Tanzania: The State of Digital Access & Rights during COVID19

A brief timeline which just depicts the entry and departure point of COVID19 in Tanzania
  1. The new Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2020 causes Digitally facilitated Repression at individual and institutional level. The regulations ban on sharing information on COVID-19 which has been criticised having been used as a means of preventing citizens or media to report/comment in regards to the pandemic.
  2. Digital Technologies considered and a negative aspect in the majority of society, a lot of effort is placed to discouraging use of Smartphones and Digital Technologies especially on Women.
  3. Online Gender Based violence; surveys we did through the Women At Web project showed that more than 70% of women suffer from mental stress and anxiety due to their experiences of online violence. While there is no serrated data, the quick surveys give a reflection of experiences of women online. It goes against their Digital Rights to participate fully and freely.
  4. Internet disruptions imposed by Mobile companies in recent weeks especially during the General Elections of 2020. The internet and social media has been disrupted at a great cost to the the digital economy and freedom of online expression and digital participation.
  5. Technological Gap; areas with access to reliable internet separates regions from others. This hampers the access and possibilities of people to have access to the resource. Thus the growth of those with digital skills and those with lack of.

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Asha D. Abinallah

Asha D. Abinallah

Expert at the intersection of Internet on Information, Innovation, Technology & Governance in New Media | DW Certified Trainer | CEO at Media Convergency