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Sub Saharan-Africa Cyber Regionalism and Elections

The project generated detailed studies of information controls in Lesotho, Rwanda and Angola.

The project generated detailed studies of information controls in Lesotho, Rwanda and Angola. These studies focused on periods around elections. The project also contributed to analyzing Gambias network shutdown. The results of this research were presented in various forums, both academic and non-academic.

Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2016 $56,000 12 months
Internet Freedom Fund

Total Funding: $56,000

Addressed problems

  • Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
  • Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
  • Technical attacks against government critics, journalists, and/or human rights organizations (Cyberattacks)
  • Localized or nationwide communications shut down or throttling (Blackouts)
  • Pro-government manipulation of online discussions (propaganda, imitation content, and/or sockpuppets)
  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication
  • Policies, laws, or directives that increase surveillance, censorship, and punishment

Objective(s)

  • Research

Beneficiaries

  • General public
  • Activists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs
  • Academia

Region(s)

  • East Africa
  • West Africa
  • South Africa

Countries

  • Angola
  • Congo (Kinshasa)
  • Gambia
  • Lesotho
  • Rwanda

Technology attributes

  • Not applicable

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