Report: Internet freedom and online safety in Uganda

A new survey on the online portal Speak Out Uganda has found that  signs that the Uganda government is monitoring certain online discussions. There are reports of unlawful content removal, a journalist is on trial for an online article published in 2010, Uganda Communications Commission ordered ISPs to block social media access in 2011. A substantial threat to online freedom involved the passage of the Uganda Communications Act 2012.

 

The activists and bloggers who participated in the survey felt the least safe during times of major political events. A sense of perceived surveillance often hung over them and friends would warn posters of consequences. In all, nearly 70% experienced intrusion on their online privacy at some point, usually in the form of hacking.

 

The full report is publicly accessible here.