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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

29 June 2015

Why Is the Internet So Much Slower and More Expensive in Mali Than in Senegal or Côte d'Ivoire?

Compared to other countries in West Africa, Mali has low Internet speeds and high prices. A Malian civic group has launched a campaign to change this.

15 June 2015

Arbitrary Arrests, Cybercrime, and Mass Mobile Adoption: Monitoring Digital Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Global Voices speaks to Tom Rhodes, the East Africa representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the state of freedom of expression online in Sub-Saharan Africa.

12 June 2015

Ugandan Authorities Jail Facebook User for “Offensive” Comments About President Musveni

Robert Shaka, a Ugandan IT specialist, is in jail for allegedly running the controversial TVO-Uganda Facebook page. But multiple sources, including TVO-Uganda, say Shaka has been wrongly accused.

17 April 2015

Tanzania's Cyber Crime Bill Gives More Power to Police, Less to People

Leading opponents of the legislation from civil society say they will take the government to court if the president signs the bill into law.

22 February 2015

US Government Eases Sanctions to Allow Export of Personal Communications Tools to Sudan

The US government has issued a general license amending sanctions on Sudan to allow the export of certain personal communications technologies.

20 November 2014

Digital Security Guide for African Environmental Rights Defenders

As they increasingly use digital advocacy and communication tools to do their work, environmental rights defenders in Africa have become more and more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and online harassment.

13 November 2014

UPDATE: Gambian Blogger Released As Outrage Escalates

Jaw was released as students planned mass demonstrations to demand his freedom. The arrest of the young blogger and activist attracted substantial condemnation on social media.

16 June 2014

54 Days in Prison and Counting for Ethiopia's Zone 9 Bloggers

Six members of the Zone 9 blogging collective and three journalists have been in prison with no formal charges since April 25, 2014.

12 May 2014

Join the #FreeZone9Bloggers Tweetathon on May 14

Join Global Voices bloggers for an Africa-wide tweetathon in support of the nine bloggers and journalists arrested in late April and currently being detained in Ethiopia.

12 April 2014

#FreeCiaxon: Detained Nigerian Twitter User Released

Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi was detained shortly after he posted a series of photos and eyewitness reports on an escape attempt by several members of the northern Nigeria-based Boko Haram.