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Safeguarding the civil society: Assessing Internet Freedom and the Digital Resilience of civil society in East Africa

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Research report

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- Enablers
- Challenges
- Outcomes and Impacts

- Internet for Democracy
- Internet Governance
- Internet Safety

Author(s): Collaboration on International ICT Policy (CIPESA)

To measure the state of internet freedom in the region, we have taken the African Declaration of Internet Rights and Freedoms (ADIRF) as our key point of reference. This declaration, drafted and signed by a large array of African civil society organisations in collaboration with international internet freedom organisations, establishes a set of rigorous principles by which governments and other relevant stakeholders must abide in order to guarantee the online rights and freedoms of citizens across Africa. Although we were not able to map out the state of internet freedom across the entire region in this report, we were able to focus our efforts on some of the lesser-studied digital landscapes—Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. devised a three-pronged methodology to comprehensively assess the state of internet freedom in the focus countries, and gauge civil society’s ability to protect itself from digital threats.


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Country of Study:
East Africa,

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