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Sub-Saharan Africa Cyber Threat Modeling

The project will detect, document, and analyze current and emerging cyber threats with a long term goal to mitigate their impact on users at risk in specific Sub-Saharan African countries especially around elections

Specifically the project will study Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Togo, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Through a combination of technical and investigative means, the project will examine models of attacks including both the means or tools employed for such attacks, appropriated strategies or tactics, such as blocking of website pages, phishing and other social engineering methods.

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Current project status

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

Funding to date

2017 $57,200 12 months
Internet Freedom Fund

Total Funding: $57,200

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)
  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication


  • Research


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


  • Cameroon
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • South Sudan
  • Zimbabwe

Technology attributes

  • Not applicable

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