In 2015, Al-Shabaab terror groups began to cut mobile internet in areas it controls in southern Somalia - perhaps acting as an inspiration to African governments. (AU UN IST PHOTO/ David Mutua)

The Digital Enemy: Why Are African Governments So Afraid Of Social Media And The Internet?

The list of African countries that have blocked access to social media and the internet during elections and other politically sensitive periods is growing; there were at least 16 instances last year alone.


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The Internet Messenger, by Buky Schwarz. African governments are trying to keep up with a more technologically savvy population, to mixed success. (Photo/ Dr. Avishai Teicher Pikiwiki Israel)

Social Media Blocks In Africa; A Heavy Hand That Hints Of Desperation And Failure

This year alone, there have been at least six instances of blocking internet or social media during elections in Africa, or politically contentious times. Algeria even did it during exam season