This project is funded by the Africa Digital Rights Fund of The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa ( ). Global Voices is part of the inaugural cohort of grantees for the African Digital Rights Fund.
Across Africa, governments and nongovernmental political actors repeatedly deploy tactics to interfere with users’ rights to freedom of expression and access to information online, particularly during events of major political significance.
An increasing number of African governments access to the internet, mobile networks and social media platforms as a strategic tactic to quell dissent and maintain power — particularly during protests, elections and times of political upheaval. Governments and other political actors also deploy tactics that aim to disinform the public during such major events.
Online mis/disinformation and the impact of internet shutdowns on citizens’ rights to freedom of expression in Africa
On July 9, 2019 The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) announced that the African Digital Rights Fund (ADRF) was awarded to 10 initiatives, including Global Voices, to advance digital rights in Africa.