24 Jan 2019

As more Africans reach for the web, more leaders reach for ‘off’ switch

Even as connectivity increases, governments across Africa, and especially its autocratic leaders, have increasingly used control over the internet as a tool of repression, often with the claim to be combatting fake news or violent protests. These internet shutdowns, however, have costs that reach beyond politics. In 2018, 21 full

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08 Jan 2019

Gabon thwarts coup attempt as plotters are killed, hostages freed

The Gabonese government has successfully countered a military coup attempt that had taken control of state radio services and a major traffic route in the capital of Libreville. President Ali Bongo took power in 2009 upon the death of his father, who had ruled the country for over 40 years.

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30 Oct 2018

Anonymous hacks Gabon’s government websites

Anonymous claimed the recent hack of over 70 Gabon government websites, citing the dictatorial government as the reason and target. The current government of Gabon has been controlled by the family of current President Ali Bongo for almost 50 years. The country saw elections on Saturday, with the current administration

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