Digital rights

Digital rights refers to your right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas online, without fear or restriction from surveillance, censorship or laws silencing dissent.

As people turn to digital environments as a way of expressing views they may not feel safe expressing through other channels, more and more governments are using legislation, including privacy and national security laws, to gain control over digital spaces and infrastructure.

In addition, rights such as the right to privacy online have not yet been entrenched in the minds and actions of many citizens and yet citizens across the continent are using various technological services (email, social networking, banking etc.) every day, without adequate safeguards.

Digital rights news from our chapters

MISA Botswana elects new NGC

MISA Botswana elects new NGC

The Botswana Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Botswana) on 21 January 2023 elected a new National Governing Council (NGC) that will be led by Thomas Nkhoma as chairperson. The new NGC replaces the one that was led by Mboki Chilisa, who will...

Zimbabwe should #KeepItOn#

Zimbabwe should #KeepItOn#

By Nompilo Simanje Internet shutdowns have become a common trend in Africa, especially during elections, protests or other conflicts. In Southern Africa, many countries have a history of internet shutdowns including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Democratic...