FMF NEWSLETTER 14 April 2021

14 April 2021

Why we cannot give the government a whiff of power over the internet - Martin van Staden

A recent Bloomberg report in Business Day exposed the harrowing shutdown of the internet in Uganda earlier in 2021, and elsewhere in Africa previously, arguing that the promise of internet freedom is being stolen from Africans.
These shutdowns  are usually an effort by governments to silence political dissent. Yet much of the power governments have over cyberspace is freely given by the people. Perhaps we the people should reconsider our generosity.

On Tuesday 13 April 2021, FMF launched a Socio Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA) of ICT and spectrum policy, and its impact on consumers. The findings are not good. “Regulatory failure and outmoded ideology have deprived South African consumers of better mobile coverage and lower prices. That is the key message of this study,” said FMF President Leon Louw.

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