Politics

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Egypt's police randomly searched people's mobile devices and 1,900 were arrested

Police randomly searched people's mobile devices and arrested some who were involved in protests against President Al Sisi. It is reported that about 1,900 Egyptians were arrested because of this for online dissent.

Trump is fighting Huawei for control of the computer-chip industry

Huawei is not only the world’s third-largest buyer of semiconductors but, through its subsidiary HiSilicon, one of China’s biggest semiconductor makers. Being shut off from US suppliers impedes both the competitiveness of its products and the development of its own chip-making capacity.

Kenya wants to license bloggers and WhatsApp/Facebook group admins

The Kenya Information and Communications (Amendment) Bill 2019 seeks to bring in regulations that will lead to the tightest control of social media usage in Kenya, affecting users, content creators, and Facebook/WhatsApp group administrators.

Uganda is using cyber laws to block activists on social media

There is a strong framework of international laws and conventions that defend free speech, but Uganda continues to limit freedom of expression especially when the people criticise their president.

Meet the 'varakashi' - Zimbabwe's online army

'Varakashi', which is the word for ‘destroyers’ in the Shona language is also the name of Zimbabwe's online army that spreads false information and fights online against any criticism of President Emerson Mnangagwa and his government.

Algorithms can help us detect fake news

Have you ever read something online and shared it among your networks, only to find out it was false? Using machine learning and natural language processing, researchers are developing an algorithm that can distinguish between real and fake news articles.

Museveni sued for blocking student on Twitter

In a case filed at the High Court in Kampala, a Ugandan student studying at Harvard University is suing President Yoweri Museveni for blocking him on Twitter. He alleges that one of the few ways to keep up with politics Uganda is through the social media platform.