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Top 10 “must reads” about the Internet Landscape in Uganda – 3rd Week of March 2021
As is the tradition, evey week, our team continues to roundup up the top 10 news stories about Uganda’s internet industry from several media outlets including government ministries, media centers, radio stations, newspapers, television stations and technology websites and publishing them right here.
So without further ado, here are the top 10 news stories about the internet took place in the country’s internet community over the past 7 days.
The Top 10 Internet Industry News Wrap for the 3rd Week of March 2021
The blue ticks or badges on social media accounts are entitled to a few chosen ones. Has it ever crossed your mind, why you are not in that bracket? For many, it is not essential as long as they get to post what they want but it is essential in this era of citizen journalism to distinguish between what sources to trust and vice versa.
The Uganda Communications Commission has, during the commemoration of the World Consumer Rights Day at UCC House in Bugolobi, cautioned the public to be more vigilant on their digital safety to avoid falling victim to fraudsters.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Director of UCC, Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, noted that technology is a double-edged sword that avails people with a host of opportunities and benefits, which, however, can be detrimental if abused.
Amid slowing economic activity, Covid-19 led to a surge in e-commerce and accelerated digital transformation.
As lockdowns became the new normal, businesses and consumers increasingly went digital, providing and purchasing more goods and services online, raising e-commerce’s share of global retail trade from 14% in 2019 to about 17% in 2020.
These and other findings are showcased in a new report, COVID-19 and E-Commerce: A Global Review, by UNCTAD and eTrade for all partners, reflecting on the powerful global and regional industry transformations recorded throughout 2020.
The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications has said the media innovations centre, which was commissioned last Friday, is aimed at shaping the future of the media industry in the country.
In an email response on Friday, Prof Lawrence Pintak, the dean of Graduate School of Media and Communications, said the Media Challenge Initiative Media Hub is a regional project that supports innovators and explores new ideas and opportunities to support the mainstream media transition to the next phase.
“This is part of GSMC’s role as a resource for East Africa’s media industry. Media in Uganda, like the rest of the world, are grappling with the twin challenges of digital transformation and the changing audience, which affects the bottom line. All of this has been made even more dramatic by Covid-19,” he said.
POATE is a tourism exposition organised annually by the UTB.
It brings together domestic, regional and international tour operators, travel agents, destination agencies and various players in the tourism trade to network and facilitate tourism business.
Ajarova said, the decision to go virtual was not only informed and influenced by the unique physical and logistical challenges posed by Covid-19 and the associated limitations, but it was also out of UTB’s desire to leverage the internet to bring on board as many participants as possible.
Civil society organisation, Unwanted Witness Uganda, have urged government to revise the Over the Top Tax (OTT) / Social Media Tax in order to be favourable to internet users.
Speaking to the media at the side-lines of the launch of a report on the current state, development of digital human rights and internet governance in Uganda, the executive director of the organization, Dorothy Mukasa, said many marginalized groups especially women and youths who can’t access internet due to the high costs involved.
Majority of Africans who use internet utilize it for social and entertainment purposes. They use it to stay in touch with family and friends. A Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey Report put the median Sub-Saharan African population who use internet for this purpose at 85 per cent. The same report highlights the next popular purpose of the internet in Sub-Saharan Africa to be the search for information and news about politics.
Raxio Data Center, Uganda’s first enterprise-grade, Tier III certified carrier-neutral data center has been documented in Forbes Africa magazine as turning Uganda and East Africa’s internet bio-network around by enhancing connectivity solutions.
In the “Uganda undiscovered series” RDC is highlighted as an essential player in Uganda’s socio-economic development as it plays a significant role in linking Uganda and Africa to a global data economy.
9 – Internet Issues – TV named best alternative learning method in Uganda
There are only a select number of countries where internet connectivity is nearly uniform and high quality. Internet connectivity is a major concern in developing and underdeveloped countries, particularly in African regions.
News reports from affected regions highlight the hardships of students to stream lecture videos or stay online throughout an online class. In Uganda, the cost of availing Internet connection is high, which also adds to the problem.
Freedom of expression and information activists have raised concerns about the shrinking online space available to Ugandans to engage socially and politically. According to a report by Internet freedom watchdog, Unwanted Witness, the Ugandan government is accused of increasing its regulation of digital spaces, leading to increased restrictions on how Ugandans can freely express themselves online.
More Internet Industry News Highlights in the 3rd Week of March 2021
- Internet Statistics: Uganda now at 18 million internet users, 3 million on facebook – See the growth chart in Internet users in all African countries since the year 2000.
- Are Internet Cafes out of Business in Uganda? With recent developments in the way people acquire internet, cafes find themselves with no options but to close – but there’s still a silver lining.
- MTN Group’s Vice President for the South and East African Markets, Yolanda Cuba, formerly the corporation’s Chief Digital and Fintech Officer shared her thoughts and insights on the Telecom Company’s plans for Uganda and the region under her watch.
- Victor Harison, commissioner for Economic Affairs of the African Union, explains the Digital Strategy African countries need to adopt.