State of Internet Freedom in Africa 2019


This research was carried out by the Collaboration on International ICT

Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) with support of various partners.This research documents the trends in government internet controls, 1999-2019 in select African countries, tracking key trends in recent years, analysing the key risk factors, and mapping notable developments on data protection and privacy legislation and violations, and users’ understanding of protecting their privacy online. The study covers Bostwana Burundi, Cameroon, the DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

The research was conducted as part of CIPESA’s OpenNet Africa initiative (, which monitors and promotes internet freedom in Africa.

Find the full report here.


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