Internet Shutdown in Chad

Senior Policy Advisor - Africa, of the Internet Society, Verengai Mabika, on 10 April 2018, posted about Internet shutdowns1 happening in Chad due to ongoing political unrests. In the report he mentions about the continuous disruptions of Internet and social media services since the 2nd of April; although it is not the first occurrence in 2018. There were earlier reports of Internet shutdowns in Chad in January 2018 and also a much longer 8-months social media cutoff in 2016 during the elections. [Read More]

Internet shutdown in Togo

On the 7th September 2017 the President of the Internet Society Chapter of Togo called out the internet community alerting an internet shutdown in Togo. In his statement, Norbert K. Glakpe, said that social media was fluctuating since the day before, i.e 6th September 2017 but then there was a total internet blackout since the morning of 7th September. Mobile internet service was unavailable from two different operators. Fixed line broadband was functioning for only one operator while the major Internet Service Provider blocked its broadband service. [Read More]

Content filtering in Mauritius. Can Mauritians opt-out?

I’ve been doing some search regarding how Internet content is regulated in the UK. News articles from BBC and the Guardian indicate that customers can opt-out from Internet filtering at the ISP level. Meanwhile in Mauritius people do not even know that their web traffic is filtered. Content filtering in Mauritius is a never-heard topic. In May 2015 I wrote about Internet filtering in Mauritius. I contacted the ICT Authority for answers but I was diplomatically asked to “shut up”. [Read More]

Internet filtering in Mauritius

Every other common Internet user in Mauritius to whom I asked whether he/she knew our Internet traffic is filtered by the ICT Authority, they replied NO! Some people have reacted with an outrage while others took it casually, like the Authority can do what it wants anyway. Maybe this docile nature of Mauritius Internet Users have over the past years given the impression that just anything & everything will be accepted. [Read More]