The impact of the internet on human rights in Africa

 

Publication date: 
June 2017
Author: 
APC
Publisher: 
APC

In parts of Africa, governments have promulgated cybercrime legislation which has been used to prosecute and intimidate citizens for making any critical expression against governing regimes. They are also introducing special legislation that suspends or limits online mobilisation. But the internet has also increased, among others, people's ability to organise political activity, and increased the opportunities for self-publication and anonimity. How does the internet impact on human rights in Africa?