Report Launch: Freedom of Expression and the Digital Environment in Eastern Africa 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Today , ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa (EA) has published its [ https://www.article19.org/freedom-of-expression-and-the-digital-environment-in-eastern-africa/ | Freedom of Expression and the Digital Environment in Eastern Africa 2020 ] report. This report examines the digital environment across six countries, namely Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The report focuses on developments and challenges across three key areas, namely:

1. Freedom of expression online: Can words land you behind bars?
2. Internet accessibility and affordability: Are governments across Eastern Africa pulling their own weight to narrow the digital divide?
3. Privacy and data protection: Is the public’s personal data safe across Eastern Africa?

The report proposes that, at a minimum, the six Eastern African countries should:

* repeal and amend laws and policies which criminalise freedom of expression online
* regularly publish comprehensive annual reports on universal access/service funding mechanisms
* refrain from adopting and using Covid-19 contact tracing applications without appropriate human rights safeguards, including sunset clauses to strengthen privacy and data protection.

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I am happy to provide more information and address any of your queries.

Regards,

Sigi Waigumo Mwanzia,
Digital Policy Consultant.

Read more about ARTICLE 19’s #MissingVoices campaign here: [ https://www.article19.org/campaigns/missingvoices/ | https://www.article19.org/campaigns/missingvoices/ ]

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