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]

Anti-shutdown policy proposal

The Africa Internet Summit 2017 (AIS 2017) happened during the weeks of 21st May 2017 to 2nd June 2017. On the 31st May 2017 Public Policy Discussions were on the agenda. I attended remotely thanks to the live stream and live chat provisions made by AFRINIC. Among the various policy proposals set on the agenda I was particularly interested with the Anti-shutdown policy proposal. At the time of the discussion the policy proposal was at version two. [Read More]