection and retention of personal data in Uganda’s telecommunication sector began in 2013 with the mandatory SIM Card...
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Attorney General snubs court at the conferencing of the cyber law petition

Attorney General snubs court at the conferencing of the cyber law petition

News Briefs
Kampala, 29th/11/2018; Court registrar has today adjourned conferencing at a constitutional petition No. 15 and 16 of 2017 in which...
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Ailing Judge Fails To Review Internet Shut-Down Case

Ailing Judge Fails To Review Internet Shut-Down Case

News Briefs
Kampala, November 12th, 2018; The High Court review for the Internet Shut-down case filed by the Unwanted Witness has today...
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Uganda’s facial recognition technology threatens Privacy

Uganda’s facial recognition technology threatens Privacy

UW Statements
The Unwanted Witness Uganda is concerned that the new unregulated facial recognition technology in Uganda is not only violating privacy...
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Unwanted Witness is back in Court challenging Internet shut-down.

Unwanted Witness is back in Court challenging Internet shut-down.

UW Statements
The Unwanted Witness argues the Government of Uganda to stick to the established laws and international requirements by respecting internet...
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Privacy, Digital Rights and Safety: How Safe Is the Information You Exchange Online?

Privacy, Digital Rights and Safety: How Safe Is the Information You Exchange Online?

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The internet has become part of our lives and communication could not be any easier in this information driven era....
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Ugandan Security Agencies Must Desist From Curtailing Internet Freedom

Ugandan Security Agencies Must Desist From Curtailing Internet Freedom

UW Statements
Kampala; 28th August, 2018; Unwanted Witness-Uganda, is deeply concerned by the repetitive threats being issued by different security agencies targeting...
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UN Council Reaffirms Online Rights and Freedoms

UN Council Reaffirms Online Rights and Freedoms

UW Statements
Kampala, 17th /08/2018; The Unwanted Witness Uganda welcomes the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution reaffirming partner states’ obligations towards...
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Chinese Firm Supplies 900 Surveillance Cameras to Uganda.

Chinese Firm Supplies 900 Surveillance Cameras to Uganda.

News Briefs
Kampala, August 3rd, 2018; A Chinese technology firm, Huawei has supplied 900 surveillance CCTV cameras to Uganda government out of...
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Cyber Laws Cloaked under National Security have created fertile ground for arbitrary violation of Internet Freedom.

Cyber Laws Cloaked under National Security have created fertile ground for arbitrary violation of Internet Freedom.

UW Statements
Kampala, 31st/07/2018; A new report by Unwanted Witness Uganda is raising concerns about the increased enactment and application of restrictive...
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Ucc’s Ban On Airtme Scratch Cards Threatens Free Access To Information

Ucc’s Ban On Airtme Scratch Cards Threatens Free Access To Information

UW Statements
Kampala, July 24th  2018; Ugandan media is a washed with concerns of scratch card phase out as the deadline of...
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Uganda – High Court Sets Hearing date for a petition challenging clamp on online Publishers.

Uganda – High Court Sets Hearing date for a petition challenging clamp on online Publishers.

News Briefs
Kampala, July 3rd, 2018; High court in Uganda has set September 24th 2018 as hearing date for a petition challenging...
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President Museveni’s Unlawful Surveillance Plot Will Endanger More Lives.

President Museveni’s Unlawful Surveillance Plot Will Endanger More Lives.

UW Statements
Kampala, 21/06/2018; Unwanted Witness Uganda is concerned about President Yoweri Museveni’s new surveillance plan without a comprehensive data protection law,...
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Uwanted Witness drags UCC to Court over regulations on Online publishers.

Uwanted Witness drags UCC to Court over regulations on Online publishers.

News Briefs
Unwanted Witness Uganda sues Ugandan Communication Commission, seeks to uphold Freedom of expression and privacy for Online publishers.   Kampala,...
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Online Publishers Petition

Online Publishers Petition

Litigation & HumanRights
View or download full petition here... UCC PETITON
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Uganda’s Internet Access and connectivity verses Social Media Tax.

Uganda’s Internet Access and connectivity verses Social Media Tax.

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Uganda government’s taxing syndrome has hit social media users with an introduction of a daily levy of UGX 200 an...
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Civil Rights Defenders To Unwanted Witness

Civil Rights Defenders To Unwanted Witness

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Innovation Initiative By Civil Rights Defenders May 17 Meet our partner; Unwanted Witness Uganda, located mid-east on the African continent, boasts...
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Internet Freedoms and Right to Privacy; targeted as Ucc directs blockage to unregistered online publishers

Internet Freedoms and Right to Privacy; targeted as Ucc directs blockage to unregistered online publishers

UW Statements
Kampala, 27th/04/2018; the Unwanted Witness Uganda is saddened by the apparent illegal efforts to curtail online freedoms through surveillance and...
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Impact of the Anti Terrorism Act Implementation to the Enjoyment of the Right to Privacy.

Impact of the Anti Terrorism Act Implementation to the Enjoyment of the Right to Privacy.

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 INTRODUCTION    The Ugandan government is one of the several countries in Africa, which has vocally sought to respond to...
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Uganda Telecom Operators To Obtain Users’ Biometrics And Photo For SIM Re-registration.

Uganda Telecom Operators To Obtain Users’ Biometrics And Photo For SIM Re-registration.

News Briefs
Kampala, March 27th, 2018; Uganda Communication Commission Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi has issued fresh guidelines for SIM card acquisition in...
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Ugandan Parliament rejects Government’s Shs 61b Budget request to procure CCTV Cameras and Online registration System.

Ugandan Parliament rejects Government’s Shs 61b Budget request to procure CCTV Cameras and Online registration System.

News Briefs
Kampala, March 22nd, 2018; Parliamentary Committee on Budget has rejected Government’s  supplementary budget request of Shs61b (approximately $219,600) meant to...
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UCC’s directives are illegal and do not cure the existing capacity and legal gaps in telecom regulation and data protection

UCC’s directives are illegal and do not cure the existing capacity and legal gaps in telecom regulation and data protection

UW Statements
Kampala, March 12th, 2018; Unwanted Witness Uganda condemns the illegal directives issued by Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) that are meant...
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Unwanted Witness Condemns the Use of Mobile Phones to commit Crime and Calls for Dialogue among Stakeholders.

Unwanted Witness Condemns the Use of Mobile Phones to commit Crime and Calls for Dialogue among Stakeholders.

UW Statements
Unwanted Witness Condemns the Use of Mobile Phones to commit Crime and Calls for Dialogue among Stakeholders. Kampala, 1st/03/2018; the...
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UCC Must Be Held Liable For Compromising Citizens’ Anonymous Communication Leading To Increasing SIM Card Hacking In The Country, Says Unwanted Witness

UCC Must Be Held Liable For Compromising Citizens’ Anonymous Communication Leading To Increasing SIM Card Hacking In The Country, Says Unwanted Witness

UW Statements
Kampala, 16th/02/2018; the Unwanted Witness Uganda wants Uganda Communication Commission to account for the increasing SIM Card hacking currently being...
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Submission of Comments on the Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2015

UW Reports
Submission of Comments on the Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2015
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Uganda Parliament Invites Public Submissions on the Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2015

Uganda Parliament Invites Public Submissions on the Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2015

News Briefs
Kampala, February 7th, 2018; Parliament of Uganda has finally opened up to the public to submit their views on the...
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Uganda’s Legislative Body Is To Amend Rules To Enable Online Debate

Uganda’s Legislative Body Is To Amend Rules To Enable Online Debate

News Briefs
Kampala, January 31st, 2018; Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed the house’s rules committee to amend Parliament’s...
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Uganda’s Internet is increasingly getting controlled and criminalized; Over 25 Internet users are on trial for online expression.

Uganda’s Internet is increasingly getting controlled and criminalized; Over 25 Internet users are on trial for online expression.

UW Statements
Kampala, 18th January 2018, As Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate Internet Freedom Day; Unwanted Witness is...
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Uganda Communication Commission sets up mobile phone monitoring system.

Uganda Communication Commission sets up mobile phone monitoring system.

News Briefs
Kampala, January 9th, 2018; Unwanted Witness Uganda has confirmed that the country’s telecommunication regulator, UCC has set up an automatic...
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Uganda Police Develops a Crime Monitoring System

Uganda Police Develops a Crime Monitoring System

Privacy Rights
The Uganda police force has developed a digital crime management system to facilitate crime monitoring in the country. The system...
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Unlawful SIM Card Validation Exercise Is A Threat To Anonymity And Privacy

Unlawful SIM Card Validation Exercise Is A Threat To Anonymity And Privacy

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INTRODUCTION The Uganda government through its agencies has for years focused on curtailing expression platforms such as assemblies and the...
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Unwanted Witness Condemns Security’s Forceful Acquisition of Computer, Phone and email Passwords of Detained Journalists.

Unwanted Witness Condemns Security’s Forceful Acquisition of Computer, Phone and email Passwords of Detained Journalists.

UW Statements
Kampala 28/November/2017, the Unwanted Witness Uganda condemns security agencies’ illegal acquisition of communication passwords for detained Red Pepper directors and...
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Ugandan Police Criminalizes Digital Gadgets In A Siege

Ugandan Police Criminalizes Digital Gadgets In A Siege

News Briefs
Ugandan Police has seized off Red Pepper premises today and confiscated laptops, CPUs, staff mobile phones, desktop computers and accessories....
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HOW ONE OF APPLE’S KEY PRIVACY SAFEGUARDS FALLS SHORT

HOW ONE OF APPLE’S KEY PRIVACY SAFEGUARDS FALLS SHORT

Global Right on Internet
Originally posted at Wired FOR THE PAST year, Apple has touted a mathematical tool that it describes as a solution to a paradoxical...
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Unwanted Witness demands that UCC Outcomes of MTN Uganda’s Review process public.

Unwanted Witness demands that UCC Outcomes of MTN Uganda’s Review process public.

UW Statements
Kampala 27/October/2017, the Unwanted Witness Uganda commends the telecommunication regulator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) for involving consumers during MTN Uganda’s...
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Unwanted Witness-Uganda Condemns Government’s Open Surveillance Which is an Infringement on Citizens’ Privacy.

Unwanted Witness-Uganda Condemns Government’s Open Surveillance Which is an Infringement on Citizens’ Privacy.

UW Statements
Kampala; 22nd September, 2017; Unwanted Witness-Uganda, is deeply troubled by the extreme invasion of both personal and institutional data and...
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UCC’s Internet censorship Letter is intended to kill the Internet,

UCC’s Internet censorship Letter is intended to kill the Internet,

UW Statements
Kampala, September 15th, 2017; Unwanted Witness Uganda is concerned about an orchestrated move by the telecommunications regulator, Uganda Communications Commission...
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UCC Threatens Social Media users As Constitutional Age Limit Debate goes online.

UCC Threatens Social Media users As Constitutional Age Limit Debate goes online.

News Briefs
Kampala, September 15th, 2017; Uganda’s telecommunications regulator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has directed social media account managers and administrators to...
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The systematic Trend by Uganda Government to Conduct Open Online Surveillance is Alarming

The systematic Trend by Uganda Government to Conduct Open Online Surveillance is Alarming

UW Statements
Kampala, 31st/August/2017; Unwanted Witness Uganda is concerned about government’s increased investment in procuring surveillance equipment's to conduct open surveillance on...
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MTN Subscribers to be deactivated before the deadline

MTN Subscribers to be deactivated before the deadline

News Briefs
MTN Subscribers to be deactivated before the deadline as over 4million SIM Cards face Deactivation. Come mid night on 30th...
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MPs on the ICT committee disagree over SIM deactivation as deadline roams.

MPs on the ICT committee disagree over SIM deactivation as deadline roams.

News Briefs
Members of Parliament sitting on the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) committee have sharply disagreed on whether or not the...
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The European Union’s new data privacy rules will make companies worldwide clean up their online security.

The European Union’s new data privacy rules will make companies worldwide clean up their online security.

Global Right on Internet
Sweeping reforms are set to take charge of European consumers’ online privacy and data concerns next spring, but the impact...
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Conducting uncensored surveillance on Ugandans by Chinese’ violates International privacy standards.

Conducting uncensored surveillance on Ugandans by Chinese’ violates International privacy standards.

UW Statements
Kampala, 27th/07/2017; Unwanted Witness Uganda is appealing to the Chinese government to reconsider its support to government of Uganda geared...
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Court Adjourns Dr. Nyanzi’s case

Court Adjourns Dr. Nyanzi’s case

News Briefs
Kampala, July 21st, 2017; Buganda road court Chief Magistrate Eremye Mawanda has adjourned hearing of case in which Makerere University...
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Unwanted Witness condemns the use of CCTV Cameras by Hotels to infringe on clients’ privacy.

Unwanted Witness condemns the use of CCTV Cameras by Hotels to infringe on clients’ privacy.

News Briefs
Kampala, 20th July 2017, Unwanted Witness Uganda is saddened by the emerging practice by club proprietors to misuse private information...
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Social Media Users Receive Threatening Messages on the Ragging Presidential Age Limit Debate.

Social Media Users Receive Threatening Messages on the Ragging Presidential Age Limit Debate.

News Briefs
Kampala, 7th/July/2017; Information reaching the Unwanted Witness-Uganda indicates that unknown individuals are issuing threats targeting social media users who are...
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Court Stays offensive Communication trial for online activist pending a constitutional petition.

Court Stays offensive Communication trial for online activist pending a constitutional petition.

News Briefs
Kampala, July 3rd, 2017; Buganda road court magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has today stayed hearing of the offensive communication case in...
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Unwanted Witness Condemns the criminal use of citizens’ bio data & calls on gov’t to formulate safeguards to protect lives and property.

Unwanted Witness Condemns the criminal use of citizens’ bio data & calls on gov’t to formulate safeguards to protect lives and property.

UW Statements
Kampala, 26th/06/2017; the Unwanted Witness Uganda is saddened by the continuous sharing of Ugandans’ bio data with private telecom companies...
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Relief for Activist Nyanzi As Court Delays Her Mental Test Bail

Relief for Activist Nyanzi As Court Delays Her Mental Test Bail

News Briefs
Kampala, 20th June 2017; Dr Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at Makerere University received temporary relief following a bid by...
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Unwanted Witness and 22 international organisations petition Mali Presidency over internet shutdown.

Unwanted Witness and 22 international organisations petition Mali Presidency over internet shutdown.

News Briefs
Kampala, 20th/06/2017; the Unwanted Witness Uganda together with 22 International Organisations have delivered a joint open letter to Mali president...
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Hearing of Dr Stella Nyanzi’s Application Adjourned Over State’s Unpreparedness

Hearing of Dr Stella Nyanzi’s Application Adjourned Over State’s Unpreparedness

News Briefs
Kampala, 7th, June 2017; Buganda road court has today adjourned its ruling of an application in which Dr Stella Nyanzi,...
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Unwanted Witness Uganda calls for Investigation of ICT Minister to protect Parliament’s oversight mandate.

Unwanted Witness Uganda calls for Investigation of ICT Minister to protect Parliament’s oversight mandate.

UW Statements
Kampala, 23rd/05/2017; the Unwanted Witness-Uganda is calling for an independent investigation into the misconduct and behavior of the minister for Information Communication Technology...
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Court Adjourns social media shutdown lawsuit.

Court Adjourns social media shutdown lawsuit.

News Briefs
Kampala, May 22nd, 2017; High Court in Kampala has today adjourned hearing of the social media suit filed by Unwanted...
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Government Orders Telecom Companies to Switch-off Unregistered Sim Cards

Government Orders Telecom Companies to Switch-off Unregistered Sim Cards

News Briefs
Kampala, 19th May 2017; Government has directed all telecom companies operating in Uganda to implement its directive to switch-off all...
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2017 Affordability Drivers Index Report

2017 Affordability Drivers Index Report

Global Right on Internet
The 2017 Affordability Report explores the policy progress made across 58 low- and middle-income countries. According to the report it...
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Dr Stella Nyanzi Granted Bail

Dr Stella Nyanzi Granted Bail

News Briefs
Kampala, 10, May 2017; Dr Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at Makerere University, who has spent 33 days on remand...
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Government’s intensified surveillance plot threatens civil liberties, says Unwanted Witness

Government’s intensified surveillance plot threatens civil liberties, says Unwanted Witness

UW Statements
Kampala, 4th/05/2017; The Unwanted Witness Uganda is opposed to government’s intensified surveillance scam without regulations to deter misuse and abuse...
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The World’s Largest Biometric Database is Leaking Indian Citizens’ Data — But Keeps On Growing

The World’s Largest Biometric Database is Leaking Indian Citizens’ Data — But Keeps On Growing

Global Right on Internet
Global Voices Over the last few months, the Indian twittersphere has been awash with citizens concerned about government websites leaking millions...
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Fiery Judge Puts MUK researcher’s Three Lawyers On Heels; Allots Them Five Minutes To Make Argument For Two Applications

Fiery Judge Puts MUK researcher’s Three Lawyers On Heels; Allots Them Five Minutes To Make Argument For Two Applications

Privacy Rights
Kampala, 26, April, 2017; High Court Judge Elizabeth Kabanda gave three lawyers representing Dr Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at...
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Uganda Communications Commission Act

Uganda Communications Commission Act

Litigation & HumanRights
Download full petition here... Uganda Communications Commission Act Petition
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Computer Misuse Act Section 25 Petition

Computer Misuse Act Section 25 Petition

Litigation & HumanRights
View or Download full petition here... computer misuse act sec 25
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Government Hinds to civic pressure extends SIM Card Validation to 19th May 2017.

Government Hinds to civic pressure extends SIM Card Validation to 19th May 2017.

News Briefs
Kampala, 19th April 2017; Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has directed telecom regulator, Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) to extend SIM...
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Sharing Citizens’ Biometric data from National ID with telecom companies is intended to seal a plot for mass surveillance,

Sharing Citizens’ Biometric data from National ID with telecom companies is intended to seal a plot for mass surveillance,

UW Statements
Press release;  Sharing Citizens’ Biometric data from National ID with telecom companies is intended to seal a plot for mass...
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Dr Stella Nyanzi Remanded to Luzira Maximum Prison

Dr Stella Nyanzi Remanded to Luzira Maximum Prison

News Briefs
Dr Stella Nnyanzi, a research fellow at Makerere University has been remanded to Luzira Maximum prison after pleading not guilty...
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Journalist Kidnapped and forced to delete her Facebook posts.

Journalist Kidnapped and forced to delete her Facebook posts.

News Briefs
A Ugandan journalist, Gertrude Tumusiime Uwitware was on Saturday 8th April 2017 kidnapped on gun point taken to unknown location...
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UCC Act compromises further the regulator’s independence

UCC Act compromises further the regulator’s independence

UW Statements
Passed amendment to UCC Act narrows space for freedom of expression both online and offline and compromises further the regulator’s...
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Uganda’s Spear News pulled down

Uganda’s Spear News pulled down

News Briefs
A Ugandan online news publication, Spear News www.thespearnews.com has today morning been pulled down by unknown people. The publication has...
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Parliament oversight role over Uganda Communication Commission scrapped off.

Parliament oversight role over Uganda Communication Commission scrapped off.

News Briefs
Kampala, 7th/April/2017; Parliament of Uganda yesterday, 6th April 2017, endorsed government amendments to the Uganda Communications amendment bill 2016, scrapping...
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Government Loses Key Clause as Parliament Passes the Anti-terrorism (Amendment Bill 2017)

Government Loses Key Clause as Parliament Passes the Anti-terrorism (Amendment Bill 2017)

News Briefs
Kampala, 6th April 2017; Government has lost out on its key provision in the newly passed Anti-Terrorism (Amendment Bill 2017)...
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Journalist receives death threats for supporting Nyanzi’s critical views

Journalist receives death threats for supporting Nyanzi’s critical views

News Briefs
Ugandan journalist receives death threats for supporting Nyanzi’s critical views against first lady Janet Museveni Kampala, 6/April/2017; Information reaching Unwanted...
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Sharing of the national identity card database with private telecoms is prone to abuse/misuse.

Sharing of the national identity card database with private telecoms is prone to abuse/misuse.

UW Statements
Kampala, 4th/04/2017; Unwanted Witness Uganda is greatly concerned by the recent move made by the government through its agencies to...
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EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June

EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June

Global Right on Internet
The European Commission will propose new measures in June to make it easier for police to access data on internet...
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Article 19 Joins Unwanted Witness onto social media shutdown lawsuit.

Article 19 Joins Unwanted Witness onto social media shutdown lawsuit.

News Briefs
High Court judge Waswa Basaza has today admitted Article 19 as an Amicus curie to the social media shutdown case...
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Enforcing SIM Card registration by Uganda’s regulator endangers citizens

Enforcing SIM Card registration by Uganda’s regulator endangers citizens

UW Statements
Press release;  Enforcing SIM Card registration by Uganda’s regulator endangers citizens’ right to Anonymity, privacy and freedom of expression, says...
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Post effects of #AIGPKaweesi Murder; citizens’ enjoyment of fundamental freedoms at the blink of degeneration

Post effects of #AIGPKaweesi Murder; citizens’ enjoyment of fundamental freedoms at the blink of degeneration

UW Statements
Kampala, 20th/03/2017; as the country continues to mourn the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi and his juniors; the Unwanted...
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President Museveni’s directive to roll out SPY cameras without an enabling law will endanger more lives

President Museveni’s directive to roll out SPY cameras without an enabling law will endanger more lives

UW Statements
Kampala, 17th/03/2017; the Unwanted Witness Uganda is dismayed by president Museveni’s directive to install SPY cameras on major towns and...
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Three challenges for the web, according to its inventor

Three challenges for the web, according to its inventor

Global Right on Internet
Originally posted by Web Foundation Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the world wide web. I imagined...
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Ugandan social media activist’s legal team insists on constitutional interpretation

Ugandan social media activist’s legal team insists on constitutional interpretation

News Briefs
Social media activist Swaibu Nsamba Gwogyolonga has through his attorney Martin Masiga of Rwakafuzi & Co. Advocates, insisted on having...
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Court sets hearing date for social media shutdown lawsuit.

Court sets hearing date for social media shutdown lawsuit.

News Briefs
Kampala, March 10th, 2017; High Court in Kampala has set May 22, 2017 as hearing date for an application in...
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Unwanted Witness petitions speaker of Parliament over amendments to the Communications Act.

Unwanted Witness petitions speaker of Parliament over amendments to the Communications Act.

News Briefs
Kampala, 2/March/2017; Unwanted Witness and Center for Law and Development, have petitioned the speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga challenging...
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Anti Terrorism Petition

Anti Terrorism Petition

Litigation & HumanRights
View or download full petition here... Anti-terrorism-petition
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Uganda’s poor human rights record negatively impacts on Kampala lawyer’s law suit in Ireland

Uganda’s poor human rights record negatively impacts on Kampala lawyer’s law suit in Ireland

News Briefs
Several reports published by both national and international rights groups have for years put Uganda government on spot for her...
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GoU Tables Amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2002 (as amended 2015).

GoU Tables Amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2002 (as amended 2015).

News Briefs
Kampala, 3rd /February/2017; Barely in less than two years, Ugandan government is seeking to amend the Anti-terrorism act, 2015. The...
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Uganda Police unleashes new method of spying

Uganda Police unleashes new method of spying

News Briefs
Kampala, 30th January 2017; Uganda Police has launched a “Crime Preventers” app targeting and tracking Internet users real time particularly...
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UG’s Most threatening Cyber laws to FOE & Privacy online named

UG’s Most threatening Cyber laws to FOE & Privacy online named

UW Statements
Kampala, 18th/January/2017, As Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate international Internet freedom day, Unwanted Witness has named...
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Online activist gets Bail as Prosecution parades two witnesses.

Online activist gets Bail as Prosecution parades two witnesses.

News Briefs
Kampala, January 3rd, 2017; Buganda road court magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has granted a 50m shillings none cash bail to Swaibu Nsamba Gwogyolonga who has spent over two weeks on remand at Luzira prison. Nsamba is being charged...
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HRDs in Uganda fear for Govt’s persecution as a result of state secret surveillance

HRDs in Uganda fear for Govt’s persecution as a result of state secret surveillance

UW Statements
Kampala, 26/12/2016; Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Uganda’s capital, Kampala have expressed fear that Ugandan government is likely to retaliate...
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Court charges an online activist with libel and offensive communication, remanded to prison.

Court charges an online activist with libel and offensive communication, remanded to prison.

News Briefs
Kampala, December 19th, 2016; Buganda road court magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has today remanded Swaibu Nsamba Gwogyolonga to Luzira prison after...
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Modify the Data Protection & Privacy Bill, 2015 to make provision for an independent Data Protection Commission – Unwanted Witness Legal Analysis Report.

Modify the Data Protection & Privacy Bill, 2015 to make provision for an independent Data Protection Commission – Unwanted Witness Legal Analysis Report.

UW Statements
Kampala, 15th/12/2016; The Unwanted Witness and Cluster for Privacy in Uganda welcomes the development of the Data Protection Bill, 2015...
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Nebbi Blogger is receiving life-threatening messages

Nebbi Blogger is receiving life-threatening messages

News Briefs
Nebbi, 14th/December/2016; information reaching the Unwanted Witness indicates that the leadership of Nebbi Diocese Church of Uganda is threatening a...
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Police Confiscates mobile phone, arrest and detain activist over a Facebook post.

Police Confiscates mobile phone, arrest and detain activist over a Facebook post.

News Briefs
Updated:December 15th, 2016 CID Extends activist’s Bond.The Criminal Investigation Department of Kibuli, Kampala has extended the police bond for Swaibu Nsamba...
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Gov’t in the Spotlight over limiting Internet Freedom

Gov’t in the Spotlight over limiting Internet Freedom

Privacy Rights
"The state under which institutions operate particularly the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) at the moment, puts it in a situation that...
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International H/Rights Day 2016; Why GOU is criminalising the Internet?

International H/Rights Day 2016; Why GOU is criminalising the Internet?

Blog
During early years of internet penetration in Uganda, many if not all Ugandans who had access to the internet by...
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Fighting for Freedom of Speech in Uganda – The Untold Story

Fighting for Freedom of Speech in Uganda – The Untold Story

Global Right on Internet
Originally published by CRD During the last decade, several laws that impinge on Internet freedom have been adopted in Uganda....
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African commission on Human & people’s  rights upholds freedom of expression & information on the Internet

African commission on Human & people’s rights upholds freedom of expression & information on the Internet

UW Statements
Unwanted Witness Uganda welcomes a resolution by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights for Upholding the Right to Freedom of Information and Expression...
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Ugandan Journalist faces Death as punishment for social media posting.

Ugandan Journalist faces Death as punishment for social media posting.

News Briefs
Kasese, November 1st, 2016; A Ugandan Journalist working with KTN based in Kenya, Joy Doreen Biira and four others are...
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Unwanted Witness Uganda Demands for Unconditional Release of the KTN Journalist.

Unwanted Witness Uganda Demands for Unconditional Release of the KTN Journalist.

UW Statements
Kasese, 28th /November/2016, Unwanted Witness is dismayed by the arbitrary arrest of journalist Joy Doreen Biira over social media posts...
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Journalist arrested over publishing photos of a burning palace online.

Journalist arrested over publishing photos of a burning palace online.

News Briefs
Kasese, November 28th, 2016; Police in Kasese has arrested a journalist working for KTN based in Kenya for allegedly sharing...
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Unwanted Witness Uganda sues Ugandan government, seeks a Permanent Injunction against Internet Blockage.

UW Statements
Kampala, 25th /November/2016, For the first time in the history of Uganda, the Uganda government and Internet Service Providers have...
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Unwanted Witness Sues Uganda Government and 8 ISPs over illegal Internet Disruption

Unwanted Witness Sues Uganda Government and 8 ISPs over illegal Internet Disruption

News Briefs
Kampala November 23rd, 2016; Unwanted Witness Uganda has sued Ugandan government and 8 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for violating citizens’...
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Facebook’s Free Basics Is an African Dictator’s Dream

Facebook’s Free Basics Is an African Dictator’s Dream

Global Right on Internet
The tech giant’s no-frills app gives governments a version of the internet they can influence, if not totally control. NAIROBI...
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The Report on the Economic Impact of Internet Shutdown is Commendable, Says UW

The Report on the Economic Impact of Internet Shutdown is Commendable, Says UW

UW Statements
Kampala, 1st/November/2016, Unwanted Witness Uganda commends the center for technology at Brookings for its research on the economic impact of...
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Activists query free government internet, demand data protection law

Activists query free government internet, demand data protection law

Privacy Rights
By Daily Monitor In Summary Mr Wokulira Ssebaggala, the chief executive officer of Unwanted Witness-Uganda, a communication rights organization, said...
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Parliament should urgently pass the Privacy and Data Protection Bill, 2015 to protect citizens’ personal info

Parliament should urgently pass the Privacy and Data Protection Bill, 2015 to protect citizens’ personal info

UW Statements
Parliament should urgently pass the Privacy and Data Protection Bill, 2015 to protect citizens’ personal information being targeted by both...
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Internet Shutdown Petition

Internet Shutdown Petition

Litigation & HumanRights
View and download full Petition. Internet shutdown
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Free Internet in Kampala & Entebbe could be a move to target government critics

Free Internet in Kampala & Entebbe could be a move to target government critics

UW Statements
Kampala, 22nd /September/2016; the Unwanted Witness welcomes the first ever-free Internet in Uganda however, concerned about the narrowing civic space...
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WhatsApp users to receive adverts

WhatsApp users to receive adverts

Global Right on Internet
WhatsApp says it will begin sharing more data with Facebook and will start letting some companies send messages to users....
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Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws

Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws

Global Right on Internet
Flaws in Apple's iOS operating system have been discovered that made it possible to install spyware on a target's device...
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Word Games: What the NSA Means by “Targeted” Surveillance Under Section 702

Word Games: What the NSA Means by “Targeted” Surveillance Under Section 702

Global Right on Internet
We all know that the NSA uses word games to hide and downplay its activities. Words like "collect," "conversations," "communications," and even...
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With Windows 10, Microsoft Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy: A Deep Dive

With Windows 10, Microsoft Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy: A Deep Dive

Global Right on Internet
Microsoft had an ambitious goal with the launch of Windows 10: a billion devices running the software by the end of...
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White House LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Briefing addresses national issues

White House LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Briefing addresses national issues

Global Right on Internet
The country faces a plethora of issues that affect millions of people every day. Although there has been some progress as...
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Government should invest in expanding the Internet coverage and speed before taxation,

Government should invest in expanding the Internet coverage and speed before taxation,

UW Statements
Kampala 16th August 2016; the Unwanted Witness Uganda and the Digital Empowerment Initiative for Eastern Africa want government to focus...
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Ugandan Government Proposes a New Tax on data.

Ugandan Government Proposes a New Tax on data.

News Briefs
Kampala, 12th/August/2016; information reaching the Unwanted Witness indicates that Uganda’s tax body, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is introducing a levy...
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New online tool reveals how the global surveillance industry is watching you

New online tool reveals how the global surveillance industry is watching you

Global Right on Internet
The global surveillance industry is a monstrous thing. Repressive regimes are now routinely acquiring powerful surveillance technology from private firms...
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Research shows deleted WhatsApp messages aren’t actually deleted

Research shows deleted WhatsApp messages aren’t actually deleted

Global Right on Internet
Chat logs from WhatsApp linger on your phone even after you’ve deleted them, according to new research published by iOS...
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End-to-end encryption: What does the government really want to do about it?

End-to-end encryption: What does the government really want to do about it?

Global Right on Internet
The UK government's message about the use of end-to-end encryption still remains deeply unclear. The government's controversial web surveillance legislation...
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UCC must investigate widespread claims of fraudulent charges by Telecom Companies.

UCC must investigate widespread claims of fraudulent charges by Telecom Companies.

UW Statements
Kampala, 18TH/July/2016, Unwanted witness Uganda has petitioned Uganda’s telecom regulator, Uganda communications commission (UCC) calling for an urgent investigation into...
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Nivdort: Data-Stealing Trojan Arrives via Spam

Nivdort: Data-Stealing Trojan Arrives via Spam

Global Right on Internet
Originally posted by McAfee During the past couple of weeks, McAfee Labs has observed a huge increase in spam related to...
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UN Condemns Internet Shutdowns.

UN Condemns Internet Shutdowns.

Privacy Rights
Geneva, 1st/July/2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council has unanimous condemned Internet shutdowns which occurred in Uganda during 2016 general...
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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion & protection of the right to freedom of opinion & expression

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion & protection of the right to freedom of opinion & expression

Global Right on Internet
The private sector’s role in the digital age appears pervasive and ever-growing, a driving force behind the greatest expansion of...
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New Report: FBI Can Access Hundreds of Millions of Face Recognition Photos

New Report: FBI Can Access Hundreds of Millions of Face Recognition Photos

Global Right on Internet
Originally Published at EFF According to the GAO Report, FBI’s Facial Analysis, Comparison, and Evaluation (FACE) Services unit not only has...
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Save the Internet

Save the Internet

Global Right on Internet
Net neutrality explained. Why we need to save the internet! please follow savetheinternet.eu to take action
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Uganda registers a second case of criminal libel over online publication

Uganda registers a second case of criminal libel over online publication

News Briefs
Lyantonde, 27/06/2016; interests to control expression and opinion online is growing further in Uganda as another freelance journalist Sadat Waligo...
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No Such Thing As Free Internet (Zero-Rating Explained)

No Such Thing As Free Internet (Zero-Rating Explained)

Global Right on Internet
What’s Going On? There’s no such thing as free Internet. When your mobile operator offers you free data in some...
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The Right to Privacy in Uganda

The Right to Privacy in Uganda

Privacy Rights
Privacy is a fundamental human right, enshrined in numerous international human rights instruments.1 It is central to the protection of human...
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Facebook’s suicide prevention tools will now be available to all users

Facebook’s suicide prevention tools will now be available to all users

Global Right on Internet
Facebook has updated its suicide prevention tools and is now making them available worldwide. The tools, which let people flag posts...
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In victory for Obama, court backs strict Internet regulation

In victory for Obama, court backs strict Internet regulation

Global Right on Internet
Federal regulators can strictly oversee the Internet to ensure that content flows freely to consumers, a court ruled Tuesday in a...
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Why We Stil Recommend Signal Over Whatsapp… Even Though They Both Use End-To-End Encryption

Why We Stil Recommend Signal Over Whatsapp… Even Though They Both Use End-To-End Encryption

Global Right on Internet
Or you might have read about this when it was all over the news. WhatsApp's collaboration with Open Whisper Systems recently...
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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft agree to remove hate speech across the EU

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft agree to remove hate speech across the EU

Global Right on Internet
Facebook, Twitter, Google’s YouTube, Microsoft as well as the European Commission unveiled a new code of conduct to remove hate...
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Analysis of Uganda Cyber Laws Report

UW Reports
In a new report, Unwanted Witness Uganda and Civil rights defenders provide a joint analysis on cyber laws in Uganda and their...
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Uganda’s Cyber Making it risky for one to Use.

Uganda’s Cyber Making it risky for one to Use.

Privacy Rights
The right to freedom of expression goes hand in hand with the right to privacy and this was recognized by...
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Analysed Cyber Laws Of Uganda Report

Analysed Cyber Laws Of Uganda Report

UW Reports
Uganda’s cyber legal regime is too weak to uphold and protect Internet freedoms and Privacy; says the Unwanted Witness analysis...
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UG’s authoritarian cyber laws are facilitating the continuous blockage of Social Media & the Internet; UW Report

UG’s authoritarian cyber laws are facilitating the continuous blockage of Social Media & the Internet; UW Report

UW Statements
Kampala, 16th/05/2016; Close to a dozen of cyber laws in Uganda have a direct impact on people’s right to privacy, use of...
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#FASTAfrica: A Message to Delegates at the World Economic Forum on Africa

#FASTAfrica: A Message to Delegates at the World Economic Forum on Africa

Global Right on Internet
“Everyone deserves to be connected to a FAST Internet — one which is Fast, Affordable, Safe and Transparent. Nowhere is this...
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Uganda has launched a total social media blackout: Ugandans on VPN

Uganda has launched a total social media blackout: Ugandans on VPN

Global Right on Internet
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni was sworn in today (May 12) for his fifth term amid military jets, congratulatory African leaders, and...
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Uganda’s Internet is blocked for the second time in less than 3 Months.

Uganda’s Internet is blocked for the second time in less than 3 Months.

News Briefs
Kampala May 11, 2016; Its 5:45PM Ugandan time, the government blocks the internet in a space of less than three...
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Rethinking security for the Internet of Things

Rethinking security for the Internet of Things

Global Right on Internet
Many people scoffed in January 2014 when Cisco CEO John Chambers pegged the “Internet of Everything” as a potential $17 trillion market,...
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UW Presser on the World Press freedom Day

UW Presser on the World Press freedom Day

UW Statements
The Unwanted Witness Uganda welcomes Data Protection and Privacy Bill 2015; Asks Parliament to consult widely Kampala, 3rd/May/2016, As Uganda...
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UW Brief: University Don is Facing Online Impersonation attacks

UW Brief: University Don is Facing Online Impersonation attacks

News Briefs
Kampala 28th April 2016; A Makerere University Don Dr. Stella Nyanzi is facing online impersonation attacks on both her Facebook...
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UW Brief: Uganda’s Data Protection and Privacy bill 2015 is tabled before Parliament

UW Brief: Uganda’s Data Protection and Privacy bill 2015 is tabled before Parliament

News Briefs
Kampala 26th April 26, 2016, drafted in 2014; the much awaited Data Protection and Privacy Bill 2015 has been tabled...
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Amnesty International: Encryption is a Human Rights Issue

Amnesty International: Encryption is a Human Rights Issue

Global Right on Internet
New Report Analyzes How Crypto Backdoors, Interference with Crypto, and Compelled Disclosure of Encryption Keys All Impact Free Expression and...
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Uganda‘s Netizens are being threatened

Uganda‘s Netizens are being threatened

News Briefs
Kampala, 21st/03/2016; Uganda’s Netizen are receiving direct threats from people who seem to be organized over critical posts on the...
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Kayihura ordered social media shutdown – UCC

Kayihura ordered social media shutdown – UCC

Blog
By Observer Team Godfrey Mutabazi, the executive director of the Uganda Communications Commission, has said in a sworn affidavit that...
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Press Statement on the New Social Media Bill

Press Statement on the New Social Media Bill

UW Statements
We welcome government’s efforts that promote and protect Internet freedoms not controls, says the Unwanted Witness Uganda Kampala, 11th/03/2016; the...
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News Brief; Finally a social media platform bill is tabled in Parliament.

News Brief; Finally a social media platform bill is tabled in Parliament.

News Briefs
Kampala, 11th/03/2016; Finally, it has come true six months ago when the Unwanted Witness published an alert that flagged government’s...
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Stop Post Election Arrests Connected to Internet Use; Unwanted Witness calls on Uganda Police

Stop Post Election Arrests Connected to Internet Use; Unwanted Witness calls on Uganda Police

UW Statements
 The Unwanted Witness is concerned by the new wave of post election arrests by police connected to the use of...
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Ruling party leaders want social media platforms indefinitely closed.

Ruling party leaders want social media platforms indefinitely closed.

News Briefs
Internet shutdown roams in Uganda as ruling party leaders want social media platforms indefinitely closed. Kampala, 07th/03/2016; The Social Media...
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UW News Brief: Fresh Crack down on Social Media in Uganda

UW News Brief: Fresh Crack down on Social Media in Uganda

News Briefs
Kampala, 1st/February/ 2016; Barely less than two weeks when social media platforms were blocked, the Uganda government through the Uganda...
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GOU should review & amend the cyber legal framework

GOU should review & amend the cyber legal framework

Blog
Hiding behind the color of the law to stifle Internet freedoms; government should review and amend the cyber legal framework...
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UW – CSO’s Joint letter on Internet Shutdowns in Uganda

News Briefs
On 18th February 2016 a date that was set for the elections of the president and Member of Parliaments, it...
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The 2015-16 Internet Affordability Report

The 2015-16 Internet Affordability Report

Global Right on Internet
Everyone should have access to the Internet. So concluded the 193 member states of the United Nations when they agreed on...
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UW news brief; Government bows down to pressure, unblocks the social media platforms

News Briefs
Kampala, 22nd/Feb/2016; five days with no access to social media platforms, Ugandan government has bowed down to global pressure and...
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Press Release on UCC’s Illegal Social Media Shutdown.

Press Release on UCC’s Illegal Social Media Shutdown.

UW Statements
Internet Freedoms and Right to Privacy; targeted causalities of Uganda`s general elections at the expense of a weak and compromised...
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Facebook Distances Itself From Marc Andreessen’s Statements On Free Basics

Facebook Distances Itself From Marc Andreessen’s Statements On Free Basics

Global Right on Internet
Marc Andreessen is having quite a contrite Wednesday. Andreessen, who currently sits on Facebook’s board, caused a stir last night with his...
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POLICE TEMPORARILY STOPS ONLINE ACTIVIST FROM REPORTING ON BOND

POLICE TEMPORARILY STOPS ONLINE ACTIVIST FROM REPORTING ON BOND

UW Statements
UPDATED Kampala 29TH January 2016, Uganda Police Force under the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Kireka has temporarily stopped online...
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Open letter to Mark Zuckerberg on Net Neutrality advocacy in India

Open letter to Mark Zuckerberg on Net Neutrality advocacy in India

Global Right on Internet
More than 30 groups from around the world have signed an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg regarding Facebook’s recent actions concerning...
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World Internet Freedom Day, 2016

World Internet Freedom Day, 2016

UW Statements
Harassment of online activists and use of unfriendly cyber laws are curtailing online freedoms in Uganda - says the Unwanted...
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Unwanted Witness Report on Internet Freedoms in Uganda

Governance and accountability
The right to privacy and internet freedom are facing enormous (growing) threats as Ugandan government starts to import surveillance equipment...
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Daily Monitor: Ex-spy Rwomushana freed on police bond

Daily Monitor: Ex-spy Rwomushana freed on police bond

News Briefs
Kampala. Former intelligence operative with the Internal Security Organisation Charles Rwomushana has been released four days after he was detained...
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UW STATEMENT On the Kidnap and detaining online activists incommunicado

UW Statements
Press release                                    ...
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SHRINKING CIVIC POLITICAL SPACE

SHRINKING CIVIC POLITICAL SPACE

Blog
SHRINKING CIVIC POLITICAL SPACE; Government Seeks To Amend the Anti-Terrorism Act to target civil society foreign funding. Kampala, 08th/01/2016; Barely...
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UW – Petitions UCC calling for Investigations into Abuse of Customers’ Right to privacy

UW – Petitions UCC calling for Investigations into Abuse of Customers’ Right to privacy

UW Statements
The Unwanted Witness Petitions Uganda Communications Commission to conduct investigations into the MTN Uganda’s sharing and misuse of subscribers’ personal...
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Press Statement on MTN Uganda sharing Subscribers’ data with ruling NRM party for Campaigns

Press Statement on MTN Uganda sharing Subscribers’ data with ruling NRM party for Campaigns

UW Statements
MTN Uganda Must explain circumstances under which it shared personal data of its 10 million subscribers to ruling party the...
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MTN Uganda has shared subscribers’ data with the ruling party NRM

MTN Uganda has shared subscribers’ data with the ruling party NRM

News Briefs
The UW-News brief: MTN Uganda has shared subscribers’ data with the ruling party NRM to solicit for votes for president...
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Digital Rights; its becoming hard to enjoy them in Uganda!

Digital Rights; its becoming hard to enjoy them in Uganda!

Blog
#Internet4Ug Digital rights describe the human rights that allow individuals to access, use, create and publish digital media or to...
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Press release: On the occasion of Human Rights Day 2015 in a Nation Where Surveillance Is Ubiquitous

UW Statements
Kampala, 10TH/Dec/2015, Protect Human Rights Defenders from misuse of spyware by security agencies, a call to parliament of Uganda as...
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Why SIM Card deactivation will disenfranchise voters in Uganda’s forthcoming election?

Why SIM Card deactivation will disenfranchise voters in Uganda’s forthcoming election?

Blog
By the Unwanted Witness team; Have you ever thought of spending hours or even a day without a cell phone?...
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SIM Card deactivation is to cause voter disenfranchisement, please halt it-says the Unwanted Witness

SIM Card deactivation is to cause voter disenfranchisement, please halt it-says the Unwanted Witness

UW Statements
Press release  The Observer on Telecom Companies SIM Card deactivation is to cause voter disenfranchisement, please halt it-says the Unwanted...
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Over 300,000 MTN unregistered subscribers disconnected in a fresh wave of fighting anonymity by Government.

Over 300,000 MTN unregistered subscribers disconnected in a fresh wave of fighting anonymity by Government.

UW Statements
The Unwanted Witness News-brief; Barely one month after it was revealed that Uganda Government bought Spyware, over 300,000 MTN unregistered...
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Facebook Sees Sharp Spike in Hong Kong Government’s Requests for User Data

Facebook Sees Sharp Spike in Hong Kong Government’s Requests for User Data

Global Right on Internet
This post was written by Vivienne Zeng and originally published on Hong Kong Free Press on November 14. An edited version is...
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Bridging the Gender Digital Divide, a Cause for National Development.

Bridging the Gender Digital Divide, a Cause for National Development.

Blog
#Internet4Ug By the Unwanted Witness team; Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are now an irreplaceable tool in society given the...
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UW Brief; Internet allegedly being censored at presidential rallies.

UW Brief; Internet allegedly being censored at presidential rallies.

News Briefs
Kampala, 13th/11/2015; Reports coming in from presidential rallies allege that the Internet is being censored and Internet enabled mobile devices...
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IGF 2015

IGF 2015

Global Right on Internet
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015 is going on in JOÃO PESSOA - BRAZIL and it's facilitating discussions on public policy...
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UW News brief, The NRM Manifesto; Uganda Internet faces risk of being killed

UW News brief, The NRM Manifesto; Uganda Internet faces risk of being killed

News Briefs
Kampala, 09th/Nov/2015; the Ugandan Internet is facing risks of being killed as the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Manifesto fails to...
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Uganda #Netfreedom2015

Uganda #Netfreedom2015

Global Right on Internet
Key Developments: JUNE 2014—MAY 2015 Four individuals were arrested for their alleged involvement with Facebook pages known for critical commentary...
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Protecting the right to privacy in Africa in the digital age

Protecting the right to privacy in Africa in the digital age

Global Right on Internet
The right to privacy, as guaranteed in Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and many other provisions...
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Netizen Report: Uganda Vows to Step Up Online Censorship

UW in the Media
Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the...
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Why Kampala administration cannot survive without spyware technologies

Why Kampala administration cannot survive without spyware technologies

Blog
By the Unwanted Witness Uganda has experienced decades of civil strives especially as a result of power struggling during regime...
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Internet.org to Africa; it will promote interests of inventor and endanger citizens lives.

Internet.org to Africa; it will promote interests of inventor and endanger citizens lives.

Blog
By the Unwanted Witness When Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook announced the launch of internet.org on 21st...
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For God and My President: State Surveillance In Uganda

UW in the Media
The Unwanted Witness therefore demands that: 1.Government should come out clearly to explain why they are deploying surveillance equipment to...
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Use of Secret Surveillance in Uganda is Unjust.

Use of Secret Surveillance in Uganda is Unjust.

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PRESS STATEMENT Kampala, 16/October/2015, Unwanted Witness Uganda is welcoming the new investigative report revealing the government of Uganda’s grand ambitions of...
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Ugandan government deployed FinFisher spyware to ‘crush’ opposition, track elected officials and media in secret operation during post-election protests, documents reveal

Ugandan government deployed FinFisher spyware to ‘crush’ opposition, track elected officials and media in secret operation during post-election protests, documents reveal

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Privacy International's new report, For God and My President: State Surveillance in Uganda, exposes the secret surveillance operation and the government's attempts...
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Uganda’s grand ambitions of secret surveillance

Uganda’s grand ambitions of secret surveillance

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  BREAKING: FOR GOD & MY PRESIDENT "We are saddened by these findings and we demand that the Kampala government...
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Learn the basics about all that creepy spy tech that police around the US are now using

Learn the basics about all that creepy spy tech that police around the US are now using

Global Right on Internet
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's new Law Enforcement Technology Primer for Civilian Oversight Bodies is a short, easy-to-understand guide for non-technical people that...
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The Snowden effect: new privacy wins await after data transfer ruling

The Snowden effect: new privacy wins await after data transfer ruling

Global Right on Internet
Many politicians held their nose and voted for the USA Freedom Act in June, hoping that the Snowden revelations would recede into the distance...
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A planned new law will criminalize Social Media and its users

A planned new law will criminalize Social Media and its users

News Briefs
A planned new law will criminalize Social Media and its users, Says Unwanted Witness Uganda. Kampala, 6th/October/2015, Unwanted witness Uganda...
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UW News Brief: A new Law to Control Social Media usage in Uganda

UW News Brief: A new Law to Control Social Media usage in Uganda

News Briefs
The Unwanted Witness (UW) News Brief: Uganda government is planning to introduce a new law to control the use of...
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Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg Regarding Internet.org, Net Neutrality, Privacy, and Security

Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg Regarding Internet.org, Net Neutrality, Privacy, and Security

Global Right on Internet
Dear Mark Zuckerberg, We, the undersigned, share a common concern about the launch and expansion of Facebook’s Internet.org platform and its implications...
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Emails Reveal Uganda Government Role In Mass Surveillance

Global Right on Internet
SAN FRANCISCO — On the afternoon of April 22, Dotan Peltz, the head of sales at an Israeli surveillance company...
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European Parliament Condemns Mass Surveillance, Shames Complicity With NSA, And Demands Encryption, Net Neutrality, Free/Open Software In New Report

Global Right on Internet
The European Parliament just adopted a report that goes way further in the right direction than anything seen before from...
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Troubling rise of tracking headers worldwide

Troubling rise of tracking headers worldwide

Global Right on Internet
Do you trust your carrier when you sign up for a new mobile phone? You may not realize that when...
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Special report: Encryption, anonymity as safeguards for press freedom

Global Right on Internet
UN special rapporteur says tools 'create a zone of privacy to protect opinion and belief' The alleged involvement of Igor...
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Will the internet of things result in predictable people?

Will the internet of things result in predictable people?

Global Right on Internet
We’re told that eventually sensors will be everywhere. Not just in phones, tablets, and laptops. Not just in the wearables...
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Uganda’s Airtel is sharing subscribers’ data with politicians for early campaigning ahead of 2016 general elections.

Uganda’s Airtel is sharing subscribers’ data with politicians for early campaigning ahead of 2016 general elections.

News Briefs
Kampala, 7th /August/2015; As Uganda prepares for 2016 general elections, actors decry the miss-use of customers` personal information/ data by...
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Learn from the security experts; things they do to keep safe online

Learn from the security experts; things they do to keep safe online

Global Right on Internet
Cybersecurity experts aren’t like you or I, and now we have the evidence to prove it. Researchers at Google interviewed...
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Data Privacy Just Makes Good Business Sense

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Data, data everywhere and companies sucking it up at breakneck speed, sometimes without rhyme or reason, just feeding the big data...
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Why encryption back doors threaten human rights

Global Right on Internet
In recent years, pro-democracy and pro-human rights protesters from Egypt and Tunisia to Thailand and Hong Kong have used social...
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Hacking Team hacked: How to protect yourself

Hacking Team hacked: How to protect yourself

Global Right on Internet
Global surveillance is a global industry, and as the headlines yesterday revealed, repressive governments are often eager customers. Hacking Team,...
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Anonymously Access Wi-Fi Located Up To 2.5 Miles Away Using This Device

Anonymously Access Wi-Fi Located Up To 2.5 Miles Away Using This Device

Global Right on Internet
n this era of government surveillance, remaining anonymous has become next to impossible for every Internet user. There is almost...
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Hacking into campaign data ‘poised to rise’

Hacking into campaign data ‘poised to rise’

Blog
By Francis Emorut      KAMPALA - As Uganda readies for general elections due early next year, a Makerere University senior law...
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Social Media Day #SMDay

Social Media Day #SMDay

UW Statements
As the Unwanted Witness joins the rest of the world to commemorate Social Media day today, unwanted witness notes that...
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Uproar over unsolicited Museveni campaign SMS

Uproar over unsolicited Museveni campaign SMS

News Briefs
President Museveni’s latest attempt to use modern technology to court voters has run into trouble, with the NRM chairman accused...
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Crackdown on social media is a threat to digital rights, says activists

Crackdown on social media is a threat to digital rights, says activists

UW Statements
KAMPALA. The establishment of the Police Cybercrime Unit is a government move intended to limit the enjoyment of fundamental rights...
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SOCIAL MEDIA CRACKDOWN IS A THREAT TO DIGITAL RIGHTS AND INTERNET FREEDOMS

SOCIAL MEDIA CRACKDOWN IS A THREAT TO DIGITAL RIGHTS AND INTERNET FREEDOMS

UW Statements
Kampala, 22nd /June/2015; While the Internet has for a very long time been a vital source of information, news and...
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Crackdown on social media crime starts

Crackdown on social media crime starts

News Briefs
Kampala. Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has established a cybercrime unit and appointed its head, days after President Museveni...
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Germany drops inquiry into claims NSA tapped Angela Merkel’s phone

Germany drops inquiry into claims NSA tapped Angela Merkel’s phone

Global Right on Internet
German federal prosecutors have closed their investigation into the alleged tapping of Angela Merkel’s mobile phone by the US National...
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USA FREEDOM Act becomes law

Global Right on Internet
Just two days after the expiration of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act — the authority the National Security...
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Encryption is key to human rights

Encryption is key to human rights

Global Right on Internet
Encryption an anonymity are strong neighbors to human rights as it enables freedom of expression. Here's what the Special Rapporteur...
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Facebook’s free internet limits poor users

Facebook’s free internet limits poor users

Global Right on Internet
Speed read Internet.org initiative got 9 million people online in a year, Facebook says But critics say Facebook’s own site...
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Under Fire In India, Facebook’s Internet.org Launches In Indonesia

Under Fire In India, Facebook’s Internet.org Launches In Indonesia

Global Right on Internet
Facebook’s ‘free web’ Internet.org program has expanded into Indonesia, a country with a 250 million population, marking its second largest...
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Mark Zuckerberg About Internet.org

Mark Zuckerberg About Internet.org

Global Right on Internet
Today, we're taking the next step with Internet.org by enabling anyone to build free basic internet services to help connect...
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Facebook Opens Internet.Org To All Developers In Response To Net Neutrality Concerns

Facebook Opens Internet.Org To All Developers In Response To Net Neutrality Concerns

Global Right on Internet
Facebook is turning Internet.org, its project to provide free internet to new users, into a platform. The move comes amid criticism of...
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For LGBT Ugandans, physical security threats often translate into digital threats and vice versa

For LGBT Ugandans, physical security threats often translate into digital threats and vice versa

UW Statements
Uganda has been in the news headlines around the world since 2009, when it introduced its first Anti-homosexuality Bill and...
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EU proposal on airline passenger data sharing

Global Right on Internet
EU proposal on airline passenger data sharing: no still means no In February, MEP Timothy Kirkhope presented to the European...
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Canadians Speak Out Against Controversial Anti-Terrorism Legislation Bill C-51

Canadians Speak Out Against Controversial Anti-Terrorism Legislation Bill C-51

Global Right on Internet
Hundreds of Canadians gathered in cities across the country over the weekend, coming together to protest the controversial anti-terrorism Bill...
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Leaked papers reveal NZ plan to spy on China for US

Leaked papers reveal NZ plan to spy on China for US

Global Right on Internet
Our spies and America's top government hackers cooked up a plan to crack into a data link between Chinese Government...
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France wants to fight terrorism by spying on everyone

Global Right on Internet
French lawmakers have spent the past four days debating a controversial anti-terrorism bill that, if passed, would dramatically expand the government's surveillance...
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1 million sites imperiled by dangerous bug in WordPress plugin

1 million sites imperiled by dangerous bug in WordPress plugin

Global Right on Internet
As many as a million websites could be imperiled by a critical vulnerability recently discovered in WP-Super-Cache, a WordPress plugin...
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Google Chrome will banish Chinese certificate authority for breach of trust

Google Chrome will banish Chinese certificate authority for breach of trust

Global Right on Internet
Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox browsers will stop trusting all new digital certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information...
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Net neutrality emails raise suspicions

Net neutrality emails raise suspicions

Global Right on Internet
A number of messages to lawmakers purporting to be from average constituents who oppose the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules...
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Energy companies around the world infected by newly discovered malware

Global Right on Internet
Researchers have uncovered an ongoing espionage campaign that uses custom-developed malware to siphon confidential data out of energy companies around...
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Obama Signs Executive Order Aimed at Stopping Foreign Cyberattacks

Obama Signs Executive Order Aimed at Stopping Foreign Cyberattacks

Global Right on Internet
Declaring that cyberattacks endanger national security, President Barack Obama on Wednesday launched a war on foreign hackers engaged in malicious...
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Uganda government is lacking funds to enact a law on Data Protection and Privacy

Uganda government is lacking funds to enact a law on Data Protection and Privacy

News Briefs
UW News Brief: Kampala, 13th/ March/ 2015; The Unwanted Witness Uganda has learnt that government has no funds to facilitate...
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Ethiopia suspected of spying on independent TV network ESAT

Global Right on Internet
New York, March 10, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by research that indicates the Ethiopian government used spyware...
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Open letter to Hacking Team

Global Right on Internet
March 9, 2015 Tagged: Hacking Team, Surveillance, Targeted Threats Categories: Ron Deibert March 5, 2015 Sent via e-mail: info@hackingteam.com Dear...
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Cyber Violence against Women; a threat to women’s participation online

Cyber Violence against Women; a threat to women’s participation online

Blog
As Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate international women’s day, the Unwanted witness Uganda and women of...
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#InternationalWomensDay2015 #ICT4WOMEN

#InternationalWomensDay2015 #ICT4WOMEN

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The Unwanted Witness in partnership with Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) have organised   an online twitterthon to celebrate women’s day...
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“A real victory for freedom of expression” – UN rights expert hails US move to keep Internet open

Global Right on Internet
GENEVA (27 February 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, today welcomed...
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NATIONAL CONSULTANT/ICT TECHNICAL SERVICES

Privacy Rights
The Unwanted Witness Uganda is a civil society organization, whose mission is to contribute to good governance through effective and...
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REPORT ON THE PROCUREMENT OF EQUIPMENT FOR THE NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION SYSTEM (NSIS) /THE NATIONAL ID PROJECT

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Report of the committee on defence and internal affairs on the inquiry into the procurement of equipment for the National...
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International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance

Global Right on Internet
As technologies that facilitate State surveillance of communications advance, States are failing to ensure that laws, regulations, activities, powers, and...
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DEMAND AN END TO MASS SURVEILLANCE

Global Right on Internet
As technologies that facilitate State surveillance of communications advance, States are failing to ensure that laws, regulations, activities, powers, and...
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Worldwide campaign to discover depth of GCHQ’s illegal spying.

Global Right on Internet
The Unwanted Witness Uganda joins worldwide campaign to discover depth of GCHQ's illegal spying. The Unwanted Witness today has joined...
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Re-thinking the workings of community radios: how community is a community radio in Uganda

Re-thinking the workings of community radios: how community is a community radio in Uganda

Privacy Rights
The media in Uganda was owned and controlled by the state until the liberalization of the economy in 1990s. The...
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UW News Brief: UCC threatens to shut down social media platforms.

UW News Brief: UCC threatens to shut down social media platforms.

News Briefs
Ugandans’ engagement on various online social media platforms including whats App and Facebook has caused unrest among various state agencies....
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About the Project

Privacy Rights
“Land is the source of our livelihood; it helps to produce food to feed families, provides a place of cultural...
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Over 10,000 Online Activists Petition Parliament.

Over 10,000 Online Activists Petition Parliament.

News Briefs
Kampala, 30th/ Jan/ 2015; Over 10,000 online activists have petitioned the speaker of the Ugandan parliament demanding for upgrading of...
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Stop Demonising Encryption and Privacy

News Briefs
Governments. The Internet. Freedom. Privacy. Security. When you put all of those terms together it’s usually because they’ve had yet...
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Privacy Risks Posed, When The Internet Is In Everything?

Global Right on Internet
This week Google’s Eric Schmidt was on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he suggested that the future Internet will...
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Activists warn authorities against suppressing online space ahead of 2016 general elections.

Blog
By Solomon Lubambula As the country gears up for 2016 general elections, concerns of upholding citizens’ freedom of expression before,...
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UCC and Police should make content of the signed MoU public.

UW Statements
Kampala, 21st/Jan/2015, Unwanted witness Uganda is concerned by the secretive signing and hiding the content of a Memorandum of Understanding...
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Declaration

Global Right on Internet
  A Digital Citizen's Bill of Rights 1. Freedom - digital citizens have a right to a free, uncensored internet...
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Secret US cybersecurity report: encryption vital to protect private data

Secret US cybersecurity report: encryption vital to protect private data

Global Right on Internet
A secret US cyber security report warned that government and private computers were being left vulnerable to online attacks from...
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Mass surveillance not effective for finding terrorists

Mass surveillance not effective for finding terrorists

Global Right on Internet
Some UK politicians are trying once again to pass mass surveillance laws after the Paris attacks. It's a misguided approach,...
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Swiss Government forced to reveal destinations, cost of surveillance exports

Swiss Government forced to reveal destinations, cost of surveillance exports

Global Right on Internet
In an enormous breakthrough for those seeking transparency and accountability to the shadowy surveillance industry, the Swiss Government has been...
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Can the government ban encryption?

Can the government ban encryption?

Global Right on Internet
Whenever the terrorist threat is increased, as it has been since the tragic events in Paris last week, so too...
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Facebook succumbs to pressure and endlessly closes Ugandans At Heart page.

Facebook succumbs to pressure and endlessly closes Ugandans At Heart page.

News Briefs
Management of facebook has given in to pressure from Uganda and closed a facebook page for online activists named Ugandans...
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David Cameron in ‘cloud cuckoo land’ over encrypted messaging apps ban

David Cameron in ‘cloud cuckoo land’ over encrypted messaging apps ban

Global Right on Internet
David Cameron is “living in cloud cuckoo land” when he suggests a new Tory government would ban messaging apps that...
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Uganda Police signs a secret MOU with Uganda Communication Commission.

Uganda Police signs a secret MOU with Uganda Communication Commission.

News Briefs
The Uganda Police Force has signed a secret Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) to share information...
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Police extends bond for the online activist.

News Briefs
Masindi, 29th, December 2014; Police in the Mid western Uganda has extended the bond given to the veteran journalist, Jonathan...
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Police is harassing an online activist in Mid-western Uganda

News Briefs
Masindi, 25th, December, 2014; Police in mid- western Uganda is harassing an online activist Jonathan Akweteireho for his online engagement...
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Unwanted Witness report on internet freedoms in uganda

UW Reports
Report Summary For Immediate release The right to privacy and internet freedoms facing threats in Uganda – Unwanted Witness Report...
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Joint Media Statement On The IHR Day on 10th December 2014

UW Statements
The theme for this year’s International Human Rights Day is ‘Human Rights 365,’ which encompasses the idea that every day...
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Freedom on the Net 2014

Global Right on Internet
Tightening the Net: Governments Expand Online Controls Freedom on the Net 2014 – the fifth annual comprehensive study of internet...
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Digital Security Guide for African Environmental Rights Defenders

Global Right on Internet
With the growth of technology and increasing use of digital advocacy and communication tools to do their work, ERDs in...
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Individual Privacy

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Europe’s next privacy war is with websites silently tracking users

Europe’s next privacy war is with websites silently tracking users

Privacy Rights
European data protection watchdogs publish guidance on web tracking using device fingerprinting that could result in more ‘I agree’ forms...
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Edward Snowden revelations have had limited effect on privacy

Edward Snowden revelations have had limited effect on privacy

Global Right on Internet
Chances are if you’re reading the Unwanted Witness website, you’ve heard of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. But what about the...
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The SINGLE Most Important Step to Protect Yourself from Government Spying

Global Right on Internet
Given that the NSA is tapping into your phone calls and spying on your Internet activities, you might have switched...
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How to Protect Yourself From Unethical Or Illegal Spying

Privacy Rights
A quick Google search for “spy software” yields over a 100 million results. Clearly, there is massive interest in spying...
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Regin Cyber-Spy Malware Targeted High-Priority Intelligence Quarry

Regin Cyber-Spy Malware Targeted High-Priority Intelligence Quarry

Privacy Rights
NEWS ANALYSIS: It's not likely that your network will get hit by the Regin malware by accident. But if you...
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Hacker Lexicon: What Is End-to-End Encryption?

Hacker Lexicon: What Is End-to-End Encryption?

Privacy Rights
Plenty of companies brag that their communications app is encrypted. But that marketing claim demands a followup question: Who has...
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Cyber abuse should not kill on and offline rights

Blog
By  Solomon Lubambula It would be quite sad for you to wake up one morning to be a washed with...
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Request for Comments on the Draft Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2014

Blog
  With the advancement of technology, more organizations are using computers to store and process personal information. Databases maybe easily...
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U.K. ISPs Agree To Do More To Filter Extremist Content Online

U.K. ISPs Agree To Do More To Filter Extremist Content Online

Global Right on Internet
The U.K. government’s latest crack down on terrorism is once again focusing on the digital sphere, with Prime Minister David Cameron announcing...
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Mass surveillance: exceptional measure or dangerous habit?

Mass surveillance: exceptional measure or dangerous habit?

Global Right on Internet
The digital communications revolution has led to “perhaps the greatest liberation movement the world has ever known,” the Deputy High...
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UN calls for balance between privacy and security

Global Right on Internet
In a special discussion at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Flavia Pansieri, the United Nations (UN) Deputy High Commissioner...
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Complicity in Censorship: Facebook’s Latest Government Requests Report

Global Right on Internet
For years, pundits and scholars have warned of the implications of social media companies capitulating to foreign governments, handing over...
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Face Book report on requests made by different governments in the world

Global Right on Internet
  Face Book report on requests made by different governments in the world.Find the link below; https://govtrequests.facebook.com/
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Internet intermediaries

Global Right on Internet
Internet intermediaries – such as internet service providers, search engines and social media platforms – play a crucial role in...
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Schneier on Security

Global Right on Internet
Whatsapp Is Now End-to-End Encrypted Whatapp is now offering end-to-end message encryption: Whatsapp will integrate the open-source software Textsecure, created...
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EFF backs new nonprofit free certificate authority “Let’s Encrypt

EFF backs new nonprofit free certificate authority “Let’s Encrypt

Global Right on Internet
It will be overseen by Internet Security Research Group with backing from EFF, Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai and others, and will...
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Online mass-surveillance: “Protect right to privacy even when countering terrorism” – UN expert

Global Right on Internet
NEW YORK (23 October 2014) – United Nations human rights expert Ben Emmerson today urged Governments currently engaged on mass...
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Experts call for ‘return to human intelligence’ after Snowden

Experts call for ‘return to human intelligence’ after Snowden

Global Right on Internet
Security agencies need a ‘real cultural shift’ including protection for whistleblowers and citizens as part of its oversight body Edward...
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SNOWDEN NSA FILES SURVEILLANCE REVELATIONS DECODED

Global Right on Internet
What the revelations mean for you. When Edward Snowden met journalists in his cramped room in Hong Kong's Mira hotel...
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Censorship 2.0: Shadowy forces controlling online conversations

Global Right on Internet
  KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — It was perhaps a bit unfortunate, but in October, about a hundred journalists, civil...
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Obama says FCC should reclassify internet as a utility

Obama says FCC should reclassify internet as a utility

News Briefs
President Obama has come out in support of reclassifying internet service as a utility, a move that would allow the...
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DATA PROTECTION LAW.

Blog
A blame game has ensued between the two arms of government as citizens’ intensify their constitutional demand for government’s observance...
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Phone and web data plan under fire for interfering with privacy

Global Right on Internet
  The federal government’s plans to retain phone and web data for two years will unreasonably interfere with privacy and...
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Facebook updates privacy policy to clarify how it uses data from 1.3bn users

Facebook updates privacy policy to clarify how it uses data from 1.3bn users

Global Right on Internet
Facebook has once again moved to simplify its description of how it uses the data generated by its 1.3 billion...
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Press statement For Unwanted Witness Report to Ugandan Parliament

News Briefs
Parliament should urgently enact a law on privacy and data protection to safe-guard citizens’ online freedoms and rights – says...
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UN enters late-stage negotiations for recognition of right to privacy in digital age

Global Right on Internet
  Last year, prompted by the Snowden revelations, the UN took the important step to address global mass surveillance: the...
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INEQUITABLE LAND OWNERSHIP ASTONISHES COURT.

Blog
By Solomon Lubambula KAMPALA: The land division of Kampala High court was recently astonished to learn that an individual called...
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Germany tops table of Facebook data requests

Germany tops table of Facebook data requests

Global Right on Internet
New figures from Facebook show that the German government makes more requests for user data, relative to the size of...
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I fight surveillance

Global Right on Internet
For more information follow these links below https://www.ifightsurveillance.org/en https://www.ifightsurveillance.org
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Whisper denies tracking claims

Whisper denies tracking claims

Global Right on Internet
https://www.unwantedwitness.org/revealed-how-whisper-app-tracks-anonymous-users/ The editor of Whisper, an app for people to share secrets anonymously, has angrily denied reports that it has...
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Revealed: How Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users

Revealed: How Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users

Global Right on Internet
Some Whisper users monitored even after opting out of geolocation services Company shares some information with US Department of Defense...
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Youth to youth Fund

Youth to youth Fund

Privacy Rights
As we aim at fostering an enterprising youth movement in Kampala through  ICT, Unwanted Witness tapped into the ICT graduates...
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Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google

Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google

Global Right on Internet
According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox,...
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China Clamps Down on Web, Pinching Companies Like Google

China Clamps Down on Web, Pinching Companies Like Google

Blog
HONG KONG — Google’s problems in China just got worse. As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security,...
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Digital Literacy Is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don’t Know What It Means

Digital Literacy Is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don’t Know What It Means

Blog
The entrance to GitHub is the most Instagram-able lobby in tech. It’s a recreation of the Oval Office, and the...
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Understaffed ICT ministry continues to cripple the sector.

Blog
By Solomon Lubambula Whereas the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) could be the springboard for country’s economic development in the near...
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Activists, Lawyers & Journalists: Open More Space for Civil Society and Human Rights at IGF

Global Right on Internet
We, the undersigned representatives of a group of global activists, journalists and lawyers from more than a dozen countries who...
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African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms

Internet Values
African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms          Emphasising that the Internet is an enabling space and...
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The Uw News-Brief: Unveiling Engo Framework To Civil Society Organizations In Uganda

News Briefs
The Uw News-Brief:  Unveiling Engo Framework To Civil Society Organizations In Uganda  Kampala, 19th/August/2014; The Unwanted Witness-Uganda, an organisation working...
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The United Nations report on Unregulated Mass Surveillance is Timely, says the Unwanted Witness.

News Briefs
  Kampala, 18/July/2014, Unwanted witness Uganda is welcoming the United Nations (UN) report which raises concerns on “the right to...
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African Declaration for Internet Rights and Freedoms

Global Right on Internet
Preamble Reaffirming the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights of 1981, the Declaration of Windhoek on Promoting an Independent...
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Facebook draws fire from privacy advocates over ad changes

Facebook draws fire from privacy advocates over ad changes

Global Right on Internet
Facebook came under fire Thursday from privacy advocates who say that changes to its ad network mark an unprecedented expansion...
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Hong Kong Voting Site Suffers Massive DDoS Attack Before Civil Referendum

Hong Kong Voting Site Suffers Massive DDoS Attack Before Civil Referendum

Global Right on Internet
Just days before a citizen-led online referendum on voting rights, the technical platform that advocates had planned to use for...
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The need for a Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy at the UN

The need for a Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy at the UN

Global Right on Internet
  The past year has been an important one for the right to privacy. Privacy was Dictionary.com’s word of the...
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Laws on the use of force by the police require urgent global reform, UN human rights expert says

Laws on the use of force by the police require urgent global reform, UN human rights expert says

Governance and accountability
GENEVA (13 June 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns, stressed that...
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Global Internet Report

Global Internet Report

Global Right on Internet
The Global Internet Report is the first in a series meant to celebrate the progress of the Internet, highlight trends,...
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Enemies of the Internet 2014: entities at the heart of censorship and surveillance

Enemies of the Internet 2014: entities at the heart of censorship and surveillance

Global Right on Internet
  This year’s “Enemies of the Internet” report, which Reporters Without Borders publishes every year on World Day Against Cyber-Censorship...
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Telecoms banned from sending junk SMS

Telecoms banned from sending junk SMS

Global Right on Internet
Telecoms banned from sending junk SMSPublish Date: Jun 08, 2014 By David Mugabe KAMPALA - All new telecom promotions have...
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Parliament should reject the 200 billion Uganda Shillings mass surveillance supplementary budget.

Parliament should reject the 200 billion Uganda Shillings mass surveillance supplementary budget.

Blog
The Unwanted Witness is calling upon Ugandan legislators to uphold the Constitution and protect citizens from surveillance. Kampala 21/May/2014, the...
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The Unwanted Witness (UW) News Brief: Government of Uganda is procuring surveillance equipment to spy on citizens

The Unwanted Witness (UW) News Brief: Government of Uganda is procuring surveillance equipment to spy on citizens

News Briefs
Kampala, 19th/May/2014; The Government of Uganda is requesting for a supplementary budget of 200 billion Uganda shillings equivalent to over...
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EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline

EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline

Global Right on Internet
COUCIL OF THE EUROPEA UIO EN EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline FOREIG AFFAIRS Council...
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You are here High Court slams HMRC for unlawful concealing of information surrounding export of spyware FinFisher

You are here High Court slams HMRC for unlawful concealing of information surrounding export of spyware FinFisher

Global Right on Internet
In a damning judgment today the Administrative Court declared that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) acted unlawfully and “irrationally”...
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Is Uganda ready for E-learning?

Is Uganda ready for E-learning?

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  By Solomon Lubambula slubambula@gmail.com As the government announced its preparations for the E-learning conference slated for the 28th -30th...
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Google, Facebook, And More Than 100 Tech Companies Come Together To Defend Net Neutrality

Google, Facebook, And More Than 100 Tech Companies Come Together To Defend Net Neutrality

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  This afternoon, a coalition of more than 100 tech companies wrote a joint letter to the FCC standing in...
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The unemployment paradox: Youth deserve better!

The unemployment paradox: Youth deserve better!

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The high level of unemployment among the youth is a global concern as it is a recipe for organized crime,...
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Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet ‘Bill Of Rights’

Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet ‘Bill Of Rights’

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Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff signed into law a kind of Internet bill of rights on Wednesday. , the law enshrines...
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Unwanted Witness (UW) News Brief: LGBTI online community experiencing “Zeus malware”.

Unwanted Witness (UW) News Brief: LGBTI online community experiencing “Zeus malware”.

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Kampala, 24th/April/2014; Barely two months after the controversial Anti homosexuality Bill was signed into law, the LGBTI online community in...
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Facebook report reveals extent of global online censorship

Facebook report reveals extent of global online censorship

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By Jamie Harris Facebook has published a report detailing the extent of censorship in countries across the world, as well...
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Study Finds No Evidence of Heartbleed Attacks Before the Bug Was Exposed

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By NICOLE PERLROTHSAN FRANCISCO — Ever since the Heartbleed bug was exposed last week, the question everyone has been asking...
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Why the Web Needs Perfect Forward Secrecy More Than Ever

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EFF has long advocated for websites to support HTTPS instead of plain HTTP to encrypt and authenticate data transmitted on...
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Small grants recipients(web we want)

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The Unwanted Witness (Uganda) Twitter: @unwantedwitness About: Unwanted Witness was registered in 2013 as a non-partisan and non-profit organisation that uses...
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The Day we Fight Back UW testimonies

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[column grid="2" span="1"]2014-01-10 (08:00-12:00) The Day we Fight Back UW testimonies " [/column]
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Phone users demand for Data Protection law.

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By Solomon Lubambula Your may recall that a few years ago one of the presidential candidates during the 2011 general...
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Call for Amendment of the Anti-Pornography Act, 2014

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PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2014 Call for Amendment of the Anti-Pornography Act, 2014 As we celebrate 25...
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UW Press Statement: Uganda Police Force should make powers of the Cyber Crime Unit public.

UW Press Statement: Uganda Police Force should make powers of the Cyber Crime Unit public.

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Kampala, 20 /march/2014, Unwanted witness Uganda is concerned by the Uganda Police Force’s move to establish a Cyber Crimes Unit...
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Telecom Consumers complain about Fraud by service providers.

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By Solomon Lubambula Unlike for other services, many people know little if any about their rights as mobile phone users,...
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Activists cry foul as police set up cyber crime unit

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  By ANDREW BAGALA Posted  Wednesday, March 19  2014 at  02:00 Kampala. Police are setting up a cybercrime unit to crackdown on...
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Police establishes cyber crimes unit to curtail online freedoms

Police establishes cyber crimes unit to curtail online freedoms

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The Unwanted witness is concerned about the continuous encroachment of citizen’s privacy online under the guise of fighting cyber crime. ...
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The UW News-brief:  Government should expedite the enactment of a privacy and data protection law to protect consumers` privacy rights

The UW News-brief: Government should expedite the enactment of a privacy and data protection law to protect consumers` privacy rights

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Kampala, 14th /March/2014; The Unwanted Witness – Uganda (UW-U) joins other stakeholders working on consumer rights in the telecommunications industry/...
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Freedom Online: Joint Action for Free Expression on the Internet

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  1 Underscoring our commitment to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human...
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Encryption is the answer to NSA surveillance

Encryption is the answer to NSA surveillance

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With an image of the U.S. Constitution as his background, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden beamed in through a choppy Google...
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Internet intermediaries: Dilemma of liability

Internet intermediaries: Dilemma of liability

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Types of intermediaries Given the complexity of the internet, there are a number of different types of intermediaries. For the...
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International Mechanisms for Promoting Freedom of Expression

International Mechanisms for Promoting Freedom of Expression

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JOINT DECLARATION ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND THE INTERNET The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and...
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Human Rights Abuses in Ugandan Cells Agonize Activist.

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DEO WALUSIMBI Violence, beatings, poor health conditions and feeding on one meal a day are a daily occurrence in Ugandan...
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RSA Conference Proves Why the Privacy Landscape Is Challenging

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From Monday, Feb. 24 to Friday, Feb. 28, I was trapped in the bowels of the Moscone Center at the...
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We need a privacy rapporteur, says UN free speech boss

We need a privacy rapporteur, says UN free speech boss

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By Milana Knezevic There should be a special United Nations mandate for protecting the right to privacy, says the Frank...
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U.S., British spy agencies collected millions of images from Yahoo webcam chats: Report

U.S., British spy agencies collected millions of images from Yahoo webcam chats: Report

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QMI Agency British and U.S. spy agencies worked together to collect and store millions of webcam images from unsuspecting Internet...
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Social media reveals more than NSA

Social media reveals more than NSA

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama over the NSA's practice of collecting and storing...
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NSA robots are ‘collecting’ your data, too, and they’re getting away with it

NSA robots are ‘collecting’ your data, too, and they’re getting away with it

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By Bruce Schneider Eavesdropping by algorithm is still eavesdropping, whether a human looks at your data or not. Real reform...
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Report: U.K. Spy Agency Stored Millions of Webcam Images  Read more: Edward Snowden NSA Leaks:

Report: U.K. Spy Agency Stored Millions of Webcam Images Read more: Edward Snowden NSA Leaks:

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By Denver Nicks @DenverNicks A British spy agency collected millions of still images while eavesdropping on Yahoo webcam chats by citizens of...
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Minister and MPs clash over the Anti-pornography Act.

Minister and MPs clash over the Anti-pornography Act.

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By Solomon Lubambula The Anti-pornography Act causes controversy between legislature and the executive as the public takes the law in...
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Anti-Homosexuality law in Uganda violates human rights and endangers LGBT people – Pillay

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GENEVA (24 February 2014) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday denounced the anti-homosexuality law...
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Activists to Sue Government over Anti-pornography law.

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BY DEO WALUSIMBI Activists have embarked on a court process, suing government for what they term as gross violation of...
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Uganda’s Museveni responds to USA’s Obama on Anti-homosexuality bill

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We do not want anybody to impose their views on us BY DEO WALUSIMBI Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has issued...
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Minority Groups take the Battle to Constitutional Court.

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By Unwanted Witness After the recent pronouncement by President Yoweri Museveni to endorse the controversial Anti-homosexuality bill, the minority community...
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The anti-pornography Law passed.

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By Solomon Lubambula In a bid to address the increasing cases of immorality and criminal acts in our society, President...
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America warns Uganda over anti-homosexuality bill

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  By Deo  Walusimbi Just hours after Ugandan President Yoweri  Kaguta Museveni agreed to assent to the controversial Anti-homosexuality bill...
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Telecom companies should stop mis-using our information-subscribers demand.

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By Solomon Lubambula Mobile phone subscribers want government to bar telecom companies from misusing personal information gathered during mandatory Sim...
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Chapter four partner with an MP to highlight illegality of the controversial Uganda’s anti-homosexuality Bill.

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BY DEO WALUSIMBI Barely two months since the controversial anti-homosexuality bill was passed by the Ugandan Parliament, chapter four, a...
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How Big Was The Day We Fight Back?

How Big Was The Day We Fight Back?

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This is Michigan Stadium, the largest football stadium by capacity in the United States. It fits 109,901 people. Imagine two...
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South African Government still funding VASTech, knows previous financing was for mass surveillance

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By: Kenneth Page on: 30-Jan-2014 Over the past half year, Privacy International has been investigating the sale of surveillance technology...
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Internet protest to ‘fight back’ against surveillance

Internet protest to ‘fight back’ against surveillance

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BY Bridget Bowman  February 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM EST Creative Commons photo of a march against NSA mass surveillance...
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Kenyan Gays protest against Ugandan anti-homosexuality law

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UNWANTED WITNESS-UGANDA Gays in Kenya under their umbrella body National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission swung into action when...
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The Day We Fight Back: Poland Fights Back Against Unchecked Surveillance

The Day We Fight Back: Poland Fights Back Against Unchecked Surveillance

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Katitza Rodriguez Electronic Frontier Foundation In 2013, we learned digital surveillance by the world’s governments knows no bounds. The NSA...
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¿Cómo nos vigilan en internet?

¿Cómo nos vigilan en internet?

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[column grid="2" span="1"]2014-01-10 (08:00-12:00) ¿Cómo nos vigilan en internet? [/column]
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#stopspying

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#stopspying Quotes that can be use in blogging before the day we fight back! "Personal data of citizens was intercepted...
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UW Testimonies on the Day we fight back

UW Testimonies on the Day we fight back

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[column grid="2" span="1"]2014-01-10 (08:00-12:00) UW Testimonies on the Day we fight back [/column]
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UW #FEB11th PRESS RELEASE. Citizens call: UCC to prevail over misuse of personal information by telecom companies

UW #FEB11th PRESS RELEASE. Citizens call: UCC to prevail over misuse of personal information by telecom companies

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  Citizens call: UCC to prevail over misuse of personal information by telecom companies on the day we fight back....
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Get ready: the day we fight back against mass surveillance is coming

Get ready: the day we fight back against mass surveillance is coming

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Lawmakers must understand that we will no longer tolerate a surveillance state. An online protest on 11 February is a...
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Tuesday declared ‘The Day we Fight Back’ against NSA et al

Tuesday declared ‘The Day we Fight Back’ against NSA et al

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By Simon Sharwood, 10th February 2014 We're not happy about surveillance and we've CHANGED OUR AVATARS to prove it!! A...
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The Day We Fight Back: Poland Fights Back Against Unchecked Surveillance

The Day We Fight Back: Poland Fights Back Against Unchecked Surveillance

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February 9, 2014 | By Katitza Rodriguez In 2013, we learned digital surveillance by the world’s governments knows no bounds....
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Anti -Gay bill threatens Public Health,a Gov’t warned.

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By Unwantedwitness. Health activists have warned Ugandan government that her efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS could be reversed...
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UW Petition; #FEB11th The day we fight back!

UW Petition; #FEB11th The day we fight back!

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UW Petition: A call to UCC to prevail over telecommunication companies from misusing customer’s personal information 5 Feb 2014 We...
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Gay community in Uganda issues a new report in a bid to fight Parliament’s kill the gay act

Gay community in Uganda issues a new report in a bid to fight Parliament’s kill the gay act

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UNWANTED WITNESS-UGANDA REPORTER The sexual minorities in Uganda (SMUG) have not relented in their effort to stop a legal process...
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After NSA Backdoors, Security Experts Leave RSA for a Conference They Can Trust

After NSA Backdoors, Security Experts Leave RSA for a Conference They Can Trust

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We thought we won the Crypto Wars, the fight to make strong encryption accessible to all, in the 1990s.1 We...
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Training UW team on how to use media tools to fight injustices in Uganda

Training UW team on how to use media tools to fight injustices in Uganda

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An asylum seeker from Uganda marches with the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force during the Gay Pride Parade in Boston, Massachusetts on June 8, 2013.

An asylum seeker from Uganda marches with the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force during the Gay Pride Parade in Boston, Massachusetts on June 8, 2013.

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UW Photo:evicted without compensation from her home by security forces in Mubende district, this woman found a new home

UW Photo:evicted without compensation from her home by security forces in Mubende district, this woman found a new home

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Cameron says he failed to make case for mass surveillance after Snowden leaks

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  Patrick Wintour, political editor The Guardian, Thursday 30 January 2014 19.56 GMT Former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward...
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StopWatching.Us: Rally Against Mass Surveillance

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  [column grid="2" span="1"]2013-10-26 (08:00-12:00) StopWatching.Us: Rally Against Mass Surveillance [/column]
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Data Privacy Day 2014: Think you have nothing to hide? Think again

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Monday, January 27, 2014 By Adam Kingsmith “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” This worn-out...
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Do Self-Destructing Messaging Apps Really Protect Your Privacy?

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Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by Jan Legnitto Over the past two years, a privacy backlash has been developing...
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The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance is February 11th, 2014′

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By: wendydavis Tuesday January 28, 2014 2:28 pm [column grid="2" span="1"]2014-01-10 (08:00-12:00) Aaron Swartz: The documentary-Teaser [/column] From theDayWeFightBack.org action...
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The Day We Fight Back to Protest Surveillance

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  By Matt Simons on Jan 28, 2014 On Feb. 11, 2014, in honor of the dual-anniversaries of Aaron Swartz’s...
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The Day We Fight Back

The Day We Fight Back

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Amy Kroin January 24, 2014 Surveillance Internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide last January — one year after he helped...
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Internet Activists Look Back at Aaron Swartz’s Life as ‘The Day We Fight Back’ Approaches

Internet Activists Look Back at Aaron Swartz’s Life as ‘The Day We Fight Back’ Approaches

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By DJ Pangburn On January 11, 2013, federal prosecutors, in an aggressive campaign to bring high-profile convictions against hackers, finally broke the spirit...
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Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

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PARK CITY, Utah—A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this...
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The Day We Fight Back: A Call To the International Community to Fight Against Mass Surveillance

The Day We Fight Back: A Call To the International Community to Fight Against Mass Surveillance

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January 27, 2014 | By Katitza Rodriguez The Snowden revelations have confirmed our worst fears about online spying. They show...
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Obama faces digital divide growing wider on heels of FCC court ruling

Obama faces digital divide growing wider on heels of FCC court ruling

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By Barnini Chakraborty Published January 27, 2014 The great digital divide that President Obama repeatedly has pledged to fix could...
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THE UNWANTED WITNESS statement on the Occasion of Government drafting a data protection and privacy Bill 2013

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  We welcome the government’s decision to enact a law on Data Protection and Privacy but; the Bill should order...
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Google Search now reveals semisecret origins of sites

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by Seth Rosenblatt January 22, 2014 5:27 PM PST Google tweaks search results to include Web site background information from...
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UW News:Internet freedom under threat – new study

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By Ephraim Kasozi Posted  Wednesday, January 22  2014 at  02:00 Kampala Although the Internet provides unrestricted platforms for expression and speech to...
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Government plans law to protect users of mobile phones

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By Stephen Otage Posted  Wednesday, January 22  2014 at  02:00 Kampala The Ministry of Information Communication Technology (ICT) is preparing a Bill...
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Social media changing the protest landscape in China

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By Stephen Junor Despite state censorship and political repression, social media is changing the protest landscape in China. With the...
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Advocates and digital rights defenders reject Obama’s ‘whitewash’ of intrusive spying regime

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1:19pm | 17 January 2014 | by Katherine Maher, Millions Invited to Participate in “The Day We Fight Back” to...
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Govt begins monitoring internet in Uganda

Govt begins monitoring internet in Uganda

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Monday 20th January, 2014 Internet Monitoring Government has invested heavily in monitoring devices to listen in, track and follow private...
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One Year After SOPA Blackout, Activists Celebrate ‘Internet Freedom Day’

One Year After SOPA Blackout, Activists Celebrate ‘Internet Freedom Day’

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Internet blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA, and in celebration, Internet activists...
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Web activists celebrate ‘Internet Freedom Day’

Web activists celebrate ‘Internet Freedom Day’

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By Hayley Tsukayama, Published: January 18, 2013 One year ago, Web activists were celebrating the end of two Internet piracy bills....
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Internet Freedom Day: This Year We Go to War for Net Neutrality

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By Marvin Ammori 01.18.14 7:00 AM The loss of net neutrality this week was even bigger than expected. This time...
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Internet freedom day poem

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THE CONFIDANTE Your most trusted friend To him you whisper your darkest and warmest thoughts And he embraces them all,...
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Online freedoms hang in balance as we commemorate Internet Freedom Day #January 18th

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Solomon Lubambula Often people are only concerned with their offline rights, forgetting that their online freedoms are equally paramount especially...
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Internet Freedom Day: Cyber space in Uganda at stake

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  Most of the issues discussed are theories in Uganda, with some formulated guidelines but nothing practically done.  Whenever it...
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Internet in Uganda: a growing baby with shrinking space to express self

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  If Internet in Uganda was a baby, he/she would be with every reason to write a petition well packaged...
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Unwanted Witness report on internet freedoms in Uganda

Unwanted Witness report on internet freedoms in Uganda

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Report Summary For Immediate release The right to privacy and internet freedoms facing threats in Uganda – Unwanted Witness Report...
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museveni-on-internet-misuse

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    listen to ‘Museveni on internet misuse’ on Audioboo  
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Uwantedwitness responds to security threats online with support from @webwewant

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  [column grid="2" span="1"]2014-01-10 (08:00-12:00) Godfrey discusses the findings about internet freedoms in Uganda [/column] [column grid="2" span="1"]2014-01-10 (08:00-12:00) Interactions...
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UW News: NITA, US, UTL reassure public on phone hackings

UW News: NITA, US, UTL reassure public on phone hackings

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By David Mugabe and Raymond Baguma THE Information Technology regulator is moving fast to close any gaps that can be...
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EU lacks a coherent strategy on free expression in digital sphere

EU lacks a coherent strategy on free expression in digital sphere

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By Mike Harris / 10 January, 2014 This article is part of a series based on our report, Time to...
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Worldwide Internet, social media and mobile statistics: Dig into 183 pages of data

Worldwide Internet, social media and mobile statistics: Dig into 183 pages of data

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By Jon Russell, Wednesday, 8 Jan '14 , 12:40pm Now that there are 2.5 billion people — roughly one-third of the...
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How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet

How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet

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Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and the other tech titans have had to fight for their lives against their own government. An...
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Unwanted witness-Uganda sensitize advocates on threats online

Unwanted witness-Uganda sensitize advocates on threats online

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DEO WALUSIMBI With the communication avenue in Uganda shifting from analog to digital, Unwanted Witness-Uganda, a human rights organization specialized...
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The Assembly and Association Briefing

The Assembly and Association Briefing

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Call for input as Kiai readies report on groups most at risk UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom...
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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks ‘at speed of light’: Spy tech catalog leaks

How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks ‘at speed of light’: Spy tech catalog leaks

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By Iain Thomson, The cellphone network you are connected to is not the network you want Mobile communications are also...
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10 ways governments are now stifling online speech.

10 ways governments are now stifling online speech.

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BY Sanja Kelly This year, at least 10 Internet users were arrested in Bahrain for insulting the king on Twitter. A...
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UW training on Responding to security emergencies online

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Responding to security emergencies online Event description Date: January 9, 2014 Trainers: -         Sarah Nalubwama -         G. W Ssebaggala -         Godfrey...
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UW News:UK, US ‘hacked into Uganda’s phone network’

UW News:UK, US ‘hacked into Uganda’s phone network’

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Publish Date: Jan 07, 2014 By Vision Reporter British and American intelligence agencies remotely hacked into Uganda’s telephone network system...
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2013 in Review: CDA 230 and Recurring Threats to Strong Online Speech Protections

2013 in Review: CDA 230 and Recurring Threats to Strong Online Speech Protections

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December 31, 2013 | By Adi Kamdar As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the...
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Yikes: NSA can turn on your iPhone’s camera, mic without you knowing

Yikes: NSA can turn on your iPhone’s camera, mic without you knowing

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By Chris Smith on Dec 31, 2013 at 7:45 AM The National Security Agency (NSA) has apparently able to hack...
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The NSA Has A Way To Intercept Computers Mid-Shipment And Install Spyware On Them

The NSA Has A Way To Intercept Computers Mid-Shipment And Install Spyware On Them

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  Steve Kovach| Dec. 29, 2013, 5:12 PM Spiegel Online has a lengthy new report out today detailing the exploits...
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